With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Surprise Carrot Cake

Friday, January 29, 2010

Surprise Carrot Cake


I needed to whip up something for Bible study this week so I made a quick browse through my dessert recipe file. I pulled this one from an old Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cookbook because I had all of the ingredients on hand and because it is a really moist and tasty cake. Though I love traditional carrot cake slathered with rich frosting, the "surprise" cream cheese filling in this version is a very nice contrast in taste and texture. The addition of 3 cups of carrots is an added benefit and a dusting of confectioners sugar completes the cake.

SURPRISE CARROT CAKE

1 (8 oz.) pkg. Philadelphia Brand cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 c. flour
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 c. oil
3 eggs, beaten
3 c. carrots, shredded
1/2 c. nuts, chopped

Combine cream cheese, sugar and egg, mixing until well blended. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients. Add combined oil and eggs, mixing just until moistened. Fold in carrots and nuts. Reserve 2 cups of batter; pour remaining batter into greased and floured 9 inch Bundt pan.

Pour cream cheese mixture over batter; carefully spoon reserved batter over cream cheese mixture, spreading to cover.

Bake at 350 degrees, 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool thoroughly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. 
Serves 12.

14 comments:

Deb said...

Oh, that looks so good!!! I love, love, love cream cheese!!!

Lady Farmer said...

Oh! That looks divine! I have been craving cake and this is just the ticket! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Blessings!

Linda Stubbs said...

Oh num, my honey's birthday is Feb 19. I always make carrot cake for his cake. That is his favorite. I am thinking that I would like to make this instead, but maybe drizzle the frosting over the top. I will show him. I am sure it will be what he will want! Very pretty also!

You always have the best recipes!
Blessings, Linda

Mildred said...

Hi Lorraine, This does sound so good - I love cream cheese. I imagine this is very good served with coffee. Enjoy the weekend.

The B's said...

Your photos amaze me! And that carrot cake is doing a pretty good job, too. =)

Susan Wicker said...

L, that looks absolutely delectable. How oh how oh HOW can you stay so nice and slender and make such yummy desserts? Oh, pul-eeeese tell me your secret. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Leslie said...

this looks so tasty...perfect for company

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh my! So wish I'd seen this before going to the store this morning. No cream cheese in the house! Now I'm snowed in and drooling over this cake! :)

Dayle said...

Looks yummy. My hubby's favorite.

Ann said...

I love carrot cake and this looks delicious.

Janice said...

I think everyone has said everything that came into my head when I saw that cake - heaven on a plate - totally appropriate for your Bible Study!

Debbie said...

We are snow bound today and this carrot cake really hit the spot, oh I so wish I had a piece!!~ I am glad you enjoyed browsing around my blog....you have a beautiful family!!~ Come again, as I will visit you as well:)

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mrs.H,
It was lovely to catch up with you!!
This carrot cake looks a little too good!
*sigh* What yummy~ness!

Love Always~ Miss Jen

Ian said...

I have made this cake before and it is the BEST carrot cake ever!!! I just absolutely love it and love serving it and seeing the look on a person's face when you cut into the cake for the first time!!!

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