Welcome to my Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe! It had been quite some time since my gluten-intolerant husband indulged in a slice of cake (you may recall I came up with this flourless chocolate one for him last year). So I developed this gluten-free Mini Carrot Cake Recipe as a holiday treat, and he highly approves.
With all the cherries and red, it may have you thinking cherry cake, but this mini layered yum is CARROT CAKE since he requested it, and I wasn’t feelin an orange carrot tablescape.
Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe
I surprised my husband with this treat on Saturday evening, decorating the table with what I had on hand.
He had volunteered to work outside in the freezing cold all day with a friend, cutting down dead trees.
See it live here…
Who could you make this for?
Exhausted and about as sore as one could possibly feel after wrangling a chainsaw til sundown, he came home to a comforting chili dinner and this dessert on the table with candlelight.
I’ll share the sources for my super simple “cherry Christmas” tablescape as well in case you’d like to create something similar.
BTW, if you have never made a homemade cake, don’t be scared off by the recipe–it’s very simple.
The challenge is figuring out how long to bake it as my experience with gluten free batters proves it is hard to know!
The first time I made this, it baked in the oven only 20 minutes, but the next time, it was for 27 minutes.
So 20-30 minutes may sound like a crazy range, but your geographical location and oven paired with the mystery of gluten-free properties warrants this necessary window.
No need to keep it gluten free!
You can also make this with regular ol’ flour–you’ll just have to increase the amount of flour to 1 3/4 cups.
Mini Carrot Cake Recipe
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup gluten free flour (or 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour for non-gluten free cake)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup corn oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups carrots, grated
1/4 cup sour cream
Cream Cheese Frosting: Mix together 4 oz. whipped cream cheese, 4 Tbs softened butter, 16 oz. powdered sugar (I buy the box so no measuring), 2 tsp vanilla, and small spoonfuls of milk or cream to bring it to desired consistency.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray 2 six inch cake pans with nonstick spray.
- Place them on a baking sheet that accommodates both pans.
- Mix together first 7 ingredients in large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla,and milk. Blend til smooth.
- Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir until combined.
- Fold in grated carrots and sour cream.
- Divide batter between prepared pans.
- Bake in center of oven until set, approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place pans directly in freezer to cool completely. Make cream cheese frosting while cake layers cool.
- Frost and enjoy.
The Process & The Goods
The cake pans I use for this mini carrot cake measure 6″ across and 2″ high. Buy them RIGHT HERE.
This is excellent for my baking. Find it HERE.
Gather Your Ingredients
Make Your Batter
Get Ready to Bake!
Remove From Oven & Place in Freezer
While the cake is in freezer, make the frosting.
Remove to Platter & Get Frosting
Here is the bottom layer (on a wood slice platter) placed rounded side down. Spread on frosting, then top with second layer and frost as desired.
Swedish Wood Candelabra: HERE.
Wood Slice Platter/Chargers: HERE.
My gold advent candle wreath is vintage Target – see options HERE.
I picked up the lemony cypress tree from Home Depot. The pot is a ceramic utensil crock…see options HERE.
Find vintage English marmalade jars HERE.
The faux cherries are so much fun and won’t leave any stains! Find the exact ones HERE.
The Joyeux Noel pretty towel is from Urban Farmgirl.
Find rustic wood candleholders HERE.
My 8″ Lenox Holiday china salad plates with holly are vintage, and you can find a brand new set of 6 like these, encircled with 24 karat gold HERE.
Find a set of 36 small, clear glass unscented candles HERE.
Is there a more gorgeous arrangement of this classic?
Thanks for playing along and baking with me on a lovely December Saturday. Do visit more holiday themed posts for inspiration and cheer.
When I spied a few of the slashed prices on a few beautiful Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture pieces online, they were too enticing not to share. I have gathered a collection of awesomely priced furniture finds I thought you design savvy bargain shoppers might particularly whistle at. The furniture and decor pieces fall under the category of traditional design style while they also reflect a casual, unfussy, neutral mood.
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Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture
Should you not be in the market for any of these traditional pieces, join me at the finish line for something special…a different flavor of CLASSIC… very special musical artist whom I idolized as a young girl talks about no longer performing.
One of My Favorite White Slipcovered Sofas of All Time!
For starters, I noticed one of my favorite sofas (a white slipcovered beauty) went on sale. FYI, this particular sofa goes out of stock regularly.
This Fairchild sofa is the very same one designer Sarah Richardson chose for her rustic media room in her family’s own home in Ontario.
The sofa easily works with rustic decor as well as with more elegant pieces in a French country style space:
Is This the Wood Side Table You’ve Been Searching For?
I love the traditional coastal vibe of this sculptural pedestal side table made of solid teak which at only 24″ in diameter will work in small spaces and blend with any number of traditional styles! Teak is so pricey, and if you’re lucky enough to snag this baby when it’s on sale…VICTORY BARGAIN DANCE TIME!
The table comes in additional finishes as well like grey.
Entry, Mud Room, or Anywhere Storage That Only Looks Custom
If you have ever sought a bid for custom built-ins from a carpenter, then you know how expensive any sort of storage unit for books, backpacks, or display can be. Here’s a ready-made option that adds architectural interest and character even as it helps to stow everyday essentials.
A Smart Wall Sconce for Under $40
It’s so interesting to me that frequently I am searching for a fixture which has simple clean lines and a straightforward design, and it’s nowhere to be found in a sea of overly ornate or complicated designs. Here’s an exception.
Here you can see the sconce inverted for a different look:
The sconce’s style is versatile enough to go in any number of spaces like an entry:
Bedroom Furniture Ideas to Inspire
I thought the lines on this upholstered panel bed were graceful and pretty enough to work in a number of bedrooms whether its French country, Belgian, or French Nordic style that rocks your world.
A timeless quilt like this won’t ever fall from favor!
Distressed Washed Oak Finish!
Thank goodness we are beginning to see more of the more natural, scrubbed raw wood look that works so well with more rustically inclined designs and spaces. Here’s an unfussy console table with an attractive metal base that could work in any number of spaces since it is airy and less than 14″ deep.
Spring Color for a Bedroom, Anyone?
I love aqua, and I this bedding with its muted tones, struck me as feeling very French farmhouse and cottage lovely.
Casual Cottage Style Stripes
This chair brought back memories for me! We owned a French country settee for years which was upholstered in what appears to be this exact fabric! And those little cottage style feet! The very same ones on my old settee.
Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: For the Bedroom
A few more pretty bedroom furniture and bedding finds with friendly prices.
Great Coastal and Traditional Lighting Fixture Finds Too!
There are too many plain and ugly dome type flush mount ceiling lights across this country, and a little update may do wonders!
Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Nightstand Ideas
This particular nightstand comes in some interesting painted finishes should you be feeling saucy.
Here’s the champagne option…
And this shade of grey is rather neutral and versatile.
A happy blue could be a cheery pop of color and it need not match the color of existing pieces!
Would you, could you, consider a pretty in pink option?
Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Modern Farmhouse Dining Tables & Sideboard
Here’s a dining table with dimensions which are destined to work in a variety of homes. The extension feature is lovely for holidays.
Classic & Traditional Light Fixture Options
Armchairs in Neutral Hues
Traditional Sofa: Chic, Tufted, and Velvet
Now Here’s a Sectional I Can Live With!
An Interview With Linda Rondstadt, an artist living with Parkinson’s Disease…
I just love her honesty and the thoughts shared about why she never married! Ha! I’m holding Linda in my heart right now and whispering a prayer. Should you also have a moment, let’s lift her up.
If you’re a fan of her music, join me in listening/watching this powerful performance:
That song takes me back!
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