The March Hare

March 18, 2011 Ella
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My dear friend Rachel just turned 29  the other day, on the Ides of March.  Beware the Ides of March…  Have I mentioned I love Shakespeare? How can I not having been a theatre major? The ides of March really means nothing more than the half way point in the month. Theres an Ides of May, July, and October. I think Rachel’s always enjoyed having her birthday on an infamous day.

Once upon a time when we were young fresh twenty somethings and roomates we used to take turns making her bomb a$$ recipe for Carrot Cake. People have said I quote “You could make money off of that cake.”

Rachel’s Carrot Cake

2 c sifted flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp soda

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon

(1/2 tsp nutmeg -my addition)

2 c sugar

1 1/2 c oil

4 large eggs

(2 tsp vanilla- my addition)

2 3/4 c coarsely grated carrots

1 can 8.5 0z crushed pineapple in heavy syrup

(2/3 c raisins- my addition)

(2/3 c walnuts- my addition)

Sift dry ingredients– flour, soda, powder,  spices and set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil in a separate bowl.

Add dry ingredients.

Fold in carrots and pineapple (with syrup). Add raisins and walnuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.


Frost with cream cheese frosting.

I got kind of tired of the same old piped carrots on the cream cheese frosted carrot cake, so I thought I’d embrace the warm spring like weather of the past few days and take a different spin on a carrot themed cake.  The Basket weave is a fun– not as hard as you think- way to decorate. In the future I’ll post a video on how to go about it say around Mother’s day?

Piping tips used on this cake:

#67 and #352 for leaves

#3 for blads of grass

#2 for vines and petit flowers

#48 for the basketweave

#12 for rows of crop– dusted with finely chopped walnuts

open ended parchment bag (about a size #5) for carrots


Entry Filed under: Birthdays,Cake

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shelly Rubio  |  April 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I want to try this recipe but I didn’t see directions on how to make the icing. Is that something you could share with me?

  • 3. Erica  |  August 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I made this for a dinner party recently. Everyone thought it was absolutely delicious!

  • 4. Meg5623  |  March 7, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I love this idea so much. It is so creative. Hope to attempt some day.

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