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Is This the Best Cake Recipe in the World?
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Is This the Best Cake Recipe in the World?
I am now going to share my ultra-secret recipe for the absolutely best carrot pineapple cake in the entire world. At least, my family thinks it's the best carrot pineapple cake in the entire world. They fight over it, and when it's all gone, sounds of general dismay and mayhem are heard floating above the Rocky Mountains.
The original recipe, which was given to me by a friend, has morphed over the decades in my hands to the point that it is no longer the same recipe. It is also a very forgiving recipe. I've made it with all white sugar, all brown sugar, half white and half brown sugar, all whole wheat flour, half white and half whole wheat flour, and all white flour. Of course, the results are slightly different with each combo, but each one is good. The moist texture of the cake allows this experimentation to proceed rather well. (I used all white flour when making the cake in the photo.)
Here is more evidence that this cake is super good:
Years ago, I was asked to bring a cake to a church event. Naturally, I wanted to bring the best tasting cake I could make, so I took my carrot pineapple cake. Once I arrived, I realized that the other women had gone for the beauty factor and had decorated their cakes with flair and gusto. And there sat my cake in my beat-up cake pan, looking as plain as can be because I hadn't frosted it. (The cake is so moist that frosting isn't required.)
Over time, it appeared that no one was going to eat my cake because looked positively sad in comparison to the other cakes. I began to wish that I had frosted it. I began to feel embarrassed that I hadn't frosted it. I began to feel that I was completely nuts that I hadn't frosted it.
As I struggled with the question of how I could carry the uneaten cake out of the room at the end of the meeting without anyone knowing I had brought it, our Stake President (a church leader) saw my forlorn creation sitting all alone on the table. Being a kind man, he decided that he would spare the baker of the plain little cake complete humiliation. Imagine my delight when, after carefully tasting a forkful of cake, happy surprise crossed his face as he practically shouted, "Looks are deceiving. This is the best tasting cake here!"
If he wasn't my Stake President (and if I was the type to do so - which I am not), I would have kissed him. My dignity had been saved.
Curious onlookers soon slid over to my cake, cut their own pieces, and within minutes, the pan was empty. Success!
Ready for the recipe? Here it is!
CARROT PINEAPPLE CAKE
3 cups of sifted flour
I actually fluff the flour up with a spoon and then lightly spoon it into the measuring cup instead of sifting it. I'm usually in too big of a hurry (meaning that I'm too lazy) to get out the sifter. If you decide to use whole wheat flour, it is critical that you do some super fluffing of the flour because whole wheat flour is heavier. You probably should use a little less flour if you decide to use all whole wheat flour because it is naturally heavier than white flour.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
2 heaping cups of shredded carrots
I just peel a handful of carrots and then grate them right into the bowl. I'm not terribly scientific on this point. When it looks like I have enough carrots, I stop grating.
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir together with a big spoon until mixed completely. Make sure the baking powder and soda are thoroughly incorporated into the flour.
Put the wet ingredients in the same bowl. Stir together with the spoon until mixed. Pour the batter into a greased 8.5x11-inch cake pan. (I use PAM® to grease my pans.) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. (It varies depending on the day, your oven, etc. ) The cake is ready when the edges have pulled away from the cake pan sides a little bit and you can touch it in the middle with your finger and it bounces back. If there is an indentation where your finger touched, it's not ready yet.
As I described, sometimes I serve it without frosting. On this particular occasion (as pictured above), my son, Andrew, frosted it with homemade butter cream frosting. It was good because he didn't put too much on. (You could use cream cheese frosting, if you are so inclined.)
Note: If you don't want so much cake, you can half the ingredients and bake in a 9x9-inch pan.
Another note: If you decide to take the cake out in public, you probably should frost it.
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