Happy Thursday dear friends! Despite the forecast of rain on my birthday, Jesus brought me sunshine! A beautiful, vibrant blue sky greeted me Wednesday morning and I couldn't have been more surprised. What a perfect and lovely birthday present to welcome in my golden birthday.
I love to bake. Rarely ever pass up an opportunity to bake a cake, I just had to bake my favorite for my special day. I truly dislike creating cakes without a reason, even though I could use the practice. I like to have friends and family to savor my victory or eat the failure. Cake needs company. I chose one of my favorites, a delicious Carrot Cake, and whipped up a heavenly Coconut Honey Frosting to complete this scrumptious dessert. I just finished off a slice tonight and oh dear is it good. Nothing like the moist and almost chewy texture of a good carrot cake on your birthday or the day after!
I used a delightful recipe that came out quite nicely in my new spring-form cake pans (thank you mom!). The cake and frosting recipes came from other baking geniuses, but I added a few twists of my own to both and loved the results! I'm starting to get the hang of frosting. It's had me in tears multiple times, so I was pleasantly surprised when it developed smoothly and tasted divine! A pet peeve I have with frosting has made the process more difficult than it normally should be. I just can't help this one.
I hate powdered sugar and shortening in frosting. It gives me a major sugar rush (the bad kind) and a headache within minutes of eating.
If you are familiar with frosting ingredients, this eliminates just about every good thick, creamy frosting recipe known to man kind, well practically. Fortunately, I found one that uses agave/honey and coconut oil. Most I've tried melt after being pulled out of the fridge and create a gooey, oily frosting that looks and tastes terrible. Not this one, it's actually thick and frosts nicely!
Thanks for celebrate a bit with me! I hope you enjoyed the yummy photos of my golden birthday cake!