A to Z Challenge – Cake

CAKE: Sweet unleavened bread with other ingredients besides flour, e.g currants, spice, eggs, sugar.

Hmmm…  this definition of cake from my 1976 dictionary doesn’t really tempt my taste buds.  So online I went and found  the following.

cake. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 27, 2016 from  http://www.dictionary.com/browse/cake

  • a sweet, baked, bread like food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
  • a flat, thin mass of bread, especially unleavened bread.
  • a shaped or molded mass of other food: a fish cake
  • a shaped or compressed mass:  a cake of soap; a cake of ice

What do you think – still not what cake means to you?

In 1976, the same year as the edition of my trusty dictionary, I lived in Fallbrook California as an exchange student.  Class of ’76 at Fallbrook High School if any of you are reading this.   I discovered Carrot Cake and OMG – it was delectable. Before arriving in Fallbrook,  I was oblivious to cake made from carrots – we used bananas. The good old ever dependable banana cake graced tables at most functions I went to back in New Zealand. Then I discovered Carrot Cake and Combined with Cream Cheese icing sent my taste buds into Cosmic overdrive.

This cake is now one of my heirloom recipes and 40 years on, it is still a favorite birthday cake for family and friends.  I share this recipe with love.

 “14 Carrot Cake

♥ Beat – 2 cups of sugar, 1.5 cups oil (I use canola), 3 eggs

♥ Add (sifted) – 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder & baking soda, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and pinch of salt.

♥ Stir in  – 3 cups grated carrots, 450grm tin crushed pineapple & juice, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 cup nuts (optional).

Grease and flour (or use baking paper) 9 inch/22cm tin and bake 40 – 50 mins at 325F/160C.

♥ Frosting:  1/2 packet cream cheese,2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup icing sugar, vanilla essence.  Mix together on ice cake when cold. (I double the recipe to ensure a thick layer all over the cake, and yes enough to lick the spoon as well ♥

Enjoy – I dare you to try this recipe and tell me what you think.   Also,  if you know the original creator of this delicious CAKE, please tell me so I can attribute the recipe to them.








5 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Cake

  1. I, too, had an addiction to carrot cake — recipe from either the Moosewood Cookbook, or the Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I grated the carrots and my fingers raw. Topped with a luscious cream cheese icing. Due to allergies, I can no longer eat carrot cake, but I continue to put a very cream-cheesy, not too sugary icing on whatever cake I do bake.
    Thanks for sharing! I have a great recipe for Banana Cream (Cheese) Pie. 🙂

    • Yes, the very creamy cream cheese icing is a winner on any cake. Sorry to hear about your allergies, can be very frustrating. Are you allergic to Carrots? Would love to try your banana cream cheese pie recipe. Is it on your blog?

      • Carrotts are okay; I can no longer eat all the wonderous spices to make a carrot cake. I don’t have the pie recipe to hand (have been thinking of it lately) so let me poke around before the challenge gets to Z and I’ll see if I can find it.

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