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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quick Links: It's Carrot Cake Day!!!

So, I made my weekly trip to Meyer's Dairy in State College this morning for some farm fresh milk. Meyer Dairy is a State College icon started by two brothers in 1970. They have the best milk I have tasted since my childhood. I'm saving Meyer's for another day. Today, we're talking Carrot Cake as in Carrot Cake Day!!!

Armed with my replenished milk, I headed over to the new State College Diner for a bite to eat. I don't want to say this weekly event has become my routine since moving to Pennsylvania. Let's just say, I've been to the dairy three times and I'm only living here one month and two days:) Why do I make the 20 mile trip on a regular basis. Well, it's for the milk of course. However, I'm not much of a milk drinker. But, I do make yogurt as often as possible. I was getting a bit scant about my yogurt making while living in two places but since my permanent move, I've been setting it up at least once a week. Yes, I've been holding out on you. I'm saving my yogurt making escapades for another day too. Let me just explain the spoon in the image. It's plastic. I have a thing about using metal with yogurt. Weird I know:)

My feeling about Carrot Cake is you either like it or you don't. There's no in between. I happen to like carrot cake. However, I'm beginning to think Carrot Cake Day doesn't like me very much. My post for Carrot Cake Day last year got all discombobulated and it doesn't seem like this year's embarrassment is going to be any better. But, more about that later. Let's get on to the good stuff. First, I would like to thank all of the following hostesses for their generous hospitality and for letting me "borrow" their images to include in today's Carrot Cake Day recipe round-up. Thank you all so much:)

The Delicious Images

From Aly @ Treat A Week we have Pineapple Carrot Cake:

Patricia @ Technicolor Kitchen offers her Carrot Cake-Brazillian Style in both English and Spanish.

Big Grandma's Carrot Cake is courtesy of Cynthia from Gherkins & Tomatoes.

We couldn't we possibly celebrate Carrot Cake Day without at least one Carrot Cake Cheesecake...Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake from Bunny's Oven.

The Nibbles

Alton Brown's 18-Carrot Cake @ Cathy's Noble Pig
Dense and Moist Carrot Cake @ Cookie Madness 
Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting @ Good Things Catered
Williams-Sonoma's Carrot Cake from the Food Librarian
Chef Jeenas Dairy Free Carrot Cake
Carrot Pulp Cake
European Carrot Cake (with sherry brandy:)
Carrot Cake with Apple Filling
"Carrot Cake" Oatmeal? (creatively intriguing)
Buttermilk Glazed Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Coca-Cola Carrot Cake
Chocolate Carrot Cake

What's Up Carrot Cake?

Or, What's going down??? My plan was to bake a carrot cake from a recipe I found in The Yogurt Gourmet by Anne Lanigan. (1978) An excellent book by the way. However, when I went to the fridge to get the carrots ready, I realized I used the carrots for the Carrot Raisin Salad I made for the kids on Sunday. If you didn't see that post, I'll leave the link below. Well, lo and behold I chose to improvise. UG!!! First, let me scan the recipe for you from The Yogurt Gourmet. (click to enlarge)


The recipe is fairly easy to follow, IF, you follow the recipe. In this case, I got as far as the 2 cups of grated carrots and instead substituted crushed pineapples. I figured pineapples are often times used in carrot cake recipes, what the heck!!! Aly's Pineapple Carrot Cake looks pretty darn good. I also omitted the walnuts. Crushed pineapples and walnuts, No go! When it came to the shredded coconut I decided to "play." I "marinated" the shredded  coconut in a mixture of pineapple juice, a few drops of Mojito Mix (I cleaned out the freezer this morning:) and some other juices I found in the fridge. Sorry, I can't remember what others, mad scientist that I am. Now, close your eyes for a second and prepare yourself. Open them. Ta Da!!!

It sunk!!! I don't know what happened. I tested it with a toothpick to make sure it was done. It baked for 55 minutes. I'm guessing I got my pan size wrong because when I went to cut a slice, ok so it wasn't entirely cooled, it was not done on the inside. Hence, I would imagine, the sinking. I did manage to get one slice cut before putting it back in the oven, which by the way didn't help:(

I share this with you today, not because I'm proud, quite frankly I'm more than embarrassed, but because, sometimes things like this happen. Has my baking "career" been hampered? Yes and No. Let's just put it this way, I won't be baking Carrot Cake any time soon so, if any body out there happens to have an extra slice or two, I'm really craving carrot cake. And, there's always next year to try again:)

To make up for my apparent "flop", I thought I would include another contribution for National Carrot Cake Day. How about this Golden Treasure Carrot Cake provided by the California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board?

Have a wonderful Carrot Cake Day. May all your carrot cake dreams come true:) I'll be back in time for National Frozen Yogurt Day, good Lord willing and the creek don't freeze. It is suppose to snow. Why would Frozen Yogurt Day be in February anyway I wonder?

Flash: If you have a carrot cake recipe to share, just leave the link in the comment section or email me. If you have a pic, email me and I'll include it:) 

Resources
1. Meyer Dairy Reviews
2. Making The Perfect Carrot Cake
3. Carrot Cake Day 2009
4. Sunday Dinner with the Kids: Apple Stuffed Pork & Cheaters' Bear Claws