I don’t write baking posts very often. So this cinnamon cream cheese carrot cake is definitely for a special occasion. Baking, for me, is kind of challenging. I’m honestly a reasonably skilled baker, but it is always a bit of a struggle to work up to doing it. Then it is always a bit of struggle to not rush through it. In baking, the real skill is patience. Measuring and mixing are fairly easy, and makes up the bulk of the skills you need to bake, but following instructions, and doing everything in the correct order is paramount, and this is where I get hung up. I have learned some things over the years that have helped me work through my impatience problem.
First, preparation is everything. It starts with reading a recipe and making sure that you have all of your ingredients on hand. I have on more than one occasion realized I was half a cup of flour or one egg short of what my recipe needed. Going to the store when this happens is way lame, and improvising too much with a baking recipe isn’t really an option. Second, is reading comprehension. Read your recipe instructions in advance and make sure you know the order of things. Baking recipes almost always combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, and the order you combine ingredients is really important to your finished product.
With all that being said, I have a great Carrot Cake recipe. It takes a few steps, but is perfect for a special occasion. It is wonderfully moist because the cake is finished with a hot glaze, and I’ve added a Cinnamon cream Cheese Frosting that will knock your socks off.
“Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child