Actually, De Piggy's bakin' but she's not entirely in de oven, except to put in batter and take out cake! Sunshine and de Princess at de Tower asked mi about de spicy carrot cake recipe in their comments at one ov mi posts, so voila! This recipe is for everyone who loves to bake--Dr. D, de Princess might soon be bakin' this cake for your samplin pleasure ;-).
For the cake you need: 3 cups grated carrots, 3 cups sugar OR Piggy's way: 2 cups reduced (boiled down & cooled) fruit juices, 2 cups sifted flour, 2 tspns baking powder, 2 tspns baking soda, 1 tspn cinnamon, 1/2 tspn ground cloves, 1 tspn nutmeg, 1 cup seedless raisins, 4 large eggs OR Piggy's way: 2 eggs + 2 egg whites, 1 cup coconut oil OR Piggy's way: 1/2 cup coconut oil+1/2 cup apple/carrot puree, 1 tspn salt, grated rind of 1 orange, 1 tspn almond water, 1/2 cup crushed nuts.
Beat together egg and sugar, then add oil and beat to smooth consistency. Sift together the dry ingredients and add them to the egg & sugar mixture. STIR IN CARROTS. Yeah! That's De Piggy's favourite part, man! Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and bake for about 50 minutes. Test it wif a dry fork or toofpick. These ingredients should make two 9" round cakes.
For frosting you need: 4 oz Neufchatel (or regular) cream cheese, 4 oz fat-free cream cheese, 4 oz softened butter OR Piggy's way: 2 oz soft butter + 2 oz sour cream/yoghurt, 8 oz icing-sugar, 1/2 cup crushed nuts.
Cream the butter, sour cream, and cream cheeses together and beat in the sugar and vanilla, then LIGHTLY mix in the crushed nuts to coat them in the frosting. I always save some nuts to garnish de finished product--but do as yu like, luv, De Piggy ain't mad at ya.
This cake goes very well wif Sunshine's Punch a Creme, as ah discovered last night. Guests stoppin by to exchange gifts or just to say hi for a moment or two can enjoy a quick bite and a quick sip wif this combination, and be outta yu way in less than an hour, so you an' your loved one can have de place all to yu-self (especially wif de Piglet gone for movie night); in this precious privacy, two can eat and drink and joke around and discover how a touch ov liquor can clarify de matter ov Blog-links, and then yu can crash on freezin furniture on de balcony, and give nosy neighbors a field day--La Piggy's gettin carried away! Happy bakin and/or happy eatin!