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:) 

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


  1. I am living life on the edge; the Knight is at his desk, which means that if only he looks over this way, he could see your post. I think I have everything I need to make Sandy's carrot cake. She's the carrot cake queen in our circle. I'd be happy to share!

  2. Love all these recipes, especially the one with yoghurt. I've posted a Chocolate Carrot Cake today and linked to your blog.

  3. All the carrot cakes look totally different than my carrot cake that I baked last year in October, hehehe....

  4. That looks awesome- I think the last carrot cake I got was out of a gas station pack. :o)

    Funny that you have a thing about metal as opposed to plastic... I guess we all have our preferences. I don't like to use plastic at all to eat or drink with. I think because it is porous is picks up too many smells and I am really picky like that. It's all glass for me in the kitchen.

  5. Hi Louise! It's interesting that there are so many variations of carrot cake. In Germany we have one that is called "Rueblikuchen" and comes from Switzerland (ruebli = carrot). It's very often with sugar icing and little sugar carrots on top. What a pity that your cake didn't came out like you wanted.

  6. What a great listing! I forgot to celebrate carrot cake day, but am planning on celebrating Nutella Day! - mary the food librarian

  7. I've heard of the dairy - I hear it's quite a place and has the best ice cream! Count me in the group that loves Carrot Cake. I recently heard that George Washington ate carrot cake on British Evacuation Day in NYC. Do your sources confirm that?

  8. For some reason Channon, I can't imagine you "living on the edge" except... for when it comes to Carrot Cake. Please, please, please share...

  9. It happens! I've had some baking flubs lately myself. A piece of carrot cake sounds mighty good right now.

  10. Aw, sorry about your carrot cake :( I've never made one myself but I love it!

  11. Thanks for the "link love" Janet. I added your link for Chocolate Carrot Cake in today's post.

    Did I miss your Carrot Cake, Selby. Shame on me:(Send it on over and share:)

    I don't care for plastic even outdoors, Michelle but for some reason, I have something in my head that whispers; "use plastic, not metal, enjoy..." Must be something I read. Some Turkish restaurants I have visited serve ayran in a metal vessel which always surprises me. However, my Turkish friends usually made their yogurt in a large soup pot and left it on the heater to set overnight. I'm just weird. Glass works!!! Thanks for stopping...

    Hi Petra! thanks for the vote of sympathy:) I figure I have next year to try my hand at Carrot Cake again. I have so many other recipes I want to try. I love hearing about the contrast in carrot cake recipes. Have you posted any on your blog? We would love to "take a bite." Leave the link in the comments or email me:) It's nice to see you. Now that I've figured out a way to get to the English version of your blog, (I have to keep going to the Rice Ball post first) it will be easier to "pop" by. I can never find the translator button on you blog:( Be right there...

  12. Hi Mary! Thanks for letting me use your link. If you want to send me your gorgeous picture of Williams-Sonoma Carrot Cake, it isn't to late. I just reviewed my notes and realized I didn't email you for it. Maybe in my dreams. Sorry about that. It looks fabulous though so, send it on over!!!

    You Cinnamon Girl? I've never seen anything but gorgeous creations on your blog. Lucky me, I get to oogle them all. Thanks for stopping, Reeni:)

    Thanks Natasha. I'm over it now. I was a bit disappointed...You should try at least one of these beauties. I'm off to check out your Cornbread round-up!!!

  13. I must tell you T.W. In the midst of freezing cold weather, I have seen every table filled with people enjoying their ice cream at Meyer. It boggles my mind. I mean their ice cream must be awesome!!! I'm going to wait until a blistering hot day, when of course all of State College is there, to sample my first taste. That's if I can wait that long.

    I don't have a copy of the New York Cookbook by Molly O'Neil but, on page 435 of The American Century Cookbook, Jean Anderson confirms the information as true and I quote, "In her New York Cookbook (1992), Molly O'Neil says that George Washington was served carrot tea cake at Frances Tavern in lower manhattan. The date: November 25, 1783. The occasion: British Evacuation Day. She offers an adaptation of that early receip, which was printed in the Thirteen Colonies Cookbook (1975) by Mary Donovan, Amy Harrack and Francis Shull." Looks like I just may be doing a post on the history of carrot cake next Carrot Cake Day, T.W. It seems Pillsbury "staged a nationwide contest to locate America's first published carrot cake recipe." The results? The 20th Century Bride's Cookbook published in 1929 by a Wichita, Kansas, woman's club.

  14. Wow, that's a whole list of interesting carrot cake recipes there! My mom looooves carrot cake...I miss making it for her!

  15. I love carrot cake! I'd make it every week if the people in my family liked it, but my loved ones don't and giving away a carrot cake with a big slice taken out of it (becuase I'd have to try it, of course) won't work. But now you've got me craving carrot cake. I might try taking one of the recipes above and halving it.

    Louise, the yogurt carrot cake sounds really good. You should try it when you're ready to use carrots ;).

  16. Great info - Thanks, Louise! I'll probably bake the Carrot Cake for President's Day, but we'll see! And, looking forward to your followup on the dairy.

