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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Photo Hunt (Candle)

My husband Murphy didn't want 64 candles on his birthday cake. I didn't want such a high calorie count cake.
So I decided to take care of both problems. I got the candle numbers and I google a recipe for healthy carrot cake.
Well Murphy birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year.

I didn't get the chance to get the candle on his cake before it was cut. So I did it after wards.

Did a little changes on this recipes. First of all Confession time...I went and purchase a can of cream cheese icing....How many of you use the term “frosting”? It was a lot cheaper and easier to do, for $1.99 plus sale tax.

  I've never! Well not very often I been obedient and follow a recipes to the letter. I add about ½ teaspoon of ginger.

I'm a person to try new things. The recipe said to put the grated carrots in flour mixture. We had both apples and carrots around the place. So instead of two cups of carrots. I did 1 cup of apples and 1 cup of carrots. There a local discount store call Yoders here in Bonners Ferry, that offered apples at .50¢ a pound. Since I mention there business. I should be nice and give there FACE BOOK page a shout out.
Like anything else we all need to watch our prices. Not everything in there is a bargain.

I honest can't say much about eggs now. I didn't have to pick out any shell. If I did I did wash my hands before I started and use soap.

 Very last thing was to fold in there flour mixture sugar. Confession time...I didn't use buttermilk instead I made up sour milk. I just add a cap full of lemon juice to the milk. To the best of my knowledge the only size you can get buttermilk is a quart size.
Anyhow I was trying to make this recipe as cheap as I can.
Since we all ready had walnut. Chop them up and use them instead of Pecans.

Complete recipe below

10.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups) $
2 teaspoons baking powder $
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon $
1/4 teaspoon salt $
2 cups grated carrot $
1 cup granulated sugar $
1/2 cup packed brown sugar $
6 tablespoons butter, softened $
3 large eggs $
1 teaspoon vanilla extract $
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Cooking spray $
6 ounces cream cheese, softened $
1 ounce fromage blanc
2 tablespoons butter, softened $
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract $
1/8 teaspoon salt $
3 cups powdered sugar $
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted $


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 2 cups grated carrot, tossing to combine.
3. Place granulated sugar, brown sugar, and 6 tablespoons butter in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spread batter into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake completely on a wire rack.
4. To prepare frosting, place softened cream cheese and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt) in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at medium speed until combined (don't overbeat). Spread frosting evenly over top of cake. Sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans.

Next week photo hunt will be Precious

Coffee is on


  1. It's easier to blow these two candles than 64! happy belated bday to your husband and thanks for the recipe, I might try this one. I love carrot cake.
    I use the word frosting :)


  2. Nov. 27th was my first wifes birthday. I enjoyed the day with daughter and family.

  3. hope your husband enjoyed his cake!

  4. Very clever and the cake looks delicious! Happy birthday to your hubby :)

  5. That cake looks good. Happy Birthday to Mr. PeppyLady.


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