Sometimes when you’re reading, you need a snack and today is National Carrot Cake Day! Carrots = good eyesight = more reading. I’m taking a brief interlude from just the books to show you five awesome carrot cake recipes that are sure to make all of your mouths water. If you’d like some more recipes, here is a book that lists eight awesome recipes. Keep an eye out for a video of a book reading and book links down below, all in the spirit of Carrot Cake Day!
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This recipe comes from Ali Martin and is fairly easy to make, requiring only eight ingredients to bake the cake and five ingredients for the cream cheese frosting. The good thing about this recipe is that it requires less ingredients to bake, and is pretty straightforward with its steps. Ali also includes tips for baking the cake.
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To get more in the spirit of National Carrot Cake Day, here is a video of Wanda Sykes reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.
This recipe comes from a Mexican woman, Yvette, whose mother has a slightly different twist to the carrot cake recipe. What makes this recipe different from the others is that Yvette uses crushed pineapples along with the juice to add sweetness to the cake, and cinnamon and nutmeg to add a nice spice to it.
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This recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan, and while similar to the first recipe I listed, it includes using walnuts or pecans in the recipe as well as raisins or dried cranberries. The cream cheese frosting also uses different ingredients like lemon juice or the option of adding shredded coconut (for those coconut lovers!).
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If you’re more interested in reading, check out this book centered around a carrot cake theme!
What makes this recipe stand out is that it uses brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, in addition to the carrots. The ginger and brown sugar for this recipe adds zing and sweetness that separates it from the other recipes on this list. Like number one on this list, Sally also includes tips for baking this cake.
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If you’re looking for another book to read to your kids, this one has a nice story centered around it. It even has a recipe of it at the end!
This recipe comes from Jenn Segal, and she says her carrot cake is lighter with a finer texture than other cakes. To get this, she finely chops the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. Her recipe uses currants and nuts as well. The recipe also has nice pictures as steps for those who are visual learners.
While all the recipes are for carrot cake, they all have their differences which are sure to appeal to all the different bakers out there. Happy baking!
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