  17. Sounds good. My carrot cake recipe comes from The New Orleans Cookbook by Rima & Richard Collin, p. 217. It has cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice which makes it really delicious. But I don't think I'm going to bake it today. I always thought it was a NO dish, but sounds from your treatment as if it is universal.

  18. I have a favorite carrot cake recipe that I've used for years, and every now and again, it sinks. I can't figure why, but it could be that I overbeat it or perhaps the carrots were extra juicy and I should have drained them. The last time I baked it and it sank, I went right back and redid the whole recipe over again, and it came out perfectly.

    Carrot cake is a fav here. It's in my top half dozen cakes that I truly feel that I do a pretty good job of making. Haven't posted the recipe yet, because it's so large and I need an occasion so that I have people to share it with.

  19. As you can see, Sophia. My carrot cake baking wasn't a success. When ever you get the urge to bake up a carrot cake, send it on over.

    Now why didn't I think of that Anna, I think you're on to something. I should try the carrot cake recipe again WITH carrots!!! Thanks for dropping by and for the GREAT link. Your Dense and Moist Carrot Cake looks so deliciously decadent!!!

    I had a feeling you were thinking about President's Day T.W. I do hope you get a chance to post about it. As for me, I plan on posting a bit more about my culinary adventures in central PA. First stop, the dairy!!!

    I'm looking for a New Orleans Cookbook Mae. I must check out the one you mention. In some circles, I think carrot cake is a glorified spice cake with carrots!

    Some recipes suggest grating the carrots by hand for just that reason Katy. I may have added to much liquid from the crushed pineapples although I did drain them. I look forward to you posting your recipe. I have a feeling it will be a feast for the eyes. I too have to think about what I've been baking lately. There is no way I can possibly eat everything I have in my "someday" recipe list. Thankfully, John & Kyla are only 20 miles away. (considered just around the corner in PA:)

  20. wow...the cake are really looks delicious
    I really want to taste the Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake, I wonder how it taste

  21. Welcome fio! I wonder how the Cheesecake Factory Carrot Cake Cheesecake taste's too! Yum! Thanks for visiting...

  22. Quickbread loaves are the hardest to judge. I think the shape must be wrong for reliable baking. Try either a wider, more shallow baking pan or else mini loaves or muffins.
    I am pro carrot cake - long live the carrot!

  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm not a fan of carrot cake (I just take a piece and lick off all of the cream cheese frosting ;-)), but if you hadn't said your cake was a disaster, I wouldn't have known from the photo. It looks wonderfully moist.

  24. What a tasty carrot cake round up!!

    I never tasted carrot cake in my life before,...

    Now, that's going to change!!

  25. We alll have baking fails. Trust me. Niow Im craving some carrot cake with pineapple. Thanks for the mention.

  26. i often declare my love for carrot cake, but i suspect it's actually the cream cheese frosting that draws me in.
    incidentally, my brother is in grad school at penn state and also raves about meyer dairy. you've probably run into each other once or twice!

  27. I do love Carrot Cake. Funny thing is I don't like to eat raw carrots or cooked carrots. But a slice of carrot cake Yummy! Your picture didn't look too bad.

    Wow you do mix it up in your recipes trying different things. Sounds like fun!

    Now if I had a carrot cake recipe I'd give it to you. Though I am working on one that has pineapple in it. Thats all I am going to say right now. I just hope I can slap it together soon. I think these things take me too long.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Louise, if you're ever in Lambertville, NJ (just across the bridge from New Hope, PA), there is a great lunch place called Lilies on the Canal, and they have FANTASTIC carrot cake! It's a little far for you, and I'm sure you don't want to drive over there this weekend with this snowstorm that's coming, but if you ever need to satisfy that carrot cake craving....

    I will need to reread this post again ... this is my mom's favorite cake. But it is tough to make a good one; I feel your pain! I haven't succeeded so far...

  29. Mmm just looking makes me hungry, too bad we don't have cakes shops near our place, and I know null on ccoking, hohumm

  30. Thanks for the tips, Natashya. I do think the pan choice was an error on my part.

    It was a disaster Short (dis)Order Cook but, I've vowed to try again. Thanks for stopping...

    Hope you give it a whirl Sophie. It's really quite tasty and comforting.

    Thanks, glamah16. I've recuperated from the mess I made. I'll try again one day.

    The folks at Meyer Dairy are all so kind. I wouldn't be surprised if I have seen your brother there Grace. It seems to be my new "hangout." And yes, the Cream cheese frosting is the "draw" for me too! Thanks for popping in...P.S. Your brother doesn't happen to go to the Comic Swap in State College too???

    You are just too funny Jim. That "recipe" of yours may just be one of your best!!!

    I rarely get to Jersey night owl chef but you just never know. Thanks for the tip...

    Thanks for visiting, Sikat ang Pinoy. Drop by anytime. Many visitors here are excellent cooks. I'm sure they would be willing to help.

  31. try my favorite carrot cake recipe, you'll love it :)


  32. Felt sorry about your carrot cake. Well, practice makes perfect. Better luck next time.


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