Hi, my name is Norma Ortiz, I live in a small town right in the middle of New Mexico. I’m married, (almost 50 years) whoa!!, the mother of two sons, one daughter in law, and 4 wonderful grandkids, 2 boys and 2 girls.
I haven’t been decorating cakes very long, but I really love doing it. The frustration is bad sometimes, but I seem to keep on going and everything works out. I’m just a hobby baker, baking for family and friends, and the church, but hopefully will get started in a business soon. I can get a lot of my supplies at Walmart near here, or in Albuquerque, but I do order an awful lot. Sometimes it’s hard to have to wait for stuff, but we all know that’s part of the fun.
This year has been unusually wet, humid and hot, which of course, plays havoc with fondant. I had my fondant slip on two cakes, just could not keep it on. That was a disaster, but somehow it got fixed.
I enjoy decorating cakes, (baking to a lesser extent), reading, spending time with my little grandson, gardening and sitting out on my new porch. Just wish I could decorate out there, but oh well, can’t have everything.
Thank you to God, to Sharon, the staff at SugarEd, and all the members of SugarEd Productions for all the help. I could not do it without you.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
I tsp salt
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated carrots
1 ½ cups chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs and vegetable oil and mix well, add carrots and pecans.
Pour into three 9-inch round greased, floured pans. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, place on wax paper, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
One 8-oz package cream cheese
8 tablespoons (l stick) butter
One 16-oz box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped pecans
Combine all ingredients except for nuts and beat until fluffy, add nuts.
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