Friday, March 25, 2011

Chocolate Carrot Cake and a Palm Shortening Giveaway

Half birthdays are a big deal around here. 

My mom celebrated mine.  And I have passed the tradition on, with a little help from my mommy still. 


Half a birthday card, half a dollar (in coins), half an envelope, half a piece of cake . . . you get it. 

But since becoming granola . . . one that that I have missed is icing to top off all of the celebratory food. 

Christmas Vacation 038

Real icing.  Thick.  Rich.  Smooth.  Creamy.

Enter:  Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening.

Exit:  Crisco

Equals:  a happy Jodi . . . and cinnamon rolls with icing . . . .  and birthday cakes with loads of icing . . . and a few non-granola sprinkles. 


Anyone got a substitute for that?

But I digress . . . half-birthdays . . .

You see . . . Ezra’s 1/2 birthday kind of slipped by us this year . . . so we had a pretend 1/2 birthday celebration last week complete with cake, a special lunch, 1/2 of a present, and seeing slightly over 1/2 of his grandparents. 

To top all the fun off . . . he wanted . . .

Chocolate Carrot Cake

(I didn’t know it existed.  But it does.)


  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly ground sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


It is possible to have siblings help you create this moist and dense cake.  Just be in a patient mood.

I mean . . . have a lot of patience -- especially if you put a child in charge of grating the carrots. 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, honey and coconut oil.
  2. Pour water over the mixture.
  3. Set aside, preferably out of reach of your dog’s long tongue or a hungry husband walking through the room who knows where the spatulas reside.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add to the carrot mixture; mix well.
  6. Pour batter into a lightly oiled 8" glass or stone square pan.
  7. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.

Now for the frosting . . .


Here is where I might disappoint you . . . I don’t have a recipe.  I just create.  Like an artist – a kitchen artist (doesn’t that sound glorious?!)

Don’t shoot me all of you who like to cool EXACTLY. 


  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup palm shortening
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa (I use Dutch-pressed from Frontier)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


This is easy . . . mix it to the taste and consistency you like. 


Want to win some

Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening? 

It is a must in my kitchen! (I wonder if I can use it on the GAPS diet?)

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Contest ends March 31, 2011 at Midnight

Author's Note: I was given this product to review from Tropical Traditions, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine unless otherwise noted.

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