Carrot Cake Fail
A friend asked me to find a carrot cake recipe for her birthday cake.
I don’t have a tried-and-true recipe for carrot cake.
This means I need to do some experimenting. My first experiment was this past weekend.
My official take on the end product: Meh…
The short story: The recipe failed because it didn’t meet my expectations of what a carrot cake should be.
The long story is that I should’ve known this cake was going to fail since the recipe made no reference to frosting. I gave the recipe the benefit of the doubt though. Because, after all, who would eat carrot cake that doesn’t have cream cheese frosting?
Well, apparently, there are some individuals (whom i do not trust) who eat carrot cake without cream cheese frosting because this cake was not frosting friendly. Any attempt to slather cream cheese frosting on it met with resistance.
This was too much for me to deal with. As you can see from the picture accompanying this post, I gave up. I couldn’t justify wasting any more frosting on a cake that might or might not be worth the frosting. You can also see that I make one mell of a hess when baking.
So I’m sure it comes as no surprise that my first sampling of the cake led me to declare it to be not just “meh,” but “bleh.” It seemed not quite done.
I tried it again a couple of hours later. It seemed a little better. But the frosting still kept separating from it. Same problem when I sampled it again today.
Now, my cake philosophy is that cake is merely a carrier for frosting. But when the frosting separates entirely from the cake, there’s something wrong.
So, for my friend, I will try again. The next recipe on the roster comes with a cream cheese frosting recipe too. I have high hopes for it. (knock on wood!)