RECIPE: My Favorite Carrot Cake (feat. Cream Cheese Icing and Pecans)

This cake is decadent and so easy to make! I can make this recipe and have a perfectly finished cake and a spotless kitchen in 90 minutes flat! Feel free to substitute walnuts for pecans, either is excellent. (Hint: If you have trouble translating the measurements, a quick Google search is all it takes to translate cups or sticks into grams, etc.)
Cake Ingredients
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Dawn Butler: Cake Airbrush Artist (with Special Thanks)!

Photo courtesy of Dawn Butler

I want to extend a giant, heartfelt thanks to Dawn Butler of Dinkydoodle Designs by Dawn Butler (pictured to the left) for generously sponsoring more than $1,600 worth of prizes in the Peggy Does Cake 75K giveaway earlier this month. If you don’t know Dawn, she’s more than just a benevolent prize donor!

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World Vegetarian Day: Peggy Does Vegetable Garden Strata

Peggy Does Veggies!
October 1st is “World Vegetarian Day” – and since my 15 year old daughter has been a vegetarian since she was 12, we do a LOT of vegetables in this house!
I’m not much of a cooker, but if it goes in the oven… I’m down with it. I won’t be straying from cakes very often on this blog, but I’m excited to share one of my all-time favorite recipes in the universe with you: Summer Garden Strata.

Peggy Does Cake Winners!

Congratulations to my 30K Facebook Fan Appreciation winners!

·        Prize Package #1 – Entry #5913 – Cy A.

·        Prize Package #2 – Entry #9288 – Stephanie W.

·        Prize Package #3 – Entry #5176 – Anna M.

·        Prize Package #4 – Entry #4892 – Elysia S.

·        Prize Package #5 – Entry #1382 – Olivia W.

·        Prize Package #6 – Entry #2585 – Lucie W.

·        Prize Package #7 – Entry #2186 – Tara O.

And a special “thank you” to my giveaway sponsors. This fun giveaway could never have happened without THEM!

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Phew!  That was a mouthful.  Errr handful.  I’m grateful to all who sponsored and all who entered.  Your support means the world to me!

Oven’s on; I’ll be back soon!

~ Peggy

30,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Peggy Does Cake “30,000 Fan Appreciation Giveaway” is underway!



Contest has ended.  Congratulations to our lucky winners (see Rafflecopter widgets below):


Prize Package #1 – Entry #5913 – Cy A.
Prize Package #2 – Entry #9288 – Stephanie W.
Prize Package #3 – Entry #5176 – Anna M.
Prize Package #4 – Entry #4892 – Elysia S.
Prize Package #5 – Entry #1382 – Olivia W.
Prize Package #6 – Entry #2585 – Lucie W.
Prize Package #7 – Entry #2186 – Tara O.


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This prize contains over $400 worth of loot including a 3 month membership in a “Cupcake of the Month” club, custom baked cookies and cake pops from TWO (2) different bakers, “My super power is baking” t-shirt, book entitled “Cupcakes Year Round: 50 Recipes for Every Season and Celebration,” cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks, cupcake corer, sprinkles, and $150 in gift certificates!


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Recipe: Gee’s Apple Dumplings

I got this recipe from my then mother-in-law more than a decade ago.  It’s been a family favorite since the first bite!  I’ve made tons of substitutions over the years and basically every sub has worked (“baking Splenda” for sugar, diet soda, light crescent rolls, half the butter, etc.), but the BEST result is from the following recipe IMHO.  No more comment needed. These things are GOOD.