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For my friend's birthday, he requested that I make his mother's famous carrot cake. I know better than to challenge a "mother's famous" anything, and upon looking at the ingredients I decided it just seemed too complex (and had ingredients some of us couldn't eat, like nuts and pineapple). My roommate suggested something simple: A rum cake. She's made them tons of times before, everyone's always loved it, so she gave me the recipe. Seemed simple enough, right?

We used one of those rubbery bundt pans that cuts the baking time a bit. Also, considering I live at high altitude, that was also something to consider. I've ruined many a batch of brownies by not adjusting accordingly. When we attempted to remove the cake from the pan, my roommate flipped it over, peeked underneath, and gave me a horrified expression. "What?" I asked. "Nothing!" she said, as she flipped the cake, bundt pan and all, over and began to drizzle the rum glaze on what would have otherwise been the bottom of the cake. "This is the bottom now," she said. "It broke apart when I tried to flip it over."

"Then how do we take the cake out to serve it?" I asked
"We don't. We can just...eat it with a spoon I guess?"
"We're going to have to explain why this isn't a carrot cake".

Hence the inscription (it makes much more sense to those who know us, I'm sure, but "I didn't want to make your mom's gross pineapple carrot cake and ruin the memory of your mother's specialty" was too long). Unfortunately, while writing, my roommate and I were laughing so hard that I forgot to put the "H" in birthday. The sad thing is, I'm a copy writer for a living. Things like this just shouldn't happen, but I suppose this cake was doomed from the get-go when I went against the birthday boy's wishes.

So, enjoy the "Right Side Up Not Carrot Cake". For the record it tasted delicious.

PS: For the record I would love to post this to Cakewrecks but can't because it's not "professionally made". Ah well XD

Current Mood: amused amused

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ungulata From: ungulata Date: March 8th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
For your edification and the greater good of humanity, I bring you the Jane Brown's Carrot Cake, originally published in Great Recipes from the New York Times. You can leave out the nuts if you like, and my variant differs from the original in that it calls for more cinnamon and vanilla.

Yield: one 10" cake. (I use a toroid-shaped pan like the one in your picture, above)

1 tsp butter
1.5 cups salad oil (usually corn oil)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
3 cups finely grated carrots (roughly 1.5 lbs)
1 cup blanched & finely chopped almonds (or walnuts)
2 tsp vanilla

(1) Grease a 10" tube cake pan with the butter
(2) Preheat oven to 325°F
(3) Blend the oil and the sugar together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
(4) In another bowl, sift together the salt, cinnamon, flour and baking soda. Add the sifted ingredients to the egg mixture and stir until they are thoroughly incorporated.
(5) Next, beat in the carrots, vanilla and almonds and mix them to blend thoroughly.
(6) Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for between 45 minutes and one hour and 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
(7) Let the cake cool, remove from the pan, bottom side up, onto a serving dish. Once cool, smooth icing over the top, sides and center hole.

For the icing I always make a simple cream cheese icing from cream cheese, butter, vanilla and confectioner's (icing) sugar.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 9th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the recipe, but as I wrote in the description already, the point wasn't that I don't know how to make a carrot cake.

My friend already gave me his mother's recipe, and I don't like to make "mother's famous" anything because it's never a good idea to challenge anyone's mother, and also we don't have a hand mixer so making anything more complex that requires a specific type of beating is difficult.
ungulata From: ungulata Date: March 10th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, sorry! I didn't realize you already had a carrot cake recipe that you were comfortable with. 8-)
arbeywolf From: arbeywolf Date: March 8th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL you can still post it to Cake Wrecks as an "homage". they've done that before too

Too bad you didn't have an "Underneat That" part...or maybe add some unnecessary quotation marks ;)

Still the important part, it was tasty.
shinigamigirl From: shinigamigirl Date: March 8th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
That actually looks very good and made me hungry. The story also made me giggle so hard, I snorted. XD
calicatmerlin From: calicatmerlin Date: March 9th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
You get an 'A' for effort, but I'm sure you'd rather have the 'H' for redemption.

This made me LOL, but more so when you pointed out the typo. It is a damned shame it couldn't be submitted to Cake Wrecks. Still, if I were you I'd send it in anyway. I'm sure the blogger would love to see and read your story. At the very least it would be entertaining and who knows...maybe she would post it anyway as an "dishonorable mention."
keesh From: keesh Date: March 14th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That cake was soo good!

You know my choice for birthday cake. ;3
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