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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Carrot Cake (Carrot Loaf?)

Carrot cake is definitely underrated. I was reminded of that after trying this week's recipe for Sweet Melissa Sundays, Carrot Cake, chosen by Julie of A Little Bit of Everything. I thought this recipe came out really quite delicious, and it was a cinch to make. The most time consuming part was shredding the carrots, and with a food processor that took all of 2 minutes.



My only changes to the recipe as it was written in the Sweet Melissa Baking Book was that I halved the recipe and made it in a loaf pan, instead of making the full two layer cake. It came out to be a short little loaf cake... I probably could have fit the entire recipe in the 9 x 5 loaf pan, but the halved version is a lot more appropriate for a two person household. :)



I also omitted the walnuts, and opted for a vanilla buttercream instead of the orange cream cheese frosting she recommends (Call me crazy but I'm not a big fan of cream cheese frosting).



This recipe went over well in this house. We've given pieces out to several people and it got rave reviews. It came out very moist and flavorful, and not at all too dense. There was a lot of cinnamon in the recipe, but I thought it created a great flavor - not overwhelming at all! And I was glad I changed it out for the Vanilla Buttercream - it turned out to be a great combination.

Thanks for picking this week's recipe, Julie! It was a total success. Be sure to see Julie's blog here for the recipe, and visit the blog roll to see how it went for the other SMS bakers.

18 comments:

Julie said...

I like the idea of this made in a loaf pan. Vanilla buttercream...yum!!!

Thanks for baking with me this week.

Cristine said...

Your loaf cake looks delicious!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Stephanie,

Great idea. It looks so comforting. I want to cut myself a slice RIGHT NOW. Vanilla Buttercream was a great spin on this.

Carmen

Tracey said...

Nice idea to make the recipe in a loaf pan. I'll have to keep that in mind for the future when I don't want to make a big layer cake! Glad you enjoyed it so much - this was definitely a top SMS recipe for me :)

Natalie... said...

Oooh wow your carrot cake looks delicious!!

Nina said...

This loaf looks amazing! I love it. It looks like a great breakfast.

Flourchild said...

Your cake is looking delish! I am glad you enjoyed this recipe. I really liked it. The frosting turned out to be very good. I loved the orange zest the best!

k.a.r.e.n said...

The loaf pan is a great idea!

Ingrid said...

CRAZY! LOL, just kidding. I like cream cheese frosting but there are some recipes for it that I don't care for.
~ingrid

Kerstin said...

So cute you made it in a loaf pan! I love carrot cake - it's my favorite and this one looks great!

Susan said...

I love your carrot cake loaf! Looks great!

Maria said...

Looks like a winner!

Pam said...

Oh, this looks like heaven and I never thought of baking it in a loaf pan. It is the perfect cake and you can never have enough buttercream frosting! I've always used cream cheese frosting. Great twists!!! Thanks!!!

Eliana said...

Looks like it came out great Stephanie :)

Tami said...

Looks great! I love carrot cake.

Tessa said...

Great idea for the loaf pan. I ended up halving the recipe also and making mini-cupcakes although I still ended up with 4 dozen. More to share at work I guess.

I'm pretty new to SMS - the carrot cake was my 2nd week. Thanks!

apparentlyjessy said...

Mmmm yummy, looks delicious! I love a nice slice of carrot cake with morning tea, will definitely have to try this recipe!

Andrea at Nummy Kitchen said...

Your carrot loaf cake looks great! I skipped the frosting all together since husband is not a cream cheese frosting fan, and didn't even think to use a buttercream, what a good idea -- it looks delicious :)

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