14 March 2012

Carrot Cake Pie {Pi Day Blog Hop}

It's here! It's finally here!

It's Pi Day! It's Pi Day! Yippee it's 3/14, Pi Day!

Seriously people, I look forward to this day all year long.

If you read my post last year on Pi Day, you'd already know I'm crazy. But so many of you are new (hi new friends!) so you really have no idea how big of a dork I am.

Let me make a list for you, shall I?

I once had a license plate that read I TCH PI. It is now hanging in my office (well, it will be once I get off my butt and paint in here).

I do math problems for fun. Yes, my idea of fun is getting out my high school geometry text book (yes, I own a copy; that was a very happy day when I found it at Goodwill) and doing proofs.

Essentially, I'm saying that doing proofs relaxes me.

Since I'm too cheap to spend $30 on a t-shirt from Zazzle, I made my own Pi shirt last year. I'll be wearing it again today. I wanted to make a Pi googley eye headband, but thought that might be too much.

My personal email? Has 314 in it.

Whenever I have to pick a number for any reason? You guessed it, I choose 314.

You could say I'm a teensy bit obsessed.

Is it weird that it makes me sad that I have to wait until the third grade before Jordan learns about Pi in school? Where I can offer to bring pies for snack and the kids will understand what the heck I'm doing?

Usually we have pizza for dinner on Pi Day.  Because it's round. (And yummy. And the perfect dinner for a rainy night when softball is cancelled.)

This year, because I'm the hospitality person for the PTC, I'm bringing the teachers pie. Lots of pies. Big pies, little pies, whoopie pies.  But not this carrot cake pie. No, that was for me my friends.

I found a recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies and thought it would make an awesome pie. Then I topped it with white chocolate cream cheese frosting to make it even awesomer. And oh. My. GOD.

Totally worthy of a Pi Day post. Totally. Like eat-two-huge-slices worthy.

And totally blog hop worthy too. Because today is a special occasion. And I'm celebrating with a Pi Day Pie Blog Hop with some other awesome bloggers who may or may not be wearing a Pi t-shirt too. (I think I may be the only crazy one of us in the bunch.)

Check out these other super delicious pies that are being posted today!

Amaretto-Cherry / Brandied Apple with Cheddar Cheese Crumb by Bake it with Booze

Hey, is it 1:59 yet?

Carrot Cake Pie

by Crazy for Crust (Adapted from A Stool at the Counter and The Cake Book)
Keywords: carrot cake pie
    For the Pie
    • 1 premade pie crust (or your favorite recipe)
    • 1 cup flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    For the Frosting
    • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
    • 5 ounces cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • ¾ cup powdered sugar
    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Line a 9” pie plate with the premade crust, crimping the edges. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
    3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a medium bowl.
    4. Cream together butter and sugar with a mixer. Stir in eggs and vanilla until just combined.
    5. Stir dry ingredients into wet until just combined. Fold in carrots.
    6. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake 25-30 minutes until the top is set and a toothpick comes out with only crumbs clinging to it. (If your crust starts to get too dark, cover it with strips of aluminum foil.) Let cool before frosting.
    7. To make the frosting: melt white chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring in between each, until melted. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 tablespoon butter with a mixer until creamy. Beat in melted white chocolate. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat slowly until combined. Use a 1M tip to frost around the edges and in the center, or just frost the entire top of the pie (which is what I will do next time).
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    Oh, and this post is extra special, besides it being Pi Day and the blog hop and all that. I submitted this recipe idea to Foodbuzz and they selected me as one of the bloggers to participate in the Spring Recipe Program with Frigidaire! So I need to add this little tidbit, for your reading enjoyment ('cuz momma could really use that new double oven that fits two turkeys!):

    This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you check out Suzanne Goin's springtime recipes at www.maketimeforchange.com, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children's U.S. programs. Plus, you'll be entered for a chance to win the new Frigidaire Range with SymmetryTM Double Ovens – featuring two large ovens (that can each fit up to a 28 pound turkey!), providing the flexibility to cook multiple dishes at the same time at different temperatures, so you can get more on the table at the same time.

    So go enter to win that oven y'all! Who doesn't need double ovens? You could be able to make all those pies in the blog hop all at the same time!

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    At March 14, 2012 at 3:13 AM , Blogger Aimee said...

    I can feel your excitement from here (and I have to admit I will not be wearing a pi t-shirt). However, I'm happy to hop with pie anytime!!! Carrot Cake Pie looks delicious!

    At March 14, 2012 at 3:47 AM , Blogger Jocelyn said...

    haha! I can honestly say I am not one of the few who are crazy for PI, but give me a slice of your Carrot Cake Pie and that just might make me do cartwheels for math!!! It looks absolutely yummy!!! (sorry no PI shirt here either:-)

    At March 14, 2012 at 5:17 AM , Blogger Kara said...

