November 8, 2012

Moist Carrot Cake for Dad’s Birthday & 14-Cup Magimix by Robot-Coupe Giveaway! {Naptime Entertaining}

Moist Carrot Cake via The Naptime Chef

Well, Sandy has come and gone and I am getting back into the swing of things with cooking and posting. As most of you on Facebook know, our property managed to stay safe during the hurricane despite our close proximity to the beach. But we lost power for nearly a week. While I wanted to stay put and help my less fortunate neighbors it simply didn’t make sense for me to stick around in frigid temps with a young child while pregnant. So, we fled to Cooperstown for a week of electricity and grandparent TLC and just returned to Connecticut earlier this week. While we were in Cooperstown we did our best to lift our spirits with some fun activities. We helped my daughter master her new Razor scooter, made several trips to the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and celebrated my Dad’s birthday with this awesome Moist Carrot Cake.

We all need a bright spot this week which is why I am thrilled to be offering an awesome giveaway for a 14-Cup Magimix by Robot-Coupe food processor. Yes, that’s right, Robot-Coupe is the french maker of premium electronics and they are available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. I think it is pretty cool to be offering one of these as a giveaway. The food processor is an essential kitchen appliance and Robot-Coupe actually invented the first food processor for home cooks over 40  years ago. They are handmade in Burgundy, including the motoros, and are built to last a lifetime. To prove it, they come with a 30-year warranty!

Magimix

The very first thing we used our Magimix for was making this awesome carrot cake. My Mom has been making this very recipe for Dad for years because he loves it so much. It is incredibly moist and we love the extra hint of orange in the frosting. The best part was that the Magimix made it a cinch to pull together. Shredding the carrots took about 1 minute. No joke. That is a far cry from how long it takes when using a handheld grater! Then we rinsed out the bowl and used it again to make the cake batter. It was so simple and took all the mess out of it. What a relief not to have to dirty so many bowls like I usually do. I was also besotted with all the awesome accessories and blades it came with. The whole pack includes:

  • 14-cup main bowl, 12-cup mini bowl, 6-cup mini bowl
  • 950W commercial grade motor
  • Mini & main metal blade
  • Dough blade
  • Egg whisk
  • BlenderMix
  • 2mm slicer and shredder discs
  • 4mm slicer and shredder discs
  • XL feed tube
  • Storage accessory box
  • DVD (one in French, one in English) and recipe book with more than 100 recipes

My husband couldn’t be with us on this trip to Cooperstown because of work. But we brought back a slice of this cake for him when he returned. He, too, declared the cake delicious and suggested I make it for one of our Thanksgiving desserts. I was a little surprised at his suggestion until I realized how perfect it would be. For the non-pie eaters in our family it would be perfect to serve alongside other desserts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

In order to make your Thanksgiving cooking easier and more fun I am thrilled to being giving away one 14-Cup Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor. To enter the giveaway:

1) Leave a comment sharing what recipe the Magimix would help you save time with this holiday season.

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4) BONUS ENTRY: Become a fan of Magimix by Robot-Coupe North America on Facebook.

5) The contest runs from Thursday November 8th at 7:00am ET through Thursday November 15th at 7:00am. The winner will be announced in the Friday November 16th newsletter. Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize before it is award to another person.

Recipe

Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Cake:

4 cups carrots that have been peeled and finely grated
1 cup raisins (optional, but we like them)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange zest

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans and set aside.

2. In a small combine the carrots and raisins in set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a food processor or electric mixer combine the eggs, oil, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat until combined. Fold this mixture into the flour mixture with a spatula, stopping when it is just combined. Then, fold in the carrots and raisins until just combined.

4. Divide the batter evenly amongst the two cake pans. Place them on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean and the tops spring back when touched. Allow the cakes to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and then invert them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. While they are cooling make the frosting: In an electric mixer or food processor beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix well. Finally, add the orange zest and juice and mix well.

6. Once the cakes are completely cooled – this usually takes a couple of hours – frost the top of one of the cakes and top it with the second cake. Then frost the top and sides of the cake completely. Serve!

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

My father, like his daughter after him, has never loved nuts baked into cake. Instead my Mom omits them from the recipe and sometimes sprinkles them, chopped, on top of the frosting. It is really up to you what you’d prefer! This frosting recipe makes just enough for a perfectly thin layer around the cake and in the middle. We prefer this to a thick, heavy layer of frosting which can overpower the cake.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

This has been a family favorite for years. We serve it with vanilla ice cream but it would also taste great with coconut or pumpkin!