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Happy birthday, hubby!

Happy birthday, hubby!

Yesterday was Dan's 35th birthday (sorry for the brutal honesty, babe) - and it decided to snow 6 inches. Such is life in Minnesota. We had to postpone our dinner plans at George and the Dragon Lynnhurst Public House (so good!) and opted for Chinese food delivered (we didn't want to go out in that snow again - sorry, delivery guy!). 

Dan's cake of choice is always carrot cake. In the past I've made him my grandmother's recipe for carrot cake - also my dad's favorite - but this time I've made some alterations. As I write this we have yet to taste the fruits of my labor, but I've included the recipe for you anyway.

Grandma K's Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake Ingredients:
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 c flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1 c flour
3/4 c vegetable oil (olive works fine)
2 small jars of strained carrot baby food
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c shredded carrots
3/4 c chopped pecans

Frosting Ingredients:
1 1/2 c confectioners (powdered) sugar
3 oz cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/4 c butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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Beat in eggs.

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Add sugar and oil, mix well. Stir in baby food, vanilla, and flour. Fold in shredded carrots and pecans.

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Pour into 9-inch round or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Let cool completely. While cooling, whip together confectioners sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.

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When cake has cooled to room temperature, frost and enjoy!

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While I was hard at work baking for Dan, he discovered a few new bands that performed some great covers of popular songs. Are you guys familiar with Post-Modern Jukebox ft. Scott Bradley? They do a mean rendition of Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Then Dan found Pentatonix. I recommend either The Evolution of Music or The Evolution of Beyonce. Seriously - these groups are amazing. They remind me of Walk Off The Earth. Love them, too.

Enjoy!

- Sarah

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