When I'm stressed, I bake. Well, I've been baking A LOT lately.
Carrot cake is one of those classic cakes for which there are at least 1000 recipes. And for some reason, I felt compelled to make it. This recipe, from Fine Cooking, came out really well. I made a few adjustments, though: namely, I omitted raisins (because I hate them) and walnuts (because I didn't have them on hand), reduced the brown sugar in the cake by 1/2 cup, and reduced the powdered sugar in the frosting by an entire cup (it was sweet enough with just 3 cups -- the extra cup would've sent a diabetic to the ER).
Here's the final product, all nicely frosted:
And here's a little sliver for the baker (looks a bit like PacMan, doesn't it?):
The cake was moist and intensely flavorful, while the frosting had a good tang from the cream cheese, balanced with enough sweetness. I've seen recipes that add everything from pineapple chunks to coconut, but I'm a purist when it comes to carrot cake.
I also felt that the recipe made way too much frosting. I didn't want to waste it, so I ended up making little cookie sandwiches (with the animal cookies I had made the same day).
The kiddies gobbled them up and the adults raved about the cake. 5 ladles!