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Best Ever Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of those cakes that’s full of potential, but somehow people always seem to mess with perfection. I mean, really, who decided that adding pineapples and raisins to carrot cake was necessary? No one sits around eating pineapples and carrots together. It makes no sense. I also personally only like the pecans on the outside of the cake, but that’s not a deal breaker. Don’t even get me started on people who use buttercream instead of cream cheese icing for carrot cake. Admittedly, all of these things are extremely trivial… Sometimes I surprise even myself with the amount of useless thought I put into food.

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that I’m a huge fan of Jaclyn over at Cooking Classy because her pictures are always beautiful and everything she posts is absolutely amazing. This cake is a perfect example because, well, this cake is perfect. It is hands down the best carrot cake I have ever made or tried. The only thing I changed is the amount of cream cheese icing (I did one and a half of the recipe). The recipe itself is flawless. I wanted to savor this cake for as long as possible, but it was so good I found myself cutting a piece every time I walked by the fridge. I have zero restraint. I hope you enjoy!

Best Ever Carrot Cake
Recipe from Cooking Classy

Serving Size: 12 Servings

4 eggs

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup applesauce

2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3 cups lightly packed finely grated carrots*

1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

2/3 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting*
12 ounces (1 1/2 8 ounce packages) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup salted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar

*This is 1 1/2 times the original recipe. Scale it back if you like a bit less frosting.
  • Preheat
    oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 9″ round cake pans with aluminum foil,
    leaving an overhang on two side. Grease foil and dust with flour, set
    aside. (This cake can also be made in a 9×13 dish just increase baking
    time to 40 – 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out
    clean, I have even halved the recipe and baked it in and 8×8 dish).
  • In
    a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,
    cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer,
    combine vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla.
    Slowly stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in
    grated carrots. Divide mixture evenly into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake
    cakes in preheat oven for 35-39 minutes until toothpick inserted into
    center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes in
    cake dishes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Lift cakes out of
    pan with foil overhang and allow to cool on wire rack completely before
    frosting (once cool I cut about 1/4″ off the tops to even them out
    before frosting, you’ll notice the centers don’t rise as high as the
    rest). Flip cakes upside down when frosting with Cream Cheese Frosting.
    Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Store cake in airtight container.
  • *Grate carrots on small grate of a grater. This is usually 6-7 medium carrots.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • In
    a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese,
    butter and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and mix until
    well combine.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

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Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Tarts for #Sundaysupper

This week, #SundaySupper has a breakfast for dinner theme – one of my favorites so far – but since I posted a waffle recipe a few weeks ago, I wanted to make something more on the savory side.   These tarts, with their tangle of roasted red peppers and onions and sunny-looking egg, caught my eye as I was flipping through my copy of Jerusalem: The Cookbook and I knew they’d be perfect!

I cooked my eggs for 13 minutes – a little longer than the original recipe called for – and they came out just how I like them, with thickened jelly-like yolks that aren’t too runny. The tarts were unlike anything I’d ever eaten, yet they still seemed homey and vaguely familiar.

Paired with a simple salad of baby lettuce tossed with olive oil and my favorite blackberry-ginger balsamic vinegar, they made a great light meal that we both really enjoyed.

Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Tart

These simple tarts have a surprisingly bold flavor. Pair them with baby lettuce tossed with oil and balsamic vinegar for a light meal.

Author: Lauren Keating

Serves: 6


  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ cup loosely packed parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 sheet (1/2 package) puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • 6 eggs
  • sea salt and cracked pepper


  1. Heat oven to 400*F. Pile the peppers and onion on a baking sheet. Pour oil over top and sprinkle with thyme, cumin, and coriander. Use your hands to mix everything together. Spread out into an even layer and roast 30 minutes.
  2. Line a second baking sheet with parchment. Unroll the pastry onto the sheet and cut into six squares. Use a fork to poke indentations all over the pastry, leaving a ¼ inch boarder around the edges. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 425*F. Brush pastry with the beaten egg. Spread the center of each pastry square with 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Mix half of the parsley and cilantro into the roast vegetables then arrange onto the center of each pastry square, leaving a shallow crater in the center. Bake 10 minutes. Crack an egg into a small dish; carefully pour it onto one of the pastries, letting it settle into the crater that you left. Repeat with remaining eggs. Return to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  4. Top with remaining herbs and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 386 Fat: 28.7 Carbohydrates: 22.6 Fiber: 1.9 Protein: 10.4


Don’t miss any of the other great “Breakfast for Dinner” recipes from the Sunday Supper group! 

