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Cooking Tuesday special: Spiced Carrot Layer Cake

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Today it’s a special Cooking Tuesday because it’s my birthday, therefore I have a rather difficult recipe that will end with the most delicious cake in this galaxy!
Now, I am usually all for chocolate. . There is never enough chocolate. I could literarly eat 85% dark Heidi for the rest of my days.
But trust me on this one, this cake is absolutely delicious, unique and suprisingly light.

What you need:

FOR THE CAKE:
1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for pans
1¼ cups flour, plus more for pans
1¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground allspice
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
½ cup finely ground almonds
3 cups finely grated carrots
1½ cups packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs, separated
½ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
1 tbsp. orange zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract

FOR THE GLAZE AND ICING:
12 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
¼ cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
¾ tsp. baking soda
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup mascarpone cheese
3 8-oz. packages cream cheese
2 tbsp. dark or spiced rum
1 tbsp. orange zest
1 1-lb. box confectioners’ sugar
2 cups finely chopped walnuts

What to do:

Make cake: Heat oven to 350°. Butter and flour three 9″ round baking pans; set aside. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until it browns. Chill until solid.

2. In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and allspice. Finely grind coconut and almonds in a food processor. Combine nut mixture, carrots, and flour mixture; mix.

3. In a bowl, beat together browned butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 1–2 minutes; beat in yolks one at a time. Add yogurt, juice, zest, and vanilla; beat. Add flour mixture; beat. Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks; fold into batter. Divide batter between pans; smooth tops with a spatula. Bake for 30–35 minutes. Let cool slightly.

4. Meanwhile, make glaze and icing: In a 4-qt. pan, combine 4 tbsp. butter, sugar, buttermilk, syrup, and baking soda; boil. Cook until dark, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in ½ tsp. vanilla. Spread glaze over each warm cake. Remove cakes from pans; transfer, glazed side up, to racks. Let cool.

5. In a bowl, beat remaining butter, mascarpone, and cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add remaining vanilla, rum, zest, and sugar; beat. Chill. Spread 1¼ cups icing evenly over 2 cake layers; stack, top with remaining layer. Frost top and sides; press nuts onto sides. Chill before serving.

ENJOY IT!

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recipe taken from here

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26 November

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A day like any other to most of you, no doubt. But to me… Well it is my birthday. I couldn’t just let the day pass without acknowledging this 😀
I am turning 16 years old. Which is little, I know, but right now it seems a lot. I am probably making no sense at all … But you see the shows like ‘My super sweet sixteen’ when you are little and you think, God, those kids are so big. There is so much til then. and apparently there wasn’t. It’s here, and happily I don’t feel different. At all.

So… If anyone else is born today I found some interesting facts about this day 😊

If You Were Born Today, November 26:

Although you possess considerable common sense, you do question accepted rules. You are a seeker, yet your feet are on the ground. You want to create your own destiny, and bumps and bruises along the way simply contribute to your growth, and you know it. Your emotions are up and down, although others may not always see this until they know you well. Your nature is irrepressible, yet you manage to earn others’ respect at the same time. Famous people born today: Charles Schulz, Rich Little, Tina Turner, Natasha Bedingfield, Robert Goulet.

If you are interested you can also find more information about this day and its history on http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/november26th.html

Birthday or not, have a nice day!! ✌

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Sweet November, you are mine.

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Oh sweet November. Not warm, but not yet cold. Time changing, mood-swings, strangeness. A day sunny, the other rainy. No one gets you, no one loves you. It’s the month in which I was born. “So dull and dark are the November days”, a wise man one said. Was he right? Is this month loved by no one? Is it an ocean of emotions, depression and dulness this 11th month? It depresses me to think I’ve reached November. It remembers me how quickly time passes by, how quickly I change. How everyone around me is changing. But I refuse to blame this month for my stupid sadness. These 30 days should be a reason for happiness to me. I’m getting older and wiser. Christmas comes, another year passed by. When did we all get so big?

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