Carrot Cake and Beaded Cake Server

19 Jul

Hi everyone!  This past weekend we celebrated Kevin’s birthday.  We had a lot of fun packed into two short (extremely hot) days; I finally feel like I am recovering from the sugar overload.  We had our family over yesterday for birthday cake, cupcakes, brownies, laughs and just good times.  The hit of the get-together was the made from scratch carrot cake-Kevin’s favorite.

carrot cake

How do you like my nutty letters?

Here is what you need to make this delicious cake:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 cups chopped walnuts

And here is what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and dust with flour two 9″ round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in walnuts. Pour equally into prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cake and decorate with remaining nuts.

This recipe is a slight variation of the one found on www.allrecipes.com

Once the cake is made, do you have something cute to serve it with?  Never fear, I am about to show you how to make a custom beaded cake server like this one:

DIY beaded cake server

Gold beaded cake server

I have found that this little cake server is a great gift (birthday, shower, housewarming, hostess, etc).  I made a pretty pink one for my mom a few years back (and she still uses it for every birthday party and/or holiday).  When I gave it to her, I put the server on 4 clear glass dessert plates and tied it with a pink bow.  You can select whatever color beads you want…perhaps you can find dessert plates first, and go from there.  Check out these cute little gnome ones I found at a gift shop the other day:

Gnome plates

Brightly colored gnome plates

These would look so cute with a red and blue server.  Gnomes are almost as cute as owls…

Anyway, let’s get to the instructions:

DIY supplies

Gather your supplies

You will need assorted beads (I just used some gold ones from an inexpensive tub of glass beads), the metal server (got this one at Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99), thick 20 gauge wire, and possibly some jewelry pliers (helps, but not essential)

Bend wire

Place bent wire along back of handle and wrap wire around a couple of times.

Now you are ready for beads!

Add one bead, wrap around back, add another...

And another...and another...

Once you get to the end wrap the wire around a few times and secure it in the back.

What the back looks like...

And there you have it:   A DIY beaded cake server, perfect for gifts or just serving up a beautiful birthday cake!

beaded cake server

Close up of the finished piece

DIY beaded cake server

Gold beaded cake server =)

You can apply this same technique to any type of serving piece.  I have made serving spoons and cheese knives…but the possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Carrot Cake and Beaded Cake Server”

  1. rhonda/bluecrayons August 23, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    interesting and so useful. i like it.

    im rhonda from the made by you mondays.

    • cornerofmain August 23, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      Thanks Rhonda! It’s nice to “meet” you. Thanks for the link-up 🙂

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