Unbelievably, my mom turned 60 on Saturday! I can’t wrap my brain around it because for some reason my mom lives perpetually at the age of 38 in my mind. So for my forever 38 mom’s birthday, we invited her over for scalloped potatoes, salad and her favorite dessert — carrot cake. I make carrot cake for mom every year, she always tells me not to, but 10 minutes later, she’s asking me what recipe I’ll be using this year :). SO we always end up having carrot cake!
Mom loved her birthday cards and the potted violet that we gifted her. I also gave her the pretty potted bulb vase that I made for her not long ago.
We had a nice time just spending time talking and chatting. My mom loves to laugh and she brightened our day. Little Aera loved seeing her silly great grandma!
I love you Mom! Happy 60th Birthday!
This carrot cake recipe is a winner. I found it over at MomOnTimeOut.com and just changed a few things. So jump over to her Best Carrot Cake Recipe to try it out and see below for my added extras. For many of my baked goods, I do like to use applesauce in place of the usual oil. It helps to cut the fat out a bit and keeps cakes and quick breads from being greasy so I was happy to find a recipe that uses applesauce.
Carrot cake usually calls for quite a bit of sugar and this one has 2 cups. I decided to try and sub some honey for some of the sugar – I used 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of honey. I added 1/2 tsp of ginger in with the cinnamon and, like her recipe, I loaded our cake up with delicious veggies, nuts and fruit. I hate dry carrot cake and this one was far from it. The honey, pineapple and coconut blended together to create a moist, flavorful dense carrot cake that we all had seconds of — groan!
Also, instead of making frosting, I tried out that new Cool Whip frosting. I have wanted to try it since seeing a commercial for it weeks ago. It did not disappoint and tastes just like the cream cheese frosting that I usually make — without any extra work!
There’s just one piece left.
It’s sitting on the table behind me and it is calling my name.