I got a letter last Thursday from Kayla. She seems to be enjoying at least a portion of basic training. She complained of all the running they are doing, but the PT isn’t so bad when it comes to push ups, etc. It was a relief to read, for sure. It was a much happier letter this go round. She wrote Kelsie a separate letter, one full of heartfelt sweetness. She had written that she may get a chance to call over the weekend, if they earn one, from their inspection they had last week. No phone call, so I am assuming that the inspection didn’t go so well. It really sucks that it’s one of those things where one person can mess it up for all of them. I know it’s all supposed to be a team effort when it comes to everything, but it’s so not fair. I just have this fear that there is one bad apple, there without a family, who could totally care less about phone calls, so they will fail, just to make the others miss out on earning that call. <— Yea, I think way too into things. It’s a problem that I have.
I really wished she would have been here to have a slice of this carrot cake roll. She loves carrot cake, and I know she would have loved s big slice of this! Of course that means that when she does finally get to come home, sometime this fall, that I’ll have to make this, and so many other things. She did say that the food there was pretty good, but that she misses my cooking. I bet! We are staying at The Navy Lodge, where I believe we have a room with a kitchen. I’m thinking of just making her a good home cooked meal after her graduation, as opposed to going out to eat. I’ll ask her in a letter what she prefers.
Do you see that thick ribbon of cream cheese goodness?! Oh man, Kelsie and I literally scrapped the bowl clean on this one. Don’t let the idea of a roll cake scare you. It’s really quite easy, AND IF, the cake sort of cracks on you, it’s ok, don’t stress. It’s pretty pliable, and can’t be “glued” back together with frosting. Plus when you place it in the fridge to sort of set, it magically puts itself back together. I’m assuming there are like little cake gnomes that live in the fridge that get on their little ladders, and use the frosting to patch it up, from the inside. I mean, we all have gnomes in the fridge right? The ones that eat the food that we thought was in there, but is no longer there. I’ll give you an example…when you thought there was one piece of cake left, but then when you go back to eat that slice, it’s just gone. See..gnomes!
Once you make one cake roll, you’re gonna want to start trying all sorts of recipes, because after all, they are just fun! What other cake do you literally get to play with? Once this one bakes, you turn it out on a tea towel with powdered sugar, and then you get to roll it up. Twice actually. Kelsie really wanted to do it, but since I needed to take photos this time, I told her next time! Honestly, she could have done it. It’s a lot like rolling a burrito up!
Carrot Cake Roll
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- powdered sugar to help with rolling, and to dust on top before serving
- 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan (10"X15") with parchment paper, and spray with non stick cooking spray.
Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
Beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until nice and frothy. Stir in the flour mixture until combined. Fold in the carrots.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven, and spread a tea towel on a clean surface. Sprinkle it all over with powdered sugar, and gently turn the cake out onto the tea towel. Remove the parchment paper, and fold the edge of the towel over the short end of the cake, and begin rolling until it's rolled up. Allow the cake to cool completely in this rolled up state. At least an hour.
When the cake has cooled, prepare the frosting by beating together the cream cheese and butter for at least 2 full minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
Unroll the cake, carefully, and spread the cream cheese filling all over the inside of the cake. Using the tea towel to help you get started, start with the short edge, and begin rolling, slowly, until it's all rolled up. At this point, I usually wrap it in plastic wrap or foil, and place it in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight to help tighten the roll even more. Unwrap, and dust with powdered sugar before serving.