7 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C. powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 C. creme fraiche or sour cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the
cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar on high speed for about 3 minutes.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix another 2
minutes, until the frosting is light and fluffy. (The frosting can be made up to
two days in advance.)
La Brea Carrot Raisin Baby Cakes
1/2 C. coarsely chopped walnuts
2 T. unsalted butter, melted for brushing the pan
1 1/2 C. unbleached pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
1 3/4 t. baking powder
1 1/4 t. baking soda
1 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 t. ground ginger
Just under 1/2 t. ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 C. light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 extra-large eggs
1 T. pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 t. grated fresh ginger
3/4 C. plus 1 T. vegetable oil
2 1/2 C. grated peeled carrots
1/4 C. crushed pineapple, well-drained
1/2 C. California golden raisins
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 325°F.
Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10-12
minutes, or until lightly browned. Prepare 12 mini-loaf pans by brushing them
with melted butter.
Turn the oven up to 350°F. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder,
baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice and cloves
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the
sugar and eggs on medium-high for 10 minutes, until lightened in color. Add the
vanilla extract and grated ginger and mix on medium to combine. Add the dry
ingredients and the oil alternately, in three batches, mixing on low until just
Fold in the carrots, pineapple, walnuts, and California golden raisins. Fill a
pastry bag with the batter. Pipe the batter into the prepared mini-loaf pans.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes, until lightly browned and springy to the touch.
Remove from oven. Allow cooling for about 10 minutes, and then turn the cakes
out of the mini-loaf pans to finish cooling.
Makes 12 cakes.
Source: Nancy Silverton, Campanile