Who doesn’t love a nice warm piece of carrot cake with creamy frosting starting to melt? Oh my, it is my kind of sweet heaven! When I found out that Carrot Cake Day is an actual thing, you can be sure I did a happy dance! 24 hours, one whole entire day to do nothing but give this often-overshadowed dessert it’s due!
So, are you with me? Are you dancing in your seat just waiting to learn more about this culinary celebration? Don’t you worry I have everything you need to know.
History of Carrot Cake Day
Carrot cake is a lovely creation that evolved out of the Medieval favorite called carrot pudding. Through times in history when access to sugar was non-existent or very hard to come by, people have used sweet vegetables to make their desserts sweet.
This has been as recently as during World War II. During this difficult time the government of Britain needed to ration food and luxury items to their population. You can be sure that this cake experience a surge in popularity! During the war, the Ministry of Food in Britain encouraged people to try many different recipes that used carrots as a sweetener. They suggested carrot cakes, carrot puddings and carrot filled pies! It is also something to note that carrot sweetened confections are healthier for you.
The United States of America has some history with carrot cakes as well. There are documents that record President George Washington would enjoy this tasty treat in Lower Manhattan. He would go to a tavern called Fraunces Tavern. There was a cookbook that was put together to record and honor early American recipes. The Thirteen Colonies Cookbook was created by Mary Donovan, Amy Hatrack, and Frances Schull. In this book, they offer the exact recipe for President Washington’s favorite. Head to your favorite search engine and you will be rewarded with the book, or just the recipe within moments!
How to Celebrate Carrot Cake Day
To celebrate Carrot Cake Day, you can pay a visit to your local bakery and find their version of the recipe. Either a slice or a whole cake, you can indulge without guilt! It’s carrot cake after all. Remember what I told you – it is a healthy treat! Yes, I know that even healthy treats should be had in moderation, but on this day, it’s time to splurge!
If you are good in the kitchen, or even just learning, you can use Carrot Cake Day to impress your friends and family. There are many possible recipes out there that all you need to do is take a minute to search on your favorite search engine. Gather up the ingredients and give it a try! I bet if you look close enough, you may discover that your family has a recipe that they love. Was Grandma or Great- Grandma the baker in the family. Take a trip down memory lane and see if you can find her recipe. Whatever you do, just be sure to enjoy Carrot Cake Day!
From Foodimentary.com: Here are today’s five things to know about carrot cake:
- Carrots were first cultivated in north Africa & the Mediterranean. They originally were purple or grey in color. Introduced to Europe around 1000 years ago.
- The weed/flower Queen Anne’s Lace is actually a wild carrot.
- Jello in the 1930’s offered ‘carrot pie’ flavored gelatin.
- People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.
- Carrots are one of the rare vegetables which are more nutritious cooked than raw.