Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In Honor of New Years...........







I present the heaviest, most time consuming cake I have ever made. We are going over to a friends house for dinner tonight and I wanted to bring dessert. In these days of diets and carb watching, people who like to bake rarely get a chance to stretch their culinary wings. Anytime we are invited over I always raise my hand to bring the dessert.

Will loves carrot cake and I have a wonderful old recipe that makes a great cake every time. But this year a friend gave me a Martha Stewart Cookbook and I wanted to see how hers compared. Well, let me tell you it is definitely a more time consuming cake by about 3 hours. It is also a silly cake. It is so elaborate that I wonder if it will even taste good with all the extra sugar added by the layer of candied carrots on top. ( Though I love the color and the glistening sugary surface of the cake with the addition.) I will let you know what the verdict is after the dinner tonight.



















***Update...this was The best cake I have ever made. Love, Love, Love, it! And worth the extra time spent. A huge success...Thanks Martha!****

12 comments:

Jacky said...

Great post! Mmmm candied carrots?... made me laugh when I read your verdict at the end. I take it you will be making this again????

(Looks scrumptious, wish I could have sampled it).

Undaunted said...

*gasp* Oh my. I love carrot cake!! Do they post well? :D

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lynne h said...

lol! i was gonna say (before i got to the end) that THAT cake is gonna be good!!! as a carrot cake afficionado, righteous carrot cake goodness was emanating from the screen!

Undaunted said...

Hehehe, I always say that since it contains veg, it's good for me! So I should be able to eat as much as I like!

Mom and daughter said...

I don't know if you remember or not, but our wedding cake was a carrot cake--wonderful! I'm very, very impressed with your effort--beautiful. I only wish I could have had a generous slice...
Love you!

Sister T

painter girl said...

Hey Jacky,
The candied carrots were so time intensive to make, and made my whole kitchen sticky, but man did they make the cake.

Hey Un D, Wish I could send you a slice!

Lynne, the cake was the best cake I really I have made...ever...and that is a lot of cakes. Martha is a genius.

Hey Sissy,
I remember that cake...it was wonderful. I will have to make you this cake next time we are together!
Love you.

Ha! Un D! Good point. I'll remember that next time I make this cake.

Leslie said...

The cake looks absolutely fabulous! What a great idea-that Martha is just so clever isn't she? Sorta makes you sick but you still gotta love her!

Happy New Year to you! Here's to lots of creativity in 2009!

xoxo,
Leslie

grrl+dog said...

glad it was gorgeous, because it looks like a haunted cake to me... unless...


it has cream cheese frosting..

which makes it perfect...

painter girl said...

Mucho cream cheese frosting Grrl+Dog!
The recipe made soooo much icing I put some in the freezer.

Thanks Lynne!
Love some Martha though she can be a little condescending at times.

Robyn said...

Ohhhhhh Yummmmm! We had carrot cake for tea yesterday but it was nothing like this one!So much for the New Year's diet resolutions.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.