I was thinking about how to tell you about my relationship to Linda. I thought I would tell you that my aunt Donna has been dating Linda's brother, Russell, for probably at least 12 years. Then I realized, I have been out of high school for (GULP!) 15 years.... and I have known Russell since middle school (there was a whole pass me the sugar incident that still gives me nightmares... am I right Sarah?!) So, lets reverse the numbers and say that they have probably been together for closer to 21 years! That is a long time!Yikes!
So anyway, Linda is practically my aunt Donna's sister-in-law. She is famous for making this homemade cake and bringing it to the South Side Improvement Association dinners in Belleville. When I lived in her area, she was always nice enough to invite me over for dinner and when I was lucky she made it for me as well. My sister Kristie went to college not too far from her. We went to her house for dinner the night before she moved in her freshman year. Linda made her a carrot cake and Kristie requested another for her birthday cake!!
Of course, I think the frosting makes the cake. So, this is no different. A good carrot cake needs a good cream cheese frosting. This is a simple and classic version that would be great on any cake!
I have been really enjoying making more things from scratch and by hand. I have been throwing together dinners for years, but had never really gotten into from scratch cakes. I didn't make many cakes, and when I did it was from a mix. So, it was a lot of fun to get out a bowl and spoon and go to work making a cake!
And what isn't made better with a little cream cheese frosting?!
Linda's Famous Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb carrots, finely grated
- Grease a 9x13 pan and preheat your oven to 350 F
- Mix all dry ingredients and sift well.
- Beat eggs, vanilla and oil together, add dry ingredients and mix well.
- Stir in carrots and pour into prepared 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 F for about 1 1/2 hour or until browned. Let cool before icing.