Oh, we can do recipes here. There are no rules. Now that’s settled, let’s move on. Friday was Sharon’s last day of high school … apparently there’s some ceremony next week where I have to sit in the sun and watch kids in robes walk around and stuff, so I bought a cute straw hat for this. But I heard that people actually give kids graduation gifts also, not sure why (shouldn’t the kids be giving their moms gifts for putting up with them all these years?), so I got Sharon a funny card that plays The Lion Sleeps Tonight (since it’s a “jungle out there”) and a lemon cupcake candle. Think this is too extravagant? I hate spoiling my girls.
Then I decided to bake a cake, as this seemed like a festive occasion, and besides … cake! Since Sharon likes to be healthy, I figured carrot cake would be good, so I picked up a box mix. But that seemed too boring, so I grabbed a bag of coconut, a package of golden raisins, and a can of pineapple. I used the pineapple juice instead of the water the mix called for, but added like 1/2 cup more, since I was putting extra solid stuff in there. Makes sense, right? Then I dumped in around a cup of coconut, or thereabouts. Same with raisins. Use golden — regular raisins remind me of bugs. I know peeps like nuts in carrot cake, but I don’t, so no nuts. Dates are good though, but I skipped ’em this time. I also threw in a whole bunch of cinnamon, dunno how much sorry. A big bunch, if that helps. Frosted it all up with cream cheese frosting straight outta the can and used a boatload of sprinkles. Gotta have sprinkles or it’s not festive!
Delicious! OK, to be 100% honest (just this once, don’t expect me to make a habit of it), the bottom got an eensy bit burnt. I hate electric ovens. Hate. Probably left it in one minute too long (that’s what she said). Use the directions for the 13×9 pan, go up to the max time minus a minute or two. Check constantly with toothpick.
My daughters had mediocre reviews of this concoction. Sharon: “It’s complicated, I’ll give you that. A fruit medley.” Diane: “It’s too tropical, but the frosting saves it.”
Everyone else: “This cake is great!”