Pineapple Carrot Cake

By: Mike Larsen
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Egg
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 8 ounces can crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Sift flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt together.  In large bowl beat eggs.  Add oil, buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add flour mixture.  Mix well.  Add pineapple, carrots, coconut and nuts.  Mix well.  Pour into oven, coated with shortening and floured.  Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Prepare glaze.
Glaze: 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon corn syrup 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons vanilla Combine and boil for 1 minute.
When cake is done pour over cake while hot.  Cool completely.  Frost.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup softened butter
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon orange peel
1 teaspoon orange juice Combine butter and cream cheese.
Add remaining ingredients.  Beat until thick and smooth.  Frost cake.
Garnish with carrot curls, thin orange twists, and/or mint leaves.

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2013 Dutch oven Contest


The contestants were given:

Roast beef




Bell pepper

Anaheim pepper

Jalapeno pepper




First Place Main Dish


Team Name:    Goetz from Sandy, Utah


Rendezvous Enchiladas


Grind beef roast into coarse ground meat. Make marinade out of blended tomato, peppers, onion, & chili powder, cumin, & salt & pepper, & water.


Grind large potato & mix with ground meat & seasonings. Let sit for 30 minutes. Brown ground meat mixture in Dutch Oven.


Make fresh salsa by chopping together tomato, peppers, onion, garlic, lemon juice, & salt & pepper.


Make creamy sauce by melting butter (1/2 stick) and cook in ¼ cup flour, slowly stir in milk until it becomes a creamy gravy. Add 1 Cup sour cream, stirring gradually at low heat.


Grate cheese. To make enchiladas – Take large flour tortillas spread with creamy sauce, then meat, then salsa, then cheese and bake at 350° for ½ hour until bubbly.


Garnish with peppers, onions, olives, & even a carved turnip.



Second Place Main Dish


Team Name:    Jodi Larsen from North Ogden, Utah


Shredded Beef Quinoa with Pico de Gallo


medium beef roast                                         2 cups cooked quinoa

3-4 slices of bacon                                          shredded cheese

large onion                                                      large tomato

large russet potato, cubed                              ½ small green bell pepper

turnip, cubed                                                   ½ anaheim pepper

1 tsp. minced ginger                                       ¼ jalepeno pepper

1 Tbsp. chopped garlic                                    chopped cliantro

¾ cup red wine vinegar                                  salt & pepper

1 tsp. cumin

½ tsp. chili powder




  1. Cut beef into 1-2 inch cubes. Place in the Dutch Oven (I used a 12). Add 2/3 of the onion in separated slices on and around the beef and place bacon slices on top of the onion. Add the minced ginger, chopped garlic, red wine vinegar, cumin, chili powder and salt & pepper to taste. Cook with medium heat for 1-2 hours until beef is tender enough to shred. There should be around a cup of liquid in the pot.
  2. When the beef is close to being done, add the potato and the turnip. Continue cooking until they are soft.
  3. When the beef is very tender. Remove it from the pot & shred. (Note: I didn’t have time for the beef to get that tender, so I just sliced it into thin strips.) Also, remove the potato/turnip mixture, but leave the liquid.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa to the bottom of the pot and spread evenly. There should be enough fluid to be mixed through the quinoa, but not so much that it’s soupy, remove and discard some if needed, I didn’t need to. (Note: I would have used rice if I had it with me. I didn’t, but I had the quinoa. Also, I had already cooked the quinoa at home, but I’m thinking if you added some beef broth or other liquid, you could add the quinoa or rice at the same time you add the potato & turnip. If you make your own beef broth at home, it would still meet the ‘No canned or processed Food’ rule.
  5. Layer the potato/turnip mixture on top of the quinoa & then the shredded beef. Don’t stir. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  6. Make the pico de gallo by chopping the tomato, onion, and peppers (at approximately the same size) and season with salt & pepper and mix together.  Put the pico de gallo in the center of the pot on top of the beef & garnish with chopped cilantro.
  7. Rush it over to the judging site & hope you’re not late!

Third Place Main Dish


Team Name:    Vicki Ewen from Wichita Falls, Texas


Dutch Oven New Mexico Stew



1 C. cornmeal

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

2 lbs. boneless roast beef, cubed

3 cloves minced garlic

3 C. water

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 can pinto beans

4 stalks celery, sliced

1 C. chopped onion

1 small turnip, diced

2 lg. potatoes, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

3 jalapeno, diced

3 sweet peppers, diced

1 C. corn


Coat diced beef with cornmeal, salt & pepper mix. Brown coated meat in Dutch Oven with oil and garlic. Add water and simmer in Dutch Oven for 30 min. Add vegetables, tomatoes, beans, peppers, celery, onions, potatoes. Cook in Dutch Oven until vegetables are tender. Approximately 1 hour.


First Place Dessert


Team Name:    Doug Hall from Taylor, Utah


Reese’s Carmel Chocolate Chip Cake


White Cake


1 C. sugar                                            ½ C. butter

2 eggs                                                  2 t. vanilla extract

1 ½ C. flour                                         1 ¾ t. baking powder

½ C. milk


In medium bowl cream sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs. Stir vanilla. Combine flour & baking powder. Add to cream mixture & mix well until the batter is smooth.


Take sweetened condensed milk, boil for 6 hours. Cool & then pour over the cake. Sprinkly with chocolate & peanut butter chips. Bake for 40 minutes.




Second Place Dessert


Team Name:    Tom Lusk from Mount Pleasant, Utah


Raspberry Enchilada


Wrap raspberries, white chocolate chips & chocolate chips in a tortilla shell.


Fry in butter to melt chocolate.


Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon sugar.


Serve warm.

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