Thursday, June 9, 2011

Carrot Cake Bundt...with Cherries!


Note:  I've been nominated for Babble's 50 Top Food Blogs!  I have 7 more votes to get into the top 50.  So Close!! If you like what I've done here, would you follow the side link to Babble and vote for me?  I am on page #2 "Snippets of Thyme"


Company arriving!  A sweet weekend to look forward to with delightful relatives coming to visit.  Weekends like this put me into full planning mode.  Market shopping to anticipate, lists to scribble down, careful selection of fresh ingredients for the season.  


I need a fairly quick dessert for our weekend guests and planned to make a carrot cake.  Actually, it was the desire for  cream cheese frosting that was beckoning me.  You see, I came across this amazing, simple, creamy, luscious cream cheese frosting the other day.  What better than to make it again for carrot cake.  

But...wait...

What is this that I see at the market!




Bing!   Cherries that is!  

Oooooh.  Look at those juicy cherries.  When we lived way up there in Michigan, we had a cherry tree right in our back yard!  Who has a cherry tree in their back yard anymore?  One summer, Patrick's mother was visiting.  She and the children picked bowls and bowls of them.  Before long there were jars of cherry jam being made in the kitchen.  We still reminisce about that cherry jam and that adorable cherry tree.

I decided that somehow cherries had to participate in this carrot cake endeavor (cream cheese frosting endeavor if truth be told) that I had laid out for my myself visiting guests.  


I arranged them on top of the carrot cake (which now is in bundt form) and spinkled some mint along with them.  Why the mint?  Because it is just so darn pretty.


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting:


3 c. flour
4 eggs
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. Canola oil
1 (16 oz.) can crushed pineapple
2 c. grated carrots




Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (3 oz.) pkg. low fat cream cheese
4 tbsp. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
Dash of salt

Combine all dry ingredients. Then add remaining ingredients. Grease your bundt pan. (Snippets Note:  great it well if you want a beautiful slide out) Pour ingredients in bundt pan and bake mixture for 60-75 minutes at 350˚ degrees. Do not forget to preheat oven. Serving size: 10.

Cream cheese frosting; Cream the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar and blend well. Apply icing to the cooled carrot cake and serve. 


16 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous cake! I love the way you decorated it.

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  2. Those cherries are perfect! You can't decorate it with carrots, so why not go for something so beautiful!

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  3. Very nice - and reminds me of Christmas!

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  5. The cherries look great... Almost in season up North!
    Oh, and I am sitting in Houston right now and it is pretty hot here! Although, it's such a great town that I can overlook a "little" heat :-)

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  6. I love that frosting dripping down the cake, it looks so good! And i love cherries, there were many cherry farms near where i grew up and cherry pie is still one of my favourite desserts.

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  7. THis is SUCH a beautiful cake and with those lovely cherries - so beautiful and delcious sounding - with wonderful photos - as always!
    Mary x

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  8. What a beautifully decorated and adorned cake. So very creative! Will definitely head over and cast my vote!

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  9. Beautiful Cake….those cherries look great! Can't wait till they're in season here. I gave you my vote!

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  10. i LOVE that picture with a bunch of cherries in the hands. the lighting is stunning.

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  11. Stunning pictures, Sarah! That close up shot of the cake topped with the cherries is simply sensual... I so love cherries, they are my favorite non tropical fruits. The cake looks delicious and I bet it tastes awesome too.

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  12. Those cherries look perfect: Sweet and juicy and so late-spring wonderful. I bet the cake is a huge hit!

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  13. i'm obsessing over cherries right now and your cake looks fabulous!

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  14. YUM - carrot cake is my absolute favorite - so moist and delicious. I love it with the cherries. Good luck with Babble - I of course voted for you quite a while ago!!

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  15. Wow, this is very great..Looks very tasty. I want to try this one. Keep it up.. Thanks for sharing.

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