A Delicious Carrot Cake for a Farmer’s Birthday

Today is our Farmer Tessa’s birthday.  In celebration, our farm family came together last night to have a tasty vegetable stir-fry, finished off with cake.  Specifically carrot cake.  Farmer John does a great spin on a Carrot Cake found in the Kripalu Cookbook.  Enjoy this recipe and make your own spin on it!

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Birthday Farmer with Farmer John and Cake!

This recipe is outrageously good for being so damn healthy. It’s Gluten free but you can use any flour in place of the Gluten free flour

Adaptation of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Kripalu Cookbook

CAKE:

Sift and Mix in bowl dry ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups Bob’s red mill Gluten free all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon of baking sods
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

In a bowl beat 3 eggs,

Add liquids and blend with beater:

  • ½ cup Canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add dry mix to liquids and blend low speed until smooth

Blend in:

  • ¼ to ½ cup crushed pineapple (buy fresh and crush yourself)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut sweetened
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup small pineapple chunks

Grease and lightly flour two 9” cake pans

Pour in mix

Bake for 55-60 minutes

 Cool and turn out of pans and frost.

 

FROSTING: 

Cream cheese and butter frosting (what isn’t to die for in those words)  

Also adapted from Kripalu

This is not overly sweet and if you want it to be really crazy sweet just add in as much confectionary sugar as you like. At Pure Joy we have no hard and fast rules only suggestions.

In a bowl mix until smooth and fluffy

  • ½ cup butter at room temp
  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temp

Scrape bowl and beat again for 1-2 minutes

Add and beat until smooth:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

 

In separate bowl beat whipping cream until it thickens (Don’t make it into butter)

Add:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

 

Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture in three batches

Taste and add more honey or if you like confectioners sugar

 

Spread on cooled cake and enjoy

 

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