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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake

I’m a big fan of potatoes, whether they’re baked, scalloped, fried, roasted, mashed…you name it! But what about potatoes for dessert…sweet potatoes, that is! That’s where this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake comes in, which I found in a cookbook called 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s GuideIt has lots of different tasty potato recipes in it, from appetizers and soups to main dishes, sides, and desserts. This isn’t a new book—I actually reviewed it a few years ago, and I really loved this recipe from it!

If you like carrot cake, you’ll enjoy this cake. A friend of mine tasted it and said she actually liked it better than carrot cake! It’s wonderfully moist and the cream cheese icing is very yummy. The original recipe says to frost the top and sides of the cake, but I just frosted the top so I Continue reading

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Zucchini-Banana Bars

Now that we’re in the middle of summer, those of you with vegetable gardens may have more zucchini than you know what to do with! If you do, these Zucchini-Banana Bars are a great recipe to make! They’re so moist and yummy, just as you would expect, with shredded zucchini and mashed bananas in them. And they’re flavored with some of my favorite spices—cinnamon and nutmeg (I added a little more spice than the original recipe called for). Not only that, they’re also topped with a thick and rich cream cheese frosting. Continue reading

Carrot Cake

When I think of Amish food, I think of good, homestyle comfort food. That’s why I was interested in reviewing the recently published Amish Community Cookbook: Simply Delicious Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Homes. I was in the mood for some comfort food and there are lots of comfort food-type recipes in this book…breakfast items, casseroles, main dishes, sides, and desserts. I thought I’d try the Carrot Cake because I really love carrot cake and this one sounded really easy to make.

It was easy, but there are some positives and negatives to this recipe. The positives are that it tastes great, and it has three–yes, three–cups of shredded carrots in it. All those cups of carrots made me feel a little better about eating this cake. The cream cheese icing, which I turned into a thicker frosting, is really good too (but not healthy at all)!

The negative thing about this recipe is that it sunk in the middle when I made it. It was higher at the edges and lower in the middle. I made a batch-and-a-half of frosting to fill in the sunken middle and make the cake appear level. And sprinkled the top with chopped pecans. So it ended up looking fine. I’m not sure if the sunken middle was due to something I did wrong or if it always turns out that way. So if you try this, you’ll have to let me know if your cake sunk or not!

At any rate, everyone I shared this cake with loved it. So I guess that’s the most important thing!

CARROT CAKE adapted from Amish Community Cookbook

Makes a 9×13″ cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups (granulated) sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oil (this may be too much oil; just try 1 cup and the cake may not sink in the middle!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

CREAM CHEESE ICING

(Note: I made a batch and a half of the frosting to have enough to generously cover the cake and the sunken middle: 3/4 cup butter, 4.5 ounces cream cheese, 3 tsp. vanilla, 6 cups powdered sugar; I also topped the frosting with 1/3 cup chopped pecans. Below is the original icing recipe from the book)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar or more as needed for consistency (I used 4 cups of powdered sugar because I wanted a thicker frosting)

In large bowl, beat eggs well. Add sugar, beat until creamy. Beat in oil and vanilla. Stir in carrots.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Add dry ingredients to egg/sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour into ungreased 9×13-inch pan and bake at 350˚F for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Spread with cream cheese icing. Keep cake refrigerated.

If you’ve looked over this recipe and have any ideas why this cake may have sunken in the middle and how to fix that, be sure to let me know! Even with the sunken middle though, I would make this again because it really does taste good. If you’re a carrot cake fan, I’m sure you will like this! Have you made carrot cake before and do you have a favorite recipe for it?

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Pam’s Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Pam shares my love for baking, and she recently gave me this wonderful recipe for a pumpkin cake. It’s a large sheet-cake style cake, so it’s really easy to make and perfect for group get-togethers like potlucks, club meetings…any gathering where you have hungry people to feed! 🙂  I haven’t come across anyone who hasn’t liked this cake, so you just can’t go wrong in making this!

This sheet cake is made in a 10″x 15″x 1″ pan, so there’s plenty to go around. If you like Texas sheet cakes, then you’ll like this, too (unless you’re not crazy about pumpkin!). The cake is moist, with a great pumpkin flavor, and it’s topped with a creamy, smooth cream cheese frosting–a perfect combination!

Here’s the yummy recipe–thanks for sharing it, Pam!

PAM’S PUMPKIN SHEET CAKE by NancyC (recipe from Pam S.)

Makes one 10″x 15″ sheet cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, blend eggs and sugar, then add the oil and pumpkin puree, blending everything well.

In medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, blending everything well. Add this dry indgredient mixture a little at a time to the egg/sugar mixture until everything is blended well, then spread into an ungreased 10″x 15″x 1″ pan (since I didn’t use a non-stick pan, I greased mine, but greasing your pan is optional).

Bake at 350 degrees for 24 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (I baked mine for 25 minutes). Let cake cool completely, then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (I used 6 ounces from an 8-ounce block of light cream cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar and blend well. Frost cake when cooled. If not serving the cake soon after frosting it, store it in your refrigerator until almost ready to serve, taking it out of the fridge a little earlier so it can get to room temperature.

Yum! It’s hard not to just eat one piece of this cake!

It’s always fun trying new pumpkin recipes. Have you been making a lot of pumpkin goodies this fall?

Sharing at Meal Plan Monday.