I have mentioned before I am not a baker and being honest, I have never, ever liked carrot cake. I am just not a fan of nutmeg and cinnamon type of spices. Just not my thing. But I went to dinner with my in-laws one night and it got me thinking. My father in law had to take some medication to, well, “calm down”. Long story, they never take medication. So, he was, well high as a kite. haha It was great! It was like watching someone on ecstasy. Not that I have ever done this thing called ecstasy OR been around it per say, it’s just what I would imagine it would be like, with all the press coverage. So anyway, he loves carrot cake and bread pudding. He ranks it every time he goes to a restaurant. Well, he ordered it this particular night and was immensely let down by them not having anymore. But I thought to myself, “Self…what the hell is so good about it? Maybe we (self and I) should give it another try.” I mean, I used to hate lots of things but couldn’t imagine having dinner with out some of them. So, I started googling around. Now you must know, my grandmother (mom’s mom) made the world’s best Zucchini bread and as much as I liked it, I still didn’t like the spices that much. But, it was good enough bread I could overcome the spices. So, with all that in thought, I looked for carrot cakes recipes that had good amounts of carrots in it. Well I ran into a website called Chow.com. GREAT site and great find. Well I was on there doing something else (researching where a particular tool came from) and one of the side ads kept suggesting carrot cakes. Yeh, the world of google ads keeping an eye on you. :rollingeyes: But this time it worked. They suggested a carrot cake on chow.com that you are about to see. It is delicious, moist, fresh, and the larger carrot shreds add to the dynamics of this simple to make cake. I have linked the recipe on my site (below) and in the recipe I give props to chow.com’s website link as well. The only “wrecking” I did to the original recipe was I browned some of the carrots, I added different types of nuts and then finely chopped them up, and added almond extract to the icing.
This cake is a winner in my opinion. The fresh spices give this cake such a fresh taste. So grab a microplane and then a paddle attachment for your mixer and amaze your friends and spouses with this carrot cake recipe!