Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake

As most of you know, Sunday dinners have become a fantastically, wonderful time that we spend with our friends and family. This Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake is was Sunday dinner worthy 
Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake 

Would you just look at that gooey goodness! I know you’re all waiting for some life changing story or statement here…..well, I just don’t have one for you. Bottom line here is, I like cake! I eat cake! I bake cake! I share cake! I even give cake away! (insert thunder and lightening bolts here) 

Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake

Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake is even better when you share it with a whole table full of friends and family. Pour some more wine (or coffee for some that frequent our dinner table on Sunday’s) have a few more laughs and enjoy the company. Please refrain from trying to steal a bite from your table-neighbor, YOU WILL GET HURT!

Please note** There is NOTHING “healthy” about this cake except for the fact that it has carrots in it. We use things like shortening, butter, full fat cream cheese, lots of chocolate pieces and lots of sugar. If you’re going to bake – you might as well do it well! Let’s get on with the recipe (that’s all you guys really want anyway). 

Farmstead Southern Style Carrot Cake

Does anyone really know what makes a carrot cake “southern” style? I mean really have you ever heard of a “northern” style carrot cake??? The questions that cross my mind as I write this. I suppose it’s the addition of other fruits (like raisins or pineapple) or is it the nuts?

 

 

Farmhouse Southern Style Carrot Cake
Sunday dinner worthy dessert.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Carrot Cake
  2. 2½ cups all purpose flour
  3. 1½ cups granulated sugar
  4. 4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1½ tsp baking soda
  7. 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 3/4 cup shortening
  10. 3 1/2 cups grated carrots
  11. ½ cup raisins
  12. Frosting
  13. 16 oz cream cheese
  14. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  15. 1/2 cup shortening
  16. 6 cups powdered sugar or more
  17. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  18. 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  19. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we like walnuts) *optional
  20. Chocolate shavings *optional
Instructions
  1. Carrot Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9" cake pans we use parchment paper in the bottom of our pans for easier cake removal.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl,cream together sugar, shortening until "fluffy", add eggs one at a time. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda and slowly add to mixer. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the carrots and raisins
  5. Pour into the three 9" cake pans and bake for 20-35 minutes, cake is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting (I prefer to pop them in the freezer for an hour or so. It makes them easier to frost.)
  7. Frosting
  8. Beat together cream cheese, butter, shortening until nice and creamy
  9. Slowly add powdered sugar (slowly otherwise you will have a nicely powdered coated kitchen - don't ask me how I know)
  10. It will be a little lumpy - add vanilla and enough cream to reach your desired consistency
  11. Frost cake as you desire. Sprinkle top with nuts and coat the outside with chocolate shaving if using
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