Dessert

Italian Cream Cheese Cake, Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing Recipe for both!

By special request, I am posting the recipe for Carrot Cake—or was it Italian Cream Cheese Cake??? I cant remember, so you are getting both with the recipe for icing that is used on both.

I changed my opinion of Cream Cheese Icing when I saw this recipe in Baking and Pastry Cookbook from The Culinary Institute of America. It seemed that my recipe was runny no matter how much powdered sugar was added. I realized that the large amount of cream cheese and butter made this recipe light and fluffy without a lot of sweetness from the powdered sugar. That’s when we started using this recipe at Stevens Catering.

The recipe for Carrot Cake is large, but is well worth the effort. You can always bake 2 smaller cakes and freeze one. Butavan is a commercial flavoring that is no longer being marketed. It can be substituted with 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 butter flavoring. It is a good product and used in commercial cakes. If you would like to try something similar, I have put a link below. Enjoy!

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Italian Cream Cake

Carrie won 1st place at the Angelina Youth Fair with this recipe. She garnished it with fresh pansies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, coconut, cream cheese, pecans

Equipment

  • 3 9" round pans
  • stand mixer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick margarine/ butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing- from The Culinary Institute, Baking and Pastry Book, Page 422

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 8 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Cream sugar, butter, and shortening. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Combine flour and soda. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to creamed mixture .
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites and vanilla into batter. Stir in coconut and pecans. Bake in three layers at 350 degree F for 25 minutes.
  • Frost layers with Cream Cheese Icing.

Notes

Cream Cheese Icing
  • 2- 8 ounce pkg cream cheese
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
1. Blend the cream cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on low speed until smooth.
2. Add the butter, in stages, and blend well.  Add the confectioners’  sugar and blend on low speed until fully incorporated.  Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Blend in the vanilla.
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Cap’s Carrot Cake

Recipe from Earlene's Cakes http://www.earlenescakes.com
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, carrots, pineapple, toasted pecans

Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • cake pans

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups carrots grated
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Butavan can use half vanilla and half butter flavoring

Instructions

  • Maximun for a 5 qt. mixing bowl.
  • Beat sugar, oil and eggs until thoroughly creamed.
  • Measure flours, soda, salt and cinnamon and mix together. Add to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Add carrots, pineapple, pecan and flavoring. Mix well.
  • Fill pans 1/2 full. Makes 3- 10 inch layers.
  • Bake at 300 degrees F for 55 minutes for small cakes and up to 1 1/2 hour for large cakes.
  • Cool layers and frost with Cream Cheese Icing.

Notes

This is a large recipe but well worth the effort

Note, this post includes affiliate links where I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. The Carrot Cake calls for a 5 qt. mixer as shown below. Since I have burned up several mixers except the one made by Hobart, I look for Hobart Kitchen Aide Mixers at estate sales. Of course, I was using them everyday commercially. For home use this type will do fine. Thanks for your support.

    Thanksgiving Meal- Sweet Potato Casserole

    It would not be Thanksgiving or Christmas at Sweets & Eats without Sweet Potato Casserole; and thanks to my best friend and her mother, we have a great recipe. 

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    Source:  Adapted from Carolyn Bates Carlisle and her Mother,  Christine Bates, fondly known as Tetot
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword brown sugar, pecans, streusel topping, sweet potatoes

    Ingredients

    • 5 cups warm mashed sweet potatoes
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 stick butter
    • 2 each eggs slightly beaten
    • 1 dash salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2/3 cups milk use up to this amount if dry

    Instructions

    • Mix all ingredients and place in a greased casserole. Mix in separate bowl the following ingredients for a streusel topping:
      1/2 cup light brown sugar
      1/4 cup flour
      1/2 cup pecans, chopped
      1/2 stick butter, melted
      dash salt
    • Mix streusel and pour over sweet potatoes.  Bake 350 F. for 30 minutes.

      CASA Tour of Homes 2014- Fruitcake Cookie Recipe

      Thanks to all who came to our home during the tour.  James and I love our vintage home and were blessed by your comments.  A special thanks to Christy Foreman, Lesa Mason and her mom, Dee Hearnsburger for decorating expertise and bringing in the greens. Here is the Fruitcake Cookie recipe that we served.  Enjoy and have a blessed Christmas.

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      CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE COOKIES

      Christmas with Southern Living 1983, page 89
      Course Dessert, Party Food
      Cuisine American
      Keyword decorated cookies, dried fruit
      Servings 7 dozen

      Equipment

      • cookie sheets
      • parchment

      Ingredients

      • 1 cup butter softened
      • 1 1/2 cups sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 2 8-ounce packages chopped pitted dates
      • 3 cups chopped pecans
      • 1 8-ounce package candied yellow pineapple, chopped
      • 1 8-ounce package candied red cherries, cut into quarters

      Instructions

      • Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon; graduallly add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
      • Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute then slide parchment sheet with cookies to wire rack and cool completely. Yield: about 7 dozen

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