A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: You can now organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 303,137
Currently Running With Scissors:
692 Guests and 21 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Cheater Carrot Cake with Candied Carrots and Greek Yogurt Icing  (Read 1386 times)
Tags for this thread: carrot_cake , yogurt , recipe  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 1491
Joined: 30-Dec-2009

My kung fu is strong today!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: February 14, 2014 11:08:48 PM »

It was my dads birthday on Sunday and I asked him what he wants. He said he wanted a carrot cake. ARE YOU S#%^ING ME?!?!? I am in my last 4 weeks of graduate school and this man wants me to bake him a carrot cake. Every recipe I looked at required more time and effort than I had to spare. And truth be told I dont like to bake. Its all so precise. I like to let Betty Crocker do the heavy lifting.

Imagine this picture with apple juice, a can of crushed pineapple, and greek yogurt instead of butter.


Cake Mix

1 cup shredded carrots

1 small can crushed pineapple drained

A bag of chopped pecans (or nut of your choice.)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

Cream Cheese Icing:

2 boxes of cream cheese

1 medium size container of plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup powdered sugar


2 Carrots

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Crushed pecans (or nut of your choice)

Sugar for dusting

1. Chop up the shredded carrots by going over them twice with a butcher knife (I was worried the carrot pieces were too big. )

2. Prepare the cake following the directions- substituting apple juice for water (that I happened to have in the fridge) and adding the chopped carrots, pecans, pineapple, cinnamon and ginger.

3. Pour the batter into two well greased and floured 8″ cake pans and bake according to directions until a fork poked in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is in the oven lets work on the garnish.

1. Slice the carrots thinly using your mandolin. Dont have one? Get one, its worth it.

2. In a medium size saucepan dissolve the sugar in the water. Boil the slices over a medium heat forsay20 minutes.  

3. Dust the slices in sugar and lay on parchment to dry. (This was the most tedious part.)

Now for the icing.

I googled recipes for cream cheese icing and the general consensus is  1 part cream cheese to 1 part butter. But this is my dad we are taking about. I want him to have many more birthdays. So instead of butter I mixed the cream cheese, greek yogurt and powdered sugar to make a perfect just-barely-sweet icing. Just mix until well blended. Then put in a frosting bag for ease of icing.

4. Once the cakes are cool stack and ice like so. I used the ring of a large mason jar to get a perfect circle of nuts. Then I places candied carrot slices around like petals.

I had to make the cake the day before (because I had class) and the sugar on the carrots dissolved. This made them look even better.

The cake tasted great. It wasn't brown at all, but it tasted like carrot cake. It was moist, but crumbly. Maybe an extra egg would have helped.

Here is good old patronis major making his wish.

« Last Edit: February 14, 2014 11:09:45 PM by najaorama » THIS ROCKS   Logged

"Go to your bosom, knock there, and see what your heart doth know." WS Measure for Measure

In Martha we trust
Offline Offline

Posts: 1046
Joined: 22-Jun-2013

Breaking loved ones' sewing machines since 2013

View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014 11:16:48 PM »

That's a gorgeous looking cake!  I'm glad it was such a success.

Current Swaps:

    Nerd Battles: Team Multimedia
    Harry Potter Craftalong: House Ravenclaw
    Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

    Offline Offline

    Posts: 3251
    Joined: 29-Nov-2007

    Creativity is a gift! Wrap it up and give it away.

    View Profile WWW
    « Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014 11:52:34 PM »

    Mhhmm, looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your story, I liked reading it!

    That picture of your dad makes it all worth it! Congratulations!  Smiley
    « Last Edit: February 15, 2014 07:53:58 AM by wendiek » THIS ROCKS   Logged
    Miscellaneous Topics Moderator
    Sewing in General Moderator

    Tutorial Contributor

    Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

    Online Online

    Posts: 10956
    Joined: 31-May-2010

    'Best of 2014' Winner

    View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
    « Reply #3 on: February 15, 2014 04:15:33 AM »

    I know he loved it!
    THIS ROCKS   Logged

    Tutorial Contributor

    Offline Offline

    Posts: 2891
    Joined: 05-Dec-2010

    View Profile
    « Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014 01:46:48 AM »

    Lovely story. Lovely cake. And many happy returns to your Dad.
    THIS ROCKS   Logged
    Global Moderator
    Glass Crafts Moderator
    Guest Blogger

    Tutorial Contributor

    Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

    Oy Vey!
    Offline Offline

    Posts: 11586
    Joined: 18-Aug-2006

    He says I color his world

    View Profile
    « Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014 04:04:04 AM »

    Gorgeous cake, and thank you for sharing the recipe. Your dad looks happy. Smiley
    THIS ROCKS   Logged

    Global Moderator
    Glass Crafts Moderator
    Guest Blogger

    Tutorial Contributor

    Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

    Oy Vey!
    Offline Offline

    Posts: 11586
    Joined: 18-Aug-2006

    He says I color his world

    View Profile
    « Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014 03:35:24 PM »

    Your cake has been recognized here:
    THIS ROCKS   Logged

    Threads you might like:
    Pages: [1] Jump to page:
      Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
    Jump to:  

    only results with images
    include swap threads
    advanced search

    your ad could be here!

    How-To Videos
    How To Get Hollywood Hair Styles
    How to Find the Right Hairstylist
    How Mayonnaise Can Help Your Hair
    Nifty Beauty Tip: Use Dry Shampoo to Refresh Your Hair On the Go
    Some Hair Dressing Tips from Brad Graham
    Latest Blog Articles
    Tute Tuesday: Witch Hat Fascinator
    Beware! Black Cats!
    Meatless Monday: Pickled Peppers

    Comparison Shopping

    Support Craftster
    Become a
    Friend of Craftster

    Buy Craftster Swag
    Buy Craft Supplies
    Comparison Shopping

    Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

    Follow Craftster...

    Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
    SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
    Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

    Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.