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Apr 072015

                                         Spicy Applesauce Carrot Cake With Walnuts

A scoop of our homemade ice cream and this cake was awesome!

A scoop of our homemade ice cream and this cake was awesome!

Who doesn’t like carrot cake especially at Easter? Maybe it’s the bunny thing delivering the eggs that makes my think of carrots! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter as we did here…… It wasn’t quite as crazy here as I thought it would be as one granddaughter couldn’t make it due to her honey working and the same went for our daughter who also had to work. So it ended up just being our other granddaughter Sammi with her hubby and daughter and an 11 pound ham with lots of side dishes to grace our Easter feast! Kenny and I also decided to try some different dishes this year and we will be bringing them to you in the near future, some that had a few glitches and others, nary a one. I also surprised Sam’s husband with some homemade Hawaiian bread rolls as his only request for dinner was some big fat yeast rolls!
This cake is so moist and tasty with the addition of applesauce, that there almost wasn’t enough to go around for just the five of us, but I did manage to save a little for us and a piece for Sam to put in her husband’s lunch the next day. And of course, you gotta top this sweet treat with some homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. I also like the combination of spices which adds even more flavor.

Another thing you can add to this cake are raisins which I seemed to overlook the fact that my cupboard was bare when it came to these.

I swear...I did not steal the raisins!!!

I swear…I did not steal the raisins!!!

I could have sworn I had some, so that pesky raisin thief must have been lurking around yet again, Husband????


Spicy Applesauce Carrot Cake With Walnuts
  • 2 & ¾ cups flour
  • 3 teas baking soda
  • 1 teas salt
  • 3 teas cinnamon
  • 1 teas nutmeg
  • ¼ to ½ teas ground ginger
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teas pure vanilla extract
  • 14 oz container of all natural applesauce
  • 3 cups shredded carrots, I do mine on medium grate
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts
  1. Sift together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat the eggs to combine.
  3. Add the oil, sugar, vanilla and applesauce and mix well.
  4. Stir in the carrots and mix.
  5. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just to combine.
  6. Fold in the raisins and nuts.
  7. Pour into 2, 9-inch greased and floured cake pans or 1, 9 X 13 pan, again greased and floured.
  8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 35 to 45 minutes depending on pans used or until cake tests done.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes in pans on wire racks and remove to cool completely before adding your favorite cream cheese icing..........

Hope you enjoy, we did!

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Feb 092015

Honey Nut Muffins With Oatmeal And Raisins

Let me start today with my deepest sympathy to all our friends up north who are getting slammed with snow!!! Just talked to my sister in New York who just came in from shoveling another 7 inches of snow out of her path to the car with more snow to come today and again on Thursday. She wanted to know if she could send some down to me and I said sure as we are having a rainy day here and I would much rather play in the snow :) She chuckled when I told her to have her son come down with his semi and an empty trailer and we would come up with the John Deere and get rid of it for her!
I guess I’m going to be baking a lot more now that Husband needs to eat in the morning with his meds and with his appetite not yet in full swing at o’dark thirty, I have been trying to keep something that will be easy for him to grab and enjoy with his coffee such as these muffins and the apple walnut bread that I posted recently. I have been trying not to indulge at that hour but when he warms something up, the aroma floating through the air gets my tummy to talking and I find that I too have been enjoying his new morning ritual, well at least until the pounds start piling on :( You can use any kind of nuts in these muffins and even use regular sugar if you prefer, but I like to use local honey in lieu of sugar if I can……….

Great snack anytime!

Great snack anytime!


Honey Nut Muffins With Oatmeal And Raisins
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ teas salt
  • ½ teas ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats, not quick cooking
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  1. Sift the first 4 ingredients together into a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in the oats, raisins and nuts.
  3. Combine the eggs with the remaining ingredients and pour into the dry mixture just until combined.
  4. Fill 12 greased muffin cups ⅔ full and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and turn out onto a rack to cool completely before storing and being careful not to gobble them all down.

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