Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Taste of Home Tuesday: Chocolate Carrot Cake & Pumpkin CupCakes #CBias #CoolWhipFrosting

Can I start out my post by saying, “YUM!”? Let’s just call it a heads up.

So, with my Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes I’ve been wanting to do a dessert. Well, combine two of my loves: baking and Social Fabric and “ding, ding, ding we have a winner!”

Today I’m bringing you TWO recipes for the price of one blog post. All of this baking has me adding to my pans and tools in the kitchen. I’ve never made a cake from scratch so I had ZERO cake pans, especially round ones. The Chocolate Carrot Cake asks for two. Yes, I could’ve done one at a time, but time was of the essence today.
Breast Cancer Awareness at Auntie Anne's

I headed to Walmart after work and grabbed all of the ingredients I didn’t have at home already. I got some shredded carrots, but they didn’t say “fine’ on them so I hope when I bite into the cake I don’t get huge chunks of carrot in each bite. Not sure how I’ll feel about that.

Chocolate Carrot Cake ingredients

With the recipes I’m sharing today, there are actual frosting recipes IN the cookbook. I just had the opportunity to try out the new Cool Whip Frostings and couldn’t pass that up.

Chocolate Carrot Cake Collage

I was curious to see if it was a light frosting once it was defrosted (you get them with the other Cool Whip in the freezer section of my Walmart) or thick. So, as soon as I got home, I made ham sandwiches, cleared the counters and started baking my little heart away!

Cool Whip Frosting

I started with the Chocolate Carrot Cake figuring that might take the longest. As I was mixing in the dry ingredients into the other mixture, I had my son come take pictures. He said, “ooooo is that chocolate? I can’t stay here, that smells gross!” Now, let me just say I think my son was switched at birth. He’s not fond of ice cream either. He promptly left me!

Chocolate Carrot Cake Ingredient Recipe
Chocolate Carrot Cake Recipe

I popped the cakes into the oven and got started on my Pumpkin Cupcakes. I’ve never done anything with canned…oh wait a minute, I certainly have used canned pumpkin! Last year when I made Liz’s Pumpkin Cheesecake! YUM!

These were super easy to make. I got the chocolate cakes done and in went my cupcakes with the cute fall liners I got at the store.

Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients

One little note, I didn’t have waxed paper (I know, there’s always a hiccup in my recipes) so I figured I’d just spray them. HA! The cakes stuck to the bottom of the pans. Not badly, but enough. Harumph! Guess I know what else I’ll be buying with my next grocery trip!

Both the cakes and the cupcakes were cooled by the time the Cool Whip Frostings were done defrosting (about an hour on the counter)! Good timing all around.

Pumpkin Cupcake Collage

I plated the first layer of cake and opened the frosting. I was SO surprised at how nicely this slipped out of the container. Extremely easy to work with and very forgiving. I also liked that it didn’t pull up the cake as I was spreading it, which happens with traditional frosting.

Pumpkin Cupcake Ingredients Recipe
Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

I could tell as I scooped and spread the frosting that is was very light, like you’d expect Cool Whip to be. Of course, I had to do the right thing and taste test it by itself. Now, you have to understand, I like Cool Whip on pumpkin pie and that’s about it. I was kind of “meh” about trying it. I also like traditional frosting, but don’t care to eat it alone as I’m baking…c’mon, you know what I mean.

Good heavens, I tried this chocolate flavored Cool Whip Frosting and I have to tell you, I’m lucky to have gotten the 2nd layer frosted. Holy schnikeys, that was some good stuff. I will need to show restraint with it!

It was fun seeing both layers put together and an official double layer cake! I’m taking these to my step-daughter’s tomorrow to thank her for watching her brothers for me while I’m out of town.

Fall cupcake liners

Then I moved to the fun fall cupcakes. These I’m taking over to my oldest daughter to share with her roommates. The four girls are sharing their first apartment together! My little girl is growing up. Ok, she grew up a while ago, but she’s still my little girl. I also wanted to thank her for taking me to the airport on Wednesday!

The vanilla flavored frosting was very subtle. Still had the Cool Whip taste, but a hint of vanilla. I was bummed they didn’t have the cream cheese flavor, but thankful there was a “white topping” one.

Desserts & Toppings marker

My oldest son and I tried the cupcakes before they had the frosting and, heh heh heh, he said it tasted like a pancake. Then he said, it had a sausage flavor. My only guess is, the maple syrup. I didn’t use ACTUAL maple syrup, but a shelf brand. I tried it with the frosting and yah, it did taste a bit like a pancake. I certainly had no flavors of sausage when I tried it.

We haven’t tried the entire cake yet since I want it to be intact when I take it to my step-daughter’s I’ll definitely update you on what we all think Tuesday night!

Be sure to check out my entire shopping trip and all of my baking on Google +! You can also find other great Kraft recipes on the Walmart website! I even saw some delicious ideas on the Cool Whip Facebook page! And if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to keep up on our collective Kraft Cool Whip Frosting Pinterest board with some great recipes!

I’m joining up with Delicious Dish Tuesday with my recipe.

Full Time Mama 
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Liz Mays said...

Yes! I'm dying to try some of that! Your cupcakes look fabulous!

Unknown said...

Yummy!!! Those look amazing!!! Save me one.

Aunt B said...

Both of these recipes look wonderful. I've pinned a link to your post on my Sweets page. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

These look SOOOOOOO good. I will be going out to buy the ingredients to make them this weekend!! Thanks for sharing with Delicious Dish Tuesday :)

Saph@frugalwifeblog said...

Oh yum!!! Wish I could reach through the screen to grab a cupcake!!! :)

Unknown said...

These look so delicious!!! I so want to try one.

Unknown said...

My niece doesn't like ice cream either. I always ask her what is wrong with her! :)

Pam said...

Thanks, Mimi, for making me hungry. :) Want to invite me over for cupcakes? :)

Unknown said...

When you bake you really go to town! Your recipes sounded delicious! Thank so much for sharing your experience and your tasty treats :)

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

Alright, I need some of BOTH of those asap! ;) They look delicious!! What a great mom to take it to your daughter and her roommates. She's a lucky girl!
Thanks for linking up again!!

BrettBMartin said...

mmmmmmmmmmm pumpkin cupcakes! delish!!

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