At some point in early 1999 I was at the street car stop with a couple of friends after a birthday celebration, one of whom was Carol. We celebrated with a grocery store carrot cake and I happened to mention I made a fantastic carrot cake from scratch. Carol was enthusiastic about it and I offered to make her one. Time marched on, Carol and I got together, finally married and every once in a while this elusive, fantastic carrot cake I bake makes it into conversation but no further. It's been about 20 years since I made a layer cake with frosting and yesterday, I smoked one!
Some of the ingredients.
As usual, I find it impossible to follow a recipe perfectly. Instead of 3 cups of grated carrots I used 4, instead of 2 cups of white sugar I used one cup of real Demerara sugar, in addition to the cinnamon called for I added mace, ground cloves, ground allspice, freshly grated nutmeg, pinched walnuts, raisins and I substituted a cup of melted butter for the oil. Okay, I pretty much made my own recipe, just found a base to copy a flour to baking powder to baking soda ratio.
Couldn't find any of my other 9" spring form pans so substituted the second one with a cast iron skillet. Worked pretty good, I used the CI next to the deflector and it protected the cake from burning the best I've seen so far. Good to keep in mind for my next layer cake.
In the smoker.
I didn't shovel or use the snow blower to pile that much snow against the house, it all fell there or was driven by the wind. I'll dig it out before we hit melting temperatures.
