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Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Egg Shaped Cake- Carrot Version

This recipe is my most favorite for Carrot Cake, it's from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (the one that looks like a tablecloth for a picnic). However, any cake recipe will make this, even a store bought. To make this cake you need the Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl, pictured below, or any large bowl that is oven-safe.

I really wanted to decorate mine like a painted Easter Egg, but I only have one tip for frosting bags, and wasn't 100% sure how much of each color I wanted to do. Since I made it a carrot cake, I figured make it more simple and just do carrots on it. But, the possibilities for decoration are endless!!

So, this post isn't so much about the recipe itself, but how to get the egg shaped cake! I made 2 recipes of the carrot cake, giving me 2 pieces of bowl-shaped cake.

After making and completely cooling the 2 cakes, you will need to cut a small layer off the widest part of the cake (the top while baking) to make it level thus enabling it to sit more flush together.

Next, cut one of the cakes across through the middle, cutting the "top" or narrower part off, set the "top" aside. (This enable the cake to sit flat on the plate, and give the whole shape more of an egg look since eggs don't look the same on both ends.)

Then, you will place the remainder of the cake that you have cut in half on your serving plate with the narrower part on the bottom. Frost the top of the cake. Then, place the other cake on top of this piece, with the narrower part upwards, and TA-DA you have an egg shape.

Continue to frost the outside of the cake, and decorate accordingly! Enjoy.

Best-Ever Carrot Cake

4 beaten eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups finely shredded carrots (lightly packed)
3/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted (optional- I usually leave these out)
1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting (below)

Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and flour your Batter Bowl that your cake will bake in, and set aside.

In large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda.

In medium mixing bowl combine eggs, carrots, and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir until combined. Pour batter into the prepared Batter Bowl.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour, or until a wooden toothpick intserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on racks.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 tsp vanilla
6 cups sifted powdered sugar

Beat first 3 ingredients with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in additional sugar to reach spreading consistency.

1 comment:

Taylor Gardner said...

What a festive-looking, fantastic cake. Thanks for sharing!!