Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oatmeal Spiced Carrot Cake

Today I wanted to make cake for Jeff.


This cake is a play on Jeff's favorite cake. It is a hybrid of an oatmeal spice cake with broiled topping and a traditional carrot cake. It is insanely tall, super rich and not for the faint of heart.




Once baked and cooled, one of the layers is topped with a coconut/brown sugar/walnut/butter concoction and broiled. The other layer gets a nice coating of browned butter cream cheese frosting.



Today I felt like making Jeff a cake and things may have gotten a little out of hand.

Oatmeal Spiced Carrot Cake with Broiled Topping and Browned Butter Frosting
makes a 2 layer 9" cake
adapted from www.ehow.com

Cake
1 1/2 c water
1 cold fashioned oats
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons buttermilk
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 c AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c grated carrots
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c shredded coconut

Broiled Topping
2 1/2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 c + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2  c shredded coconut






Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c sifted confectioners sugar
1 stick (1/2 c butter) browned and cooled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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*pre-heat oven to 350
1. Cook oatmeal with water over medium heat until thickened; remove from heat and allow to cool completely
2. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars
3. Add eggs one at a time; beat until light and fluffy
4. Add vanilla, buttermilk, salt and spices
5. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and soda; add to wet ingredients in mixing bowl
6. Using a spatula, fold cooled oatmeal into cake batter until just incorportated
7. Fold in raisins, carrots and coconut
7. Pour batter into 2-9" cake rounds that have been oiled and floured; bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes (tops will spring back)
8. Allow cakes to cool; while cakes are cooling, make your topping by combining all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cooking over low-medium heat until the they melt together

*pre-heat broiler

9. Remove cakes from their pans and place one on a cake stand; place the other 9" cake round on a lined baking sheet and spread the topping evenly over the top of it
10. Broil for 2-4 minutes (until topping is bubbly and golden brown)
11. Cool until topping is set
12. Make your frosting by creaming together powdered sugar, cream cheese, salt and vanilla; stream in browned butter and mix until glossy (about 3 minutes in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment)
13. Spread an even layer of frosting onto the plain cake layer on the stand; top with other cake round; frost sides as desired with remaining frosting
14. Allow frosting to set before slicing and enjoying!

12. Smooth a thin layer of frosting on plain cake round

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