A Vegetable right?

By popular demand…I am sharing one of my best cake recipes.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

As many people know, I love to cook & bake in my free time. Cooking dinner after a long day of work, not so much. However,  cooking & baking to share with family and friends is a different story. As much fun as the cooking and sharing is the food shopping. Sendik’s, Glorioso’s, Costco and Bay View/ West Allis farmers markets are my favorites.

Another treasure is Sunday morning breakfast with homemade: hot cinnamon rolls, frittatas, broken egg panini’s or waffles, berries and cream. Sunday breakfast is the best because it is the only possible day of the week for a slow morning coffee, conversation, laugh and hot meal start to the day. Guess I have become a foodie of sorts.

This Carrot Cake is one of my family’s favorites for all occasions or non-occasions. We justify this deliciousness by declaring it as the last vegetable in our meal.


The recipe for this 9×9 square double layer cake, goes something like this…


6 eggs

1 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

3 cups of white sugar

4 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp baking soda

4 cups shredded carrots

2 cups flaked coconut

2 cups chopped walnuts

16 ounce crushed pineapple

2 cups raisins

My favorite (John) method for making this cake is using the biggest mixing bowl and wooden spoon I own to mix the batter. It is the most fun cake batter to make because of this classic mixing method.


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. grease and flour two 9×9 square pans.
  • In your biggest mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
  • On top of the dry mixed ingredients add eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla, mix very well with your wooden spoon.
  • Next, add shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
  • With a heavy whisk or wooden spoon, mix all ingredients together very well.
  • Pour into floured square pans then bake at 350 degrees for 1 hours or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool well before frosting.


To make the frosting you will definitely need a mixer. A stand mixer is best.


8 cups of powdered sugar

4- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup (2-sticks) of sweat cream unsalted butter, room temperature

6 tsp of vanilla extract


  • Cream butter and cream cheese together until soft.
  • Add powder sugar slowly.
  • When all combine add vanilla.
  • Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.

Assemble the cakes by adding the cream cheese filling, frost the all sides of the cake. I like to freeze my layer cakes for up to an hour before I frost them. Decorate the top or side with additional chopped walnuts.

This is one of hundreds of techniques I learned  from my Uncle Joe, a retired baker/business owner.  He was the first “Cake Boss” in Kenosha Wisconsin, long before New Jersey’s  Buddy.

Enjoy this recipe and share this cake with your family or friends. It is a vegetable right?

Tutti Mangia!

Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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