Tres Leches Pancakes from La Cocina de Leslie

French Toast Casserole with Sautéed Apples from The Foodie Army Wife

Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza from Blueberries And Blessings

Basic Vegan Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc

Kale, Bacon, Brown Rice Crustless Quiche from Shockingly Delicious

Bacon Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos from Cookin’ Mimi

Steak and Egg Tostadas from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Breakfast Bowls from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Bacon and Egg Waffles from The Urban Mrs

Homemade Lox from Growing Up Gabel

Seattle Sandwiches (Lox, Shmear, & A Fried Egg) from Juanita’s Cocina

Bacon & Brie Potato Bread Strata with Roasted Pears from Eat, Move, Shine

Saucy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sliders from Daily Dish Recipes

Greek Frittata from Casa de Crews

Elderberry Flower Pancakes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Rosemary Strata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Italian Turkey Meatballs (With a Secret) from What Smells So Good?

Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Breakfast Pizza from Runner’s Tales

Red Pepper and Egg Galette from Healthy. Delicious.

Waffles – One Plate, Two Ways: Sweet & Savory from Foxes Love Lemons

Steak & Egg Bagel Sandwich from girlichef

Florentine Benedict from Supper for a Steal

Oatmeal Ice Cream from Treats & Trinkets

Banana Waffles with Peanut Butter Syrup from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Baked Berry French Toast from Table For Seven

Open Faced BTC Sandwich from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Crustless Spinach Quiche from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle

Bacon ‘n Eggs Bread Pudding from gotta get baked

Denver Breakfast Ring from Curious Cuisiniere

Copycat Japanese McDonald’s from Ninja Baking

Crumpets with Whipped Honey Orange Butter from Kudos Kitchen By Renee

One Pan Full English Fry-up from Food Lust People Love

Leek, Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche from Hip Foodie Mom

Joe’s Special, the Original San Francisco Treat from Webicurean

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tarts from Vintage Kitchen Notes

Dark Chocolate, Orange & Pistachio Greek Yogurt Cups from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Gluten Free Tomato Basil Crepes form No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

Sour Cherry Crisp from Pies and Plots

Cream Dried Beef and Waffles from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sausage breakfast casserole from My cute bride

Almond Rice Crepes Stuffed With Sweet Potatoes & Peas from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Zucchini Pancakes with Sautéed Tomatoes and Feta from Ruffles & Truffles

Apple, Bacon, and Dubliner Cheese Stuffed French Toast from Neighborfood

Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast from Basic N Delicious

Normally it would be very socially unacceptable to have wine with your breakfast, but seeing as this is closer to sunset than sunrise, we say go for it!!!

Hangtown Fry and Wine Pairings with Breakfast for Dinner from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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Reese’s and Caramel Stuffed Cookie Bars


Reese’s and Caramel Stuffed Cookie Bars-adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake via Lemons for Lulu
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
9 full size peanut butter cups
11 ounces or about 30 caramels
3 tablespoons heavy cream

melted chocolate chips, if desired to drizzle on tops

Preheat oven to 350º. Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil.  In a mixer, beat both sugars and butter beating until creamy. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to peanut butter mixture and gently mix till just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.  Press half cookie dough into pan and top with peanut butter cups.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt caramels and heavy cream, stopping and stirring at one minute intervals until completely melted. Stir until smooth. Pour caramel over peanut butter cups.  Drop remaining dough on top and carefully spread using your fingers.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely and chill.  Cut into bars and top with drizzled chocolate, if desired.
Yield: 24 bars

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