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Carrot Cake and Thankfulness

It is November! This year has gone by so fast. November will be over in no time and then CHRISTMAS! Oh so excited :D November does have one holiday that’s, sales you know, kinda noteworthy (even if it’s not as amazing as Christmas). I do enjoy Thanksgiving. The food is good (not as good as Christmas!) but still tasty. And this year we get a whole week off for Thanksgiving break (I’ll get like 3 for Christmas!) which is very exciting. I love that Thanksgiving is a time that we are reminded to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful about. For November, I’m going to be highlighting some of the things I am especially thankful for.

First of all, I am really thankful for my family. I am surrounded with amazing people who love me, support me, and are super fun to be around (most of the time ;) This past weekend, we celebrated my dad’s birthday! We all went to my grandparents and had dinner and cake. My mom always makes carrot cake for his birthday and it is soooo good. I am totally a chocolate kind of girl, but this carrot cake with the cream cheese frosting…mmm :) There are some foods I love but that I won’t order in restaurants because I know that they won’t be as good as my mom’s…and carrot cake is one of them.

It was fun taking action shots while my mom was making the cream cheese frosting!

I love this picture! I just snapped it as my mom was walking by with the cake and I think it looks so cool.

Birthday Boy!

Ok so I don’t have a recipe to go along with this. Mostly because I don’t have good pictures of the cake. And also because I so don’t have the energy to write it all up. But someday I will definitely be nice to all of you and share it…because it really is the best!

I should be posting some more soon…after I get some sleep :)

Have a great day :)

My Mommy’s Birthday Cake!

Today is my mommy’s birthday! We celebrated her birthday with my grandparents on the 11th, side effects though. I was still fasting (it was my last day of the fast) but I knew I had to make her a cake anyway.

My mom is an amazing person. She is compassionate, more info smart, shop sarcastic, funny, and just all around the best! She is a huge chocolate lover, something she passed down to her children, but she shockingly prefers yellow cake to chocolate cake. Living in our family of chocoholics, she hardly ever gets to have yellow cake so I knew that’s what I had to make for her birthday.

Now I have a confession to make…I used a box cake :( I know…I’m so ashamed. But here’s my excuse: I still wasn’t feeling 100% and so I wanted something a little bit easier. Also, I have never made a yellow cake that beat a box cake mix. I have a recipe that I really want to try but I didn’t want to make it for the first time on a cake as important as this one and then not have it turn out! See! I’m really thoughtful!

Here’s the key, though, if you make a yellow cake from a box mix- you HAVE to get the kind that’s made with butter. Not oil, butter. This makes the cake so much more delicious.

With butter!

I made the MOST DELICIOUS chocolate frosting from one of my favorite bloggers, Sugar Plum. I’ve talked about this frosting before and it is seriously outstanding. Here’s the cake before I frosted it!

I think this is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever made. I made extra frosting so I’d have a ton to fill the cake and lots to frost it! It worked out really well. Then I decided to make chocolate drizzled strawberries for the top.

This was really fun to make! And my family said it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever made- they liked the simplicity (somethings most of my cakes lack ;)

Tonight we’re all going out to eat to celebrate :) I’m pretty excited for it!

Best Chocolate Frosting

Recipe from Sugar Plum

I made 1.5 of this recipe for this cake. You don’t have to but I like a lot of frosting!

2/3 cup granulated sugar +1/3 cup
1/3 cup all-purpose flour +1/6 cup
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder +1/5 tablespoons
1/8 teaspoon salt +a tiny extra
1 cup milk +1/2 cup
1 cup unsalted butter, softened +1/2 cup
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted + 1/2 cup

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and milk until it boils. Whisk the mixture frequently until it gets very thick (about one minute). Strain the mixture into a small bowl and cool it completely in the refrigerator or freezer.
  2. When the strained “pudding mixture” is cool, beat butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in “chocolate pudding” mixture until well combined, about 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread frosting onto cake layers.

 

I shared this post over at Tasty Tuesdays and Sweets for a Saturday and on Foodie Friday and This Chick can Cook!

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