Honey Roasted Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Pecan Brittle

Like most holidays eater weekend means …

An extra day off – yay!!

Tons of food – yay!!

Tons of easter/bunny/spring themed snacks – yay!!

And chocolate – yaaaaay! Yaaaaayyy!! Yaaaayy!!

And naps, there are bound to be a couple naps!

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Again, this year we’ll be doing our annual Easter egg hunt for my parents – seriously, this is the best thing ever. Often my parents would forget where they hid the candy, normally turning into a huge mess, so one year – I think my brother and I were probably in our early 20’s- we turned the tables, and decided to hide candy for my mom and dad.

Best.idea.ever.

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I’ve never seen anything as funny, and they totally get into it. ahhh parents, gotta love them!! Speaking of parents, I feel like I haven’t been home in forever – seriously, I live less than an hour away, and the last time I saw them was like a month ago. It.breaks.my.heart.

But also, real life … I guess. So I’m even more excited than ever to be spending the weekend with them!! Also, there’s nothing like mom’s home cooking in exchange for making her Easter bread…. And carrot cake.

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DEAL!!

Take a lookie look at the cake I got for you today – carrots, cinnamon pecans, annnddd ohhh look at that cream cheese frosting! Sooo … a muffin with frosting?! – pretty much, at least that’s how I was able to justify it when I ate it for breakfast – plus carrots, nuts, dairy in the frosting …. I’m pretty much eating kale.

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Honey Roasted Pineapple Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Pecan Brittle

1 1/2 cups + 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil ( divided 1 ½ cups + 2 tbsp – 2 tbps)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cup brown sugar

6 eggs

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

2 ½  cups flour

¾  cup whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp. + 1 Tsp ground cinnamon (divided 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp)

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

¼  tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp ground ginger

2 large carrots peeled ( 1 finely grated – 2, coarsely chopped)

1 tin pineapple rings

2 Tbsp Honey

Prepared cream cheese frosting  (or you can make your own … )

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine chopped carrots, 2 tbps oil, 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp cinnamon and pineapple rings. Roast for 30 minutes. Once finished removed from oven.

Lower the oven to 350 oc and allow carrot-pineapple combo to cool.

Grease and flour  one large 12-inch round baking pan or two 9-inch round baking pans.

In the bowl of a large stand mixer, mix together 1 ½ cup + 2 tbsp oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined and smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients flours, remaining cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, ginger until combined.

Add cooled carrot-pineapple mixture to a blender, and blend to a thick paste ( it should resemble apple sauce) – you may have to add a little bit a water to help the process.

Combine all wet and dry ingredients.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. In the meantime, prepare cinnamon pecan brittle

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Cinnamon Pecan Brittle

1 egg white

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups pecans

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together egg white, honey, salt and cinnamon.

Toss nuts in the egg white mixture to coat.  Pour nut mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes, until nuts are browned.

Allow nuts to cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.

 

Assembling the cake

Once cake and brittle has cooled, level off both carrot cakes and break apart brittle.

Divide each cake horizontally (leaving you with 4 or 3 cakes depending on the size of pan used), between each layer, slater on the prepared cream cheese frosting, top with next later of cake. Repeat for all layers. Top the last layer of cake, with your brittle.

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Happy Easter everyone!!

 

Linzer Speculaas Carrot Cake Bunny Squares

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YYYYAAAABBBAAAA DAAABBAAA DOOOO LONG WEEKEND!!!

Are the Flintstones still on T.V? Do you youngin’s know who the Flintstones are … Justin Timberlake said he was old at the Radio Music Awards … What the heck is happening to the world around me … 0o0o0o bunnies!!

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Needless to say I’m PUMPED about the long weekend. To be honest, I don’t have much planned – just lots of family time and food. The usual long weekend shenanigans … oh yes, and of course an Easter egg hunt.

My brother, husband and I are all adults … I get it – there really are no kids nearby … but that’s why our Easter egg hunts are AMAZING!!

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Some years we switch things up a bit, and we hide Easter chocolates for our parents to find … SO FREAKING HILARIOUS … not so fun, is finding week old chocolates in random places ( maybe a surprise in disguise to be honest). I thought since you’ll probably get your chocolate fix through Cadbury mini eggs … SERIOUSLY HOW ARE THESE SO ADDICTIVE … I’ve eaten the weight of a small child, in eggs in the last …. 24 hours – I’d say sorry … my tummy ache is making me say sorry … but it was sooooo good.

And still, easter isn’t the same without a little carrot cake .. and what’s dinner without dessert.

It’s a Carrot cake and cheese cake mish-mosh … and it’s so cute!!


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This was supposed to be a jelly-roll sort of cake … buuuttt … I wanted cute bunnies. I’m also super scared of rolling a cake .. what if it cracks … what if the cake isn’t all the same thickness… seriously, too much stress for a dessert.

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 I’m so happy with the way these squares came out – they’re delicious, pretty and technically 2 desserts in one – WINNING!!

 Linzer Speculaas Carrot Cake Bunny Squares

 Speculaas Carrot Cake Layer

  •  3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon powder
  • 3/4 cup flour + 1 tsp for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup crushed Biscoff or Speculaas cookies ( approx 3 cookies)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots

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Cheesecake layer

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1 tsp of flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, sugars, oil, vanilla extract and coconut extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, ginger, all spice, cinnamon, cardamom, 3/4 cup flour and crushed Speculaas cookies.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until blended — stir in carrots.
  5. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely — approximately 30 min. This is  the best time to make the cheesecake layer.

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  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  2. Once your cake layer has cooled, taking your favourite cookie cutter ( I used a bunny) make cut outs, leaving 1 inch of cake between each.
  3. Remove the center of each of your cutouts ( helllloooo snack time!!)
  4. Layer your cheesecake batter over entire pan – filling in our bunny cutouts.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour / overnight.
  6. Once set, turn over onto a clean surface and slice.

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I hope everyone has a delicious, safe Easter Long Weekend!!