Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 5th and 6th and I love all the festivities surrounding it.  Olive loves horses so I think we'll have a fun, low key Derby party at home this year.  I'm sure she'll want to do some pretend horse races of her own.  I wanted to share some of my favorite Derby recipes with you today so you could get some ideas for  Derby party of your own.

I promised you this carrot cake recipe last week and here it is!  I figured since horses love carrots, it was the perfect treat to include in my Kentucky Derby post.  My whole family loved these and have been requesting I make another batch ASAP.  

Carrot Cake:
1 cup sugar
1/2 c oil
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
1 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
2 cups grated carrots

Combine ingredients starting with the sugar and oil.  Add in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients and fold in carrots.  Bake at 325 for 18-22 minutes or until the cupcakes are set.  Let cool.  You could easily bake this mixture in bread pans, mini bundt pans or as a layer cake.  Cupcakes are just my go to since they bake so quickly.

Recipes Yields: 12 cupcakes

Typically carrot cake is served with cream cheese frosting.  My husband doesn't care for that so I opted to make my Homemade Buttercream instead.  It was delicious on the carrot cake!

Kevin loves to make a good cocktail so it's fun to be his taste tester.  This Blush Lily was a delicious drink that would be perfect for a Derby party.  You can find all the drink details here.

How can you go wrong with a pie that includes chocolate chips and pecans??  You can't!  You can find the recipe here and I just know you'd love it!  I'm definitely planning on making one for my family for our Derby party and serving it with vanilla bean ice cream.

If making a pie sounds intimidating, then these pie bars are for you!  They're really easy and delicious!  You can find my recipe here

What are your plans or traditions for Derby weekend??

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  1. Even though we aren't having a party this year or going to a party, you've given me the idea that I can still have some special food to celebrate the derby while we watch!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. This all looks delicious! Your icing piping is perfect! I am going to pin the pecan recipes since my husband absolutely loves pecan pie! Have a terrific Tuesday!

  3. Those carrot cake cupcakes look so good. Everything does! I need to think about doing a little party for the derby.

  4. Those carrot cake cupcakes look so yummy!! We don't really do anything for the Derby here in MI, but I am loving reading all these posts about it!

  5. This is a day I have never celebrated. But hey, any reason to make yummy treats is a good reason to me. My stomach is literally growling friend.

  6. Sounds fun! I've never thought about celebrating derby day, but kids always love the idea of a mini celebration! Thank you for the yummy recipes!

  7. So fun! I love all the Derby happenings! Off to check out the cocktail!

  8. We just planned a Cinco de mayo fiesta but now I want a derby party!! That blush Lily cocktail sounds so good! And I need to know which icing tip you used to pipe that carrot cake frosting. It's perfect!!

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