Happy Turkey Day…

If these photos look a little different, it’s because I decided to go back to the basics. Honestly I did this because my house was a freaking mess due to Thanksgiving and I refused to clutter it up anymore with a bunch a camera equipment. I missed the basic level of food photography…no fancy lights, no sweep, no tripod…just me, my camera, and a window. Now onto the first of quite a few turkey day treats…carrot cake.

There is a restaurant in my area called,
J. Alexander’s and they have the most delicious carrot cake that has ever crossed my lips. It’s moist, spicy and delectable. I have never made carrot cake before, but I figured I would give it a try. In an attempt to duplicate the carrot cake from J. Alexander’s, I hit up google looking for a copycat recipe, but I came up empty handed, so I ventured over to the always dependable allrecipes. Through allrecipes, I found a plethora of recipes, but ended up settling on the one recipe that had a ton of excellent reviews. From there I adapted the recipe according to the reviews and my personal taste. The end result was one freaking delicious carrot cake!

4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 shredded sweetened coconut
3/4 raisins

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan. (I used muffin tins)
3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir in carrots and pineapple. Fold in pecans, raisins, and coconut. Pour into prepared pan.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. I made cupcakes so baked these for 19-20 minutes.

Cream Cheese Icing from justbaking
2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Using a mixer, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread cream between layers and on top of cake.

10 Responses to “Happy Turkey Day…”

  1. ~Mrs. Guru~ — November 27, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Looks delicious! I would love to spend just one meal at your house! I bet the food is to die for!!


  2. Melissa — November 28, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Those are beautiful!They look moist and yummy!


  3. Ingrid — November 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Happy Turkey Day to you!!

    The frosting on your cupcakes looks good! I love a lot of frosting on my cuppycakes!

    Even with out your “studio” your photos were still outstanding!


  4. Leslie — November 28, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Delish..I too couldnt get any photos of my Feast. too many people..too much mess too much crazy!


  5. Megan — November 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    wow, your frosting look amazing! i’m impressed!


  6. Ashley — November 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    wow! i just found your blog. these look absolutely amazing!


  7. x — April 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    just made these tonight (after having it bookmarked for forever), they turned out DELICIOUS. thanks so much!


  8. Emily — August 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I just made these today to use up all my little bits. They are absolutely incredible, love them!


  9. Barbara — November 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    So, I want to make these for a tailgate on Saturday. How many cupcakes does it make, and how long do they need to bake?


  10. Marissa — April 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    how many cupcakes does this recipe make?


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