    Oh wow, that's a lot of love for math! I'm the absolute worst at math and am kinda glad I don't really use it too much anymore. Sorry for the sad truth! Not a darn thing wrong with celebrating Pi day though! Perhaps I'll throw a quick pie together for my coworkers before leaving!

    At March 14, 2012 at 5:48 AM , Blogger CookieCrazedMama said...

    Wow! I've never heard of Carrot Cake Pie...this is the kind of pie my husband could get into! I love this day, we all need more PI/PIE in our lives!

    At March 14, 2012 at 5:52 AM , Blogger Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

    wow you really are a geek. I love it! and this pie, who'd a thought??? well you of course! I love carrot cake so this intrigues me. thanks for creating PI day and letting me apart of it!

    At March 14, 2012 at 5:59 AM , Blogger Cookin' Cowgirl said...

    :) You are so funny. I have never heard of carrot cake pie....I'm jumping up and down inside. I will FOR sure have to make this! Not a huge pie fan, but carrot cake is my FAVORITE thing in the world! Thanks for sharing!

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:02 AM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

    Dorothy! Congrats on being selected at Foodbuzz. THAT'S a BIG deal! This is such an interesting recipe and post....you are funny for sure. When I did a presentation for a high school Life Skills class last year, at Halloween time, I saw a boy wearing an orange hoodie with a 'pi' symbol hanging on the front...he was a Pumpkin Pi of course. =) I can't stand math...but some folks gotta do it. Bless you!

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Hayley said...

    You know how I feel about carrot cake... AND math... but I still love you and think you're awesome. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about carrot cake anymore since A) this cake is actually a giant blondie and B) the piping looks amazing and C) it's a giant blondie, piped with frosting, stuffed in a pie shell. So I think carrot cake and I COULD BE alright now. I may even want a giant slice or two like you said! Now if you could get me to like my polynomial long division and factoring as much, I'd be really happy :) thanks again for rounding all us chicks up for an awesome bloghop!! I had so much fun!

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Robin @ Bird On A Cake said...

    Sounds like the perfect day for you...pie and Pi! I would not remember high school geometry with love, but I did just pull out my college Cell Biology book the other day. :0) I wonder what day there is for us science geeks?

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Sue said...

    Wow, I see that you really ARE crazy about crust! What a fantastic idea for a pie! I actually LOVED geometry too:) Enjoy YOUR day, and best of luck with winning the double oven! Boy, wouldn't I love that:) Woo hoo for your recipe being chosen, Dorothy!

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Mindie Hilton said...

    This sounds incredible!

    At March 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

    I'm giggling over here! You are hilarious...Congrats on the Spring Recipe Program! Yay! And yay for pi(e)!

    At March 14, 2012 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Anita Stafford said...

    Congratulations! This recipe sounds wonderful, I love carrot cake so of course I will love the pie!

    At March 14, 2012 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Meg @ Sweet Twist said...

    Very interesting. Sounds delicious!!

    At March 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

    I don't want to dash your hopes, but even as a 4th grade teacher I think I only have one teeny lesson on Pi at the end of the year. I'm not sure if Jordan will get it in 3rd grade! This does look like the perfect Easter dessert :) Thanks for hosting!

    At March 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM , OpenID astoolatthecounter said...

    A couple of things...
    1. First off thank you so much for the shout out! This pie looks amazing!
    2. I am kind of crushing on your blog. LOVE it. :)
    3. You are never ever aloud to have a conversation (unlikely as it may be) with my Hubs. He too is a math nerd (he tells weird math "jokes" that I don't get...), and I am afraid you guys might become BFF's lol.

    At March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    How can I thank you for sharing this? WOW! I will have to buy you coffee or something:)THANK YOU SO MUCH

    At March 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

    I love EVERYTHING about this pie!!! Perfectly yummy! And I loved doing proofs in Geometry, too...my kids thought I was nuts when I told them that :)

    At March 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM , Blogger cupsbykim said...

    This is awesome! And I love reading your posts, hilarious! So glad you shared, and is love for you to share this at my link party this weekend!

    At March 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM , Blogger cupsbykim said...

    This is awesome! And I love reading your posts, hilarious! So glad you shared, and is love for you to share this at my link party this weekend!

    At March 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

    Yeah...I took advanced placement calculus my senior year of high school, and to this day, I STILL hate math. I do like pie, though, and this carrot cake pie looks AWESOME!

    At March 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Ellen said...

    I've got my fingers crossed on the oven!! Thanks again for Pi Day and sharing all this with us. :) Oh, and I'll be over for pie!

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Simple Girl said...

    Hi Dorothy! Happy Pi Day to you, too! This Carrot Cake Pie looks delicious! And Unique! Thanks for hosting your party every week!

    Rachel@ Simple Girl

    At March 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Jennifer | Mother Thyme said...

