The March Hare
My dear friend Rachel just turned 29 the other day, on the Ides of March. Beware the Ides of March… Have I mentioned I love Shakespeare? How can I not having been a theatre major? The ides of March really means nothing more than the half way point in the month. Theres an Ides of May, July, and October. I think Rachel’s always enjoyed having her birthday on an infamous day.
Once upon a time when we were young fresh twenty somethings and roomates we used to take turns making her bomb a$$ recipe for Carrot Cake. People have said I quote “You could make money off of that cake.”
Rachel’s Carrot Cake
2 c sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
(1/2 tsp nutmeg -my addition)
2 c sugar
1 1/2 c oil
4 large eggs
(2 tsp vanilla- my addition)
2 3/4 c coarsely grated carrots
1 can 8.5 0z crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
(2/3 c raisins- my addition)
(2/3 c walnuts- my addition)
Sift dry ingredients– flour, soda, powder, spices and set aside.
Beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil in a separate bowl.
Add dry ingredients.
Fold in carrots and pineapple (with syrup). Add raisins and walnuts.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Frost with cream cheese frosting.
I got kind of tired of the same old piped carrots on the cream cheese frosted carrot cake, so I thought I’d embrace the warm spring like weather of the past few days and take a different spin on a carrot themed cake. The Basket weave is a fun– not as hard as you think- way to decorate. In the future I’ll post a video on how to go about it say around Mother’s day?
Piping tips used on this cake:
#67 and #352 for leaves
#3 for blads of grass
#2 for vines and petit flowers
#48 for the basketweave
#12 for rows of crop– dusted with finely chopped walnuts
open ended parchment bag (about a size #5) for carrots