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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

Resources
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:)

8 comments:

  1. it sure fooled me ..it does remind me of carrot cake! It sounds delicious!

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  2. wow i had no idea today was carrot cake today!! thanks for linking my blog!

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  3. Now I want carrot cake... you're writing is fantastic. I'm so impressed once more by you talents (they are many). I'm not sure what to do with the award? Still trying to learn the ropes! Love you!

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  4. My mom loves carrot cake! It's one of her favorites.

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  5. Part of the building at Chelsea Market in New York City, I believe was once a location for National Biscuit. The building now has historic status. Although I missed Carrot Cake Day, I did eat a purple carrot salad last night. It would have tasted great with frosting ...

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  6. Hi Veron,
    Thanks for stopping by. I often improvise in the kitchen and I sure think this recipe is a keeper.

    Hi Jamie,
    You are more than welcome. Mark it on the calendar for next year!

    Hi Sweet Kyla,
    I don't know much about this stuff either but I will email you with some tips.

    Hi Duckie,
    Pehaps, Carrot Cake should be on the menu for Mother's Day:)

    Hi T.W.
    I seem to remember something about a section of the Chelsea Market as once the home of NBC. Purple carrot salad?

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  7. Oh I haven't tasted a carrot cake yet. I don't know any bakery in our town selling this. But thanks to your free and easy recipe, I think I can make one ;)

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  8. Please let me know if you decide to venture into the world of carrot cake baking, Dennis. It sounds delightfully encouraging!

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