An adventure in cooking for 2

I'm a new wifey in my twenties. I like cakes, cookies, pie, chicken, meatballs, creamy soups and chili. I love food but don't know how to cook. This is my adventure in cooking for my husband and I.

Carrot Cake:

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First of all, I LOVE birthdays. Not just mine, everyone’s birthdays. I love buying gifts, throwing parties and eating cake! It’s my favorite.. Next to Chirstmas of course, more on that later. It’s my birthday tomorrow and I decided to make myself a birthday cake. I love carrot cake but I’ve never made a successful one. Perhaps it’s because I have never used a successful recipe. Well today is a success! Not to shabby I’d say… 

I used this recipe: (Recipe can be found here - http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/classic-carrot-cake.html)

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups lightly packed peeled, shredded carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at
     room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Position a rack in the middle of an oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour 2 round cake pans each 9 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar and buttermilk until blended.

Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until combined. Fold in the carrots. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool in the pans for 15 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, beat until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract until well blended.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the frosting over the top. Place the second cake layer on top. Spread the remaining frosting decoratively over the top and sides of the cake. 

Serve immediately, or cover with a cake dome and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Side note: I toasted the coconut for the outside of the cake and I didn’t have the coconut extract the original recipe recommends, so instead I used 1 tsp maple syrup

As it is my birthday this weekend I do not plan on cooking! See you next week! 

The adventure begins:

Approximately two months ago I married a wonderful man. A wonderful man who gets hungry, on occasion real hungry! Which means about 90% of the time, I have to make food. That may seem totally 1930s but hey, I’m traditional, I have to feed my man. The only problem is how long do you sauté onions for without burning them? How long do you fry chicken for or know when it’s done? How do you hold a knife without possibly injuring yourself? Do you really have to sift that flour? I’m on a mission to answer the million questions of cooking and hopefully along the way, I’ll actually become a good at it! At least I hope so, for my husbands sake.