The Cake Slice: Carrot Cake

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The April cake reveal has finally arrived, and this month, of the four choices we had to select from in our cake baking club, I chose to bake the carrot cake…a truly perfect cake for the Easter season.

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This month I faced the ultimate dilemma. You see, as a baking enthusiast, I not only love to bake the cakes, but I also love to sample the cakes. I could eat cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mmmmm…buttercream. Who couldn’t, right?

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But, I took a big leap this month and joined a new fitness program. The initial program lasts for 10 weeks with a mix of kickboxing, cardio, and strength training workouts six days a week. Proper nutrition is essential to success in this rigorous program. Which means: CAKE is out. Ouch. It pains me to even think of it.

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Fortunately, the one day a week that I’m not working out is considered a “fun day”…which I translate to CAKE DAY. On “fun day” you can eat whatever you want whenever you want. Yippee!!! In fact, I just might eat cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that day!

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And yet. I could resist the urge to eat the cake and instead bring it in to the office to share with my coworkers. That’s what I did with this month’s cake. One of my work friends had a birthday, and I had already planned to bake her a carrot cake, and the stars just happened to align in that carrot cake was one of the four options in our cake club this month.

Aside from black forest cake, I’ve got to admit that carrot cake takes a close second in my book. The creamy, thick frosting…and the moist, burnt umber hued crumb. Southern Living rates this recipe among the best carrot cakes they have ever tested. It disappeared fast, and tasted great. Definitely a keeper recipe that I’ll make again. The cake turned out moist, and the cream cheese buttercream was a delicious compliment to the cake. I topped it with toasted pecans, as well.

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So, at least for the next 10 weeks, maybe just a little slice for myself won’t hurt. All things in moderation, right? Someone has to review the recipe, after all. I can’t just stop baking and let my fellow Cake Slicers down!

Might as well find a happy medium between the cake and the boxing glove!

Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake

By the way, the other three choices this month included: Coconut Cheesecake Squares, Brown Sugar Pecan Coffee Cake, and Green Tea Honeysuckle Cake. If you’d like to see which of the four cake recipes my fellow Cake Slice bakers selected to bake this month, click on the link below to check out their sweet treats.

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7 thoughts on “The Cake Slice: Carrot Cake

  1. Baking In Pyjamas April 20, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Amy, this cake looks wonderful I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I like how you’ve piped the icing on top and garnished it with pecans, so pretty! Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

  2. Sandra L. Garth April 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    As a baker I hate to see my desserts go to waste or waist! Thankfully I love to workout and am able to ship my baked goods out of the house. I love the way you frosted the top and the toasted pecans are the perfect touch!

  3. theninjabaker April 21, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Oh you do have mighty discipline Amy. Your carrot cake looks tantalizingly good! You gave your coworker a grrrreat gift…But I guess you know that from the fast disappearance of the cake. P.s. Love that you grant and gift yourself a fun day every week.

  4. Elle April 21, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Lucky co-worker! That is a gorgeous cake and sounds so yummy, too. It’s good to allow yourself a piece to taste. That’s usually all I have since I’m restricted a bit on calories at the moment. This cake would be worth every calorie!

  5. Hazel April 22, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Cake days are the most important days of the week Amy!! That’s why we work our so hard, to have all the cake we like! hehe! Your carrot cake looks really, really good however.. And I am so glad you gifted it. What a treat for the office, no wonder it disappeared fast! Hazel x

  6. Anabel April 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I loved this cake as well! I’m glad to hear it was a success! It’s one gorgeous cake!

  7. Emily April 25, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I love the ‘smart casual’ way you garnished your scrumptious cake! Delish!

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