Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Carrot Cake Day Recipe; Not Quite

I so wanted to post a recipe from a recipe book devoted to Carrot Cake today because, I hear it's Carrot Cake Day! Due to circumstances beyond my control, that didn't happen. Oh well, doesn't this Graham Cream Layer Cake remind you of Carrot Cake at first glance? I may be grabbing at straws here but I think it does. 

The recipe comes from 50 Delicious Desserts a book published by The National Biscuit Company in 1938. You may not be familiar with The National Biscuit Company, but I bet you've heard the name Nabisco! N.B.C. or The National Biscuit Company, according to the Kraft website, had its beginnings in 1792. I suppose this claim has a crumb of accuracy when you consider the conglomeration of companies that eventually formed Nabisco. I'm not up to untangling the corporate blend of companies whose first successful product was Uneeda Biscuits. However, I would like to share the inner contents of this booklet so you get an idea of the products offered by the National Biscuit Company in 1938.

Graham Cream Layer Cake
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
2/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
25 N.B.C Graham Crackers
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whipped cream
Cream butter and sugar together. Add beaten egg yolks, milk, salt, and beat well. Crush crackers fine, and mix with baking powder and add to first mixture. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans; vanilla and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into two greased 8-inch layer cake tins, and bake in a moderate oven 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Fill and top cake with whipped, sweetened and vanilla flavored cream and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

It wouldn't be fair to celebrate Carrot Cake Day with out actually including a few carrot cake recipes especially if they are carrot cake cupcakes! Happy Carrot Cake Day!

1. The Quintessential Orange Cupcake @ Veronica's Test Kitchen

2. Carrot Coconut Cupcakes @ Treat A Week Recipes

3. Carrot Cake Cupcakes @ Taste & Tell

4. The Best Carrot Cake (and a helpful tidbit!) @ Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats

FYI: Both the CDC and Web Holidays say tomorrow is National Stuffed Mushroom Day! Web Holidays has a recipe

1. National Biscuit Company (brief history from The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago)
2. Mallomar Day
3. Happy Birthday Oreo!
4. Quick Links: Carrot Cake Day 2010 (includes "real" Carrot Cake recipes:)