Monday, December 14, 2009

The Classic Carrot Cake











Like others who have expressed in the blog their not-too-strong feelings of excitement at the prospect of baking a carrot cake, I felt the same tinges of disinterest. Of course, with the rousing results of our cakes thus far, I might have known better. Baking the cakes included in our Bake-Through agenda is a joy. No matter which cake is presented in Rose Levy Beranbaum's new book, "Rose's Heavenly Cakes," there seems to be something unique and exceptional about it. It would follow, then, that this 'Classic Carrot Cake' would be very special, indeed.

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Actually, this was a simple cake to prepare. The most difficult task was shredding three pounds of carrots. I used the medium-large-grating side of a box grater. This, of course, was not a difficult task at all, except I finally found it necessary to bind up my little finger; after that it was a breeze. I did forget to add one-half the amount of raisins. They do add a lot to the cake; next time I will remember. The molasses of the the dark brown Muscovado sugar lends a great depth of flavor. The color of the cake is thrilling. My cake was so moist that it was almost loosely crumbly. I don't know if that is the result of something I didn't do, or did do. I haven't seen reference to that on our blog, but if anyone has curiosity or answer, please let me know. Perhaps that is its nature. Thanks. Since this cake has the merits of simple and the most flavorful carrot cake I have ever encountered, to me it is special. I will definitely make it again - with all of it's raisins.

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In my opinion, the Dreamy Creamy White Chocolate Frosting was dreamy and creamy, luscious, and just the right thing for this cake. Particularly dreamy with its white chocolate, marrying so well with the carrots' flavor. And, once again, very simple to prepare. I used my new La Bomba bowl to melt the chocolate.






















Since the creation of this cake fell during Chanuka, we invited our friends, Leah and Rosty, who observe this holiday, to join us for celebration. They thoroughly enjoyed the cake, and we enjoyed the Festival of Lights together.


But, it doesn't stop there, I must confess. Actually, it came to pass, in the dark of that very night, that I crept ~~~ into the kitchen and > attacked my precious, furtively- saved slice of cake . . . mmmm! Smiling, I returned the remaining half of it to the fridge and left, turning out the light. Next, a flash, in that instant himself the Devil, fancifully attired in ruffles of chocolate, buttercreams and spun sugar, appeared and intoned, "You must immediately hasten back into that kitchen, and devour the other half of that slice of cake"! SO, but of course, I did and . . . Yum! [Shhhh. Please don't tell].

'Mercurious Sublimatus' assures he most certainly would have done the same!

8 comments:

  1. The devil made you do it? I'm glad he doesn't just visit me. LOL The cake is fabulous.

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  2. Lovely cake, lovely display.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  3. Thanks, Leah. Yes, I must admit that devil does have a way of stopping by!

    and Patricia - from you, High Praise! Thank you so much. Also thanks for the tips on the upcoming pinecone ingredients. You are my mentor as always.

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  4. My carrot cake got carried to a Hanukkah celebration, too...but I did manage to resist the siren call of the leftovers and hauled them into my office the next day. That got rid of them!

    Your cake sounds like it was moister than mine--mine was a quite firm texture. Not dry, certainly, but not extra moist or crumbly. Maybe some variation in the moisture content of the carrots?

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  5. Aha, you got ahead of him! Yes, good idea about the carrots. I recall Rose did say 'packed.' Isn't it funny, you really have to watch every word - and heed it! Thanks for stopping by. I think this is so much fun.

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  6. What's up with that devil, he visits me too! Loved your post and your carrot cake looks yummy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

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  7. I weighed the carrots after shredding -- maybe if you don't tell Santa about your little visit from the Devil, he'll bring you a kitchen scale.

    This was one of those cakes that turns out much more special than it sounds! We loved it, glad you did too.

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  8. Yes, Barbara, I did weigh them on my trusty MyWeigh scale. However, as Nancy pointed out, there may have been too much moisture. I didn't pack them, or 'wring them out' so to speak. That makes sense. I do like the cake and will try that next time. There are some other things that I would like from Santa,;although I must say, I have so many goodies that it would take a long time to use them all. Thanks for stopping by and for your help.
    i am trying not to think about the pinecone. I feel as if we have had a bunch of easy cakes, and that I am going to be tested now. Uh oh.

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