    When I saw this recipe in my email earlier I about fell off my chair and wanted to run into my kitchen to make this! I have been on a carrot cake kick lately so I would love to dive into a slice of this goodness now! This looks amazing!

    At March 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Shay said...

    This looks delicious! I love frosting with cream cheese.

    At March 15, 2012 at 4:50 AM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

    This looks AMAZING!

    er... I mean... I don't like carrot cake... ?

    At March 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

    I cannot wait to try this! I love pie and I love carrot cake, so what's not to love about this recipe?!

    At March 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Shirley said...

    I would have paid you to do my proofs in high school! I'm not math-inclined at all. That said, this is a really cool idea for a pie. Never thought of turning carrot cake into a pie.

    At March 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Dip It In Chocolate said...

    Ok, THANK YOU! I love Pi day! It is not a holiday for dorks. (However unlike you I am completely abysmal at math. Counting on my fingers daily... that happens.)

    This looks yummy AND super springy.

    At March 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Rebecca @ Time to Organize said...

    Saw you over at real housewives of riverton. your blog makes me hungry! i am so your newest follower!

    At March 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Jelli said...

    This looks great! What a great new twist on carrot cake.

    At March 16, 2012 at 4:57 AM , Blogger The Cookinglady said...

    I'm very excited for you congrats. I love the twist you put on the pie. Looks really yummy!

    At March 16, 2012 at 6:11 AM , Blogger MM said...

    Visiting from Foodie Friday.
    Carrot cake pie is a great idea--never heard of it. But I like it!

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Pi Day is the fun way to do math. Algebra? Isn't. :) Thanks so much for reading!

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Mine too! And, yes, the more pie the better! :) Thanks for reading!

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    And I'm proud of it! :) Thanks so much for joining in on Pi day Karen. :)

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    I hope you enjoy it! I googled it a bunch and nothing came up, so I put it together from recipes I had. Thanks so much for reading!

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thank you Hayley! It sure is a big blondie, it just happens to have carrots in it. And, it's PIE. :) Thanks so much for joining the hop, and good luck with the polynomial long division. My brain seized up for a minute when I read that.

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thank you!

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...


    At March 16, 2012 at 7:23 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Of course! I saw your recipe and new it would be a perfect fit for this pie. And thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment! I love math jokes, but usually I'm the only one that thinks they are funny. :)

    At March 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL! I hated calculus. Pie is always better! :)

    At March 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Rose said...

    Wow that looks to good I want to take a bite right now. I'm happy to find your wonderful blog. I'm your newest follower threw GFC and Linky. I hope you can find the time to come over to me little blog and follow me too. @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    I hope to see there

    At March 18, 2012 at 5:00 AM , Blogger Jenny Melrose said...

    You are too funny! I love that you have a secret obsession aside from baking. The carrot pie sounds delicious and I love the cream cheese frosting around the ouside. Thank you for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family. I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week.

    At March 19, 2012 at 5:07 AM , Blogger Winnie said...

    My family love carrot cakes and I've never tried to make carrot pie - it's a great idea!
    Your pie looks just beautiful - very elegant, and I love that

    At March 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Clairejustine said...

    Sounds wonderful,thanks for linking this yummy treat up to Creative Mondays :)

    At March 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Christine said...

    Everything you make looks wonderful!!!! I must try this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

    At March 20, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Bizzy B. Bakes said...

    There is no way, I was not going to feature this. It follows me around, telling me to make one, also. I will do that, as soon as I have time, and I can hardly wait. It is being featured, this week, at Bake with Bizzy. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    At March 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM , Blogger FeauxCajun said...

    From one dorky baker to another, this is a FABULOUS Pi Day tribute. I looooove carrot cake, so I cannot wait to try this!
    Found your blog via Live.Laugh.Rowe & would love if you could visit mine as well! Following you now! (...never sounds less creepy. *sigh*)

    At March 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

    Pinning again! This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

    At March 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thank you! And I know what you mean. I always wonder when I'll be labelled a stalker. :)

    At March 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Six Sisters said...

    Wow, this looks so good. Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll come back next week! -The Sisters

    At March 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Addicted to Recipes said...

    Looks delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes! Hope to see you at the next link party, starting Sunday!


    At March 24, 2012 at 3:09 AM , Blogger Polkadot-pretties said...

    Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!
    I hope you will stop by and link up another great project http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_24.html
    Claire xox

    At March 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Kaylee said...

    This looks amazing! I am going to pin this so I can make it for hubby soon. He loves anything carrot cake related!


    At March 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Oh, so does mine. He's normally so good about not eating sweets, but he caved for this! :) Thanks for reading and I hope you both enjoy.

    At March 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM , OpenID sallysbakingaddiction.com said...

    oh my goodness Dorothy how did i miss this recipe before?!?! this carrot cake pie looks AMAZING! my dad loves carrot cake and his bday is coming up. bet he would go nuts over this! :)


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