Saturday, August 10, 2013

Neat and Tangled Birthday Bash: Potluck Party Challenge

Amongst the various “new to me” sites I’ve discovered so far this summer, one that has captured my interest is Neat and Tangles, and their companion site, LittleTangles.   My timing couldn’t have been better, as this is N&T’s first birthday, and they’ve opted for a month long celebration; a Birthday Bash extravaganza  that  includes not only a plethora of inspiration (I’m tickled pink that a question I asked on Day 1 was selected to guide part of the festivities!), but challenges as well.   Today, I’m shifting into a completely different gear to play with the Potluck Party Challenge

Although I come under the classification of ‘picky eater,’ and I have incredibly limited baking skills (I’m far too messy!),  I confess to having a wee obsession with carrot cake, specifically home-made ones. I don’t bake them often, but when I do, I rely on this fabulous recipe from two Canadian sisters,  Greta and Janet Podleski, authors of a series of cookbooks – The Looneyspoons Collection, Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, and Crazy Plates.

The recipe I’m sharing is their Must Bake Carrot Cake, from the Crazy Plates book, and believe me, it’s absolutely scrumptious!   And if you have access to carrots fresh from the garden…please bake  one and call me!!   You’ll love this – and the best part – it’s healthy!!

Must Bake Carrot Cake
 Janet & Greta Podleski, Crazy Plates

Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, or 2 9” round pans, with non-stick spray  (I just use a wee bit of butter and flour) and set aside.
2 ½   cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder and baking soad
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups brown sugar

Mix these together and set aside

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained (14 oz can, drained, works perfectly)
¾ cup egg substitute or 3 eggs
¾ buttermilk
½ cup applesauce (unsweetened is fine)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups grated carrots
½ cup walnuts (optional)

In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pineapple, eggs oregg substitute, buttermilk, applesauce, oil and vanilla. 
Stir in grated carrots. 

Add flour mixture to carrot mixture and stir until well blended.  Stir in walnuts, if using

Note:  the recipe calls for ¼ cup flaxseed to be added to the dry ingredients.  I don’t, simply because flaxseeds aren’t a common Carol’s kitchen in-stock item.

Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  

And, what goes better with carrot cake than cream cheese icing...
  • 1 1/2 packages (12 ounce total) light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
Beat together cream cheese and butter until well blended. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until well blended. Add orange juice concentrate and orange zest and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

I don’t have photos of any cakes I’ve made, so I’ve borrowed one from  Food Network:

Craving fully sparked! Perhaps a trip to a local farmers' market will be added to the weekend agenda, followed by some baking...

Thanks for dropping by; please let me know you did! Your comments add sparkle to my day!


Happy Dance said...

Looks yummy! Hope you get to the farmer's market and are able to bake this wonderful treat. I'm working in the yard today for a while, and playing video games with Lizzy before she has to go home. It's going to be a great weekend here, and I wish the same for you as well, Auntie C. Bev

Shannon J said...

What?? You love the sisters too??!!! ANOTHER thing in common!! I have all three cookbooks, and Crazy Plates is falling apart because I use it so much! Fast, easy and yummy recipes! Haven't tried the carrot cake yet though, and I'm not much of a baker, but you've got me tempted - to bake it and EAT it!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Yummo recipe, I may have to try this one. Thank you for your sweet comments today at Little Tangles!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Looks tasty!

Greta said...

We love carrot cake but I never get around to making it. However, with one of the authors named Greta, I think this recipe will have to be tried! So glad you said the flaxseeds are required--not a staple in this Greta's kitchen, either!

~amy~ said...

okay, delish! Thanks for linking up at Little Tangles!

Ren-Yi said...

OH my this is so delish! thanks for sharing this for our Potluck Party Challenge and making our birthday bash event such a hit!