Monday, February 25, 2008

Remains of the day

Saturday was Sandy's birthday so Ben and I decided to have a little get-together at our house. Not sure how many of you folks enjoy watching boxing, but the Klitschko/Ibragimov fight was on and so we combined the two events into one evening. I took the opportunity to try out a new Barefoot Contessa recipe and I'm so glad I did. I swear everything this woman touches turns to gold, and that includes carrot cake (my absolute favorite). This cake was so amazing and super easy to make. Here's the recipe:

For the cake:

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 pound carrots, grated
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
For the frosting:

3/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
For the decoration: 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
For the cake: Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light yellow. Add the vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold in the carrots and pineapple. Add to the batter and mix well.
Divide the batter equally between the 2 pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans set over a wire rack.
For the frosting: Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until just combined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.
Place 1 layer, flat-side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with diced pineapple.

Sandy and Mike hate walnuts so I left them out. I will say, though, that they'd be delicious in there if you're a walnut kind of person. Let me know if you make this cake...I'd love to know what you think about it.


sewserious said...

oh my... looks and sounds delicious. I love the Barefoot Contessa!

Kate said...

Me too. She's my culinary hero, next to my uncle, Chef Ned, of course! Try this recipe! You'll be so happy you did, I promise!

Banana-head Pancake said...

that's so funny, I was looking at a poster for that fight, Klitschko/Ibragimov, today on subway and I was like "damn, I bet it'd be fun to watch some boxing..."
and i know it's fun to eat cake, yum!

Kate said...

I didn't know you were a boxing fan, Lauren! I was raised on it, myself. And the Klitschkos are my favorites so it was a win-win situation that night. Hot boys and cake.