Happy belated birthday to Lindsey! Thanks for inspiring the challenge. Now I have a cake to make for my BFF who, if she's ever back on this continent, is also a GF girl. Lindsey was gracious to share the cake with everyone in the back room on Saturday. Well, if you bring a cake into work it's pretty hard to keep it hidden. Rave reviews all around and so today's post just had to be the carrot cake. If you aren't on a gluten free diet, I imagine you can use a regular cake mix and get similar results. Or you can just wait for my next carrot cake post and try that bad boy.
|when you frost a cake at 11 pm, sometimes you forget to take a picture|
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
1 C raisins
1/2 C vegetable oil
4 large eggs
4 1/2 C shredded carrots (a one-pound bag)
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 box gluten-free yellow cake mix
1 1/2 C chopped pecans
1/2 C softened unsalted butter
8-ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2-3 1/2 C confectioner's sugar
milk to thin frosting, if necessary
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13x2 pan. Cover raisins with very hot water and let soak for about 15 minutes to plump. Soak them in whiskey or spiced rum for a little change sometime, trust me.
Beat together the oil, eggs, carrots, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Stir in the cake mix. Drain the raisins and fold into the cake batter along with the nuts. Distribute evenly. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes until lightly browned, firm on top and cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream together butter and cream cheese with salt and vanilla until fluffy. Add confectioner's sugar on very low speed unless you want a big powdered sugar cloud all over your kitchen. Beat until smooth. Thin with a tablespoon or two of milk if necessary. Frost with an offset spatula if you have one. Refrigerate until serving.
|carrots, oil, eggs, spices|
|cake mix in, raisins and nuts about to be blended next|
|batter in pan|
|ta-da! gluten free and looking good|