Carrot Cake

 

Carrot cake is a perennial favorite of young and old alike. The surprising sweetness of the tiny bits, mixed in with the slightly spicy cake and often topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting, make this a dessert that almost everyone loves. 

There are a few variations to the standard recipe, but most involve wheat flour, brown sugar, and sometimes nuts or raisins. Of course, grated carrots are a must. The batter is spiced with cinnamon, and some bakers include more adventurous spices like nutmeg and cloves. While cream cheese frosting perfectly complements the delectable cake, a plain vanilla frosting can really allow your creation’s delicate spices to shine. 

In Medieval Europe, puddings featuring the vegetable were a common dish. Many food historians believe that they were the predecessors of the mouth-watering treat we enjoy today. Used at that time as an inexpensive sweetener, today we enjoy the unique taste that these vegetables bring to our dessert plates. 

From humble beginnings as a mashed dessert served in pastry to the elegantly decorated artistic creations of today, this wonderful goody has evolved into a staple of American dessert cuisine. 

Here are two delicious recipes -- try them yourself and see why they rank among our favorites! 

This recipe has eight ingredients and the baking time is 45 minutes, while this recipe has 12 ingredients and takes 50-60 minutes to bake. 

Do you want your home to smell like you just baked the delicious dessert pictured above? It's easy to do with gourmet candles like you will see if you click here or click on the picture above.     

To see a couple more mouth-watering pictures, check out this page and especially this one

While it’s difficult to find a blog dedicated just to this subject, there are several random blog entries singing the praises of the venerable sweet on the Web.

 



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