Carrot and Apple Cake

February 8, 2013 15 Comments by Beth

IMG_0566Carrot Cake is a dessert I always considered to be very “American” – along with staples such as apple pie or chocolate chip cookies, a moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting seemed to be something served on most American tables throughout the years.  After doing a little digging though, I came to learn that like most “American” foods, carrot cake is the result of recipes brought from European immigrants in the early 20th century.  Think about it – for being a vegetable, the carrot contains quite a bit of sugar.  It’s a natural choice for home-cooks who wanted to add just a touch a sweetness and moisture to the traditional idea of a spice cake.

What really sets this cake apart (and probably the reason it has remained a favorite for all of these years) is the frosting.  A combination of powdered sugar, butter, and cream cheese has a tang unlike any other cake topping out there.  It is my firm belief that without this fluffy and flavorful topping, this humble and lumpy cake would not have made its mark in the history books.

The cake I created for you today was inspired by the winter storms that have been relentlessly dumping snow for weeks here in Western Michigan.  My teacher friends have had more snow days in 2013 than I probably had in my entire school career.  After taking a drive through Manistee National Forest the other weekend to soak in the beauty of our own Winter Wonderland, I wanted to make a dessert that reminded me of the fluffy snow that was just stuck to the tree branches.

I added some tart chunks of apples to the cake for little bursts of flavor in every slice.  There is also some additional cinnamon in the frosting to compliment the subtle spices of ginger and cinnamon in the actual cake.  Sprinkle this beauty with some toasted coconut for a little crunch and texture and you have the Foodinary Edition of this American classic.

 

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15 Comments

  1. MJ LK
    4 years ago

    the flour is the wheat flour..

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  2. MJ LK
    4 years ago

    I want to make this but in a cup cake..

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  3. Susan Baldwin Bellonis
    5 years ago

    How much flour? I don't see it listed in the ingredients. :)

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    • Beth
      5 years ago

      It must have gotten cut off after I added the “print” button – It’s up now! Thanks for the eagle eyes ladies : )

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  4. Mandy
    5 years ago

    I can’t see anywhere the measurement for flour?

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  5. Darlene Stirling
    5 years ago

    sounds good sure wish I could of printed it.

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    • Beth
      5 years ago

      Darlene,

      I’m currently working on a print button so check back soon for that feature, Thanks for the feedback!

      Beth

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    • Heather Kershaw Carpentier
      5 years ago

      This looks so yummy, and the frosting a bit different. I just clicked on the "print" then right clicked and saved it to a file…will print it when we get home…worked! Thx for sharing…carrot cake is Dwight's fav!

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      • Beth
        5 years ago

        Heather, Carrot Cake is a family favorite for me too. Let me know how it turns out!

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  6. Cathy
    5 years ago

    Must try this – sounds delish and healthy 😉
    Thanks Beth!

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  7. Angela Hayward Hecksel
    5 years ago

    Yum! If only you had shared!!!

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  8. Mary
    5 years ago

    Isn’t Cake a wonderful thing!? And perfect to enjoy on a cold, snowy day- thanks for the suggestion. Perfect photography and presentation!

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  9. Mom
    5 years ago

    Your picture and description make my mouth water! It makes me would to make this recipe quick before Lent starts!

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  10. Judy Trudeau
    5 years ago

    Beth, this looks awesome. Do you think I could make it with flours that aren't wheat?

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    • Beth
      5 years ago

      Judy, Other flours would work just fine. Good all-purpose flour would do the trick!

      Reply

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