Well, there are no actual pictures of a slice of the carrot cake. But here's what it looked like before we set it on fire...I mean, lit the candles.
Cass decided she was not going to be short between her little brothers. So she made them hoist her up to their level, leaving me and Shannon looking as if we were standing in holes.
Anyway, the carrot cake. Our traditional birthday cake is a marble cake, but she requested carrot cake instead. With my buttercream frosting, because, as Cass said, she looks forward to birthday cake frosting all year long (not that I don't always make it, just that she's not usually around). I changed it up a bit to make it a little healthier. Just remember, as I told my dearly beloved, simply because the word "carrot" is in the name doesn't make this either health food or diet food. Rats.
1 cup flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
6 egg whites or 1 cup Egg Beaters
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups shredded carrots
In a mixing bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the egg whites and oil; beat 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots and turn into a greased sheet cake pan (or 2 layer pans, if you prefer). Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, until a cake tester in the middle comes out clean. Frost with my buttercream frosting (1/2 cup butter, 1 pound confectioner's sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract and whipping cream to smooth it out, beaten until creamy) or cream cheese frosting (4 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 1 pound confectioner's sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract and whipping cream to smooth it out, beaten until creamy). Either way, it's delicious.
That's my feeble attempt to put Bebop on the cake. Cass loved it; she served around Bebop and took that part of the cake home with her.
Today's Mark's driving test; my fingers are crossed! Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Edited to add: Mark passed his test! I am officially finished teaching kids how to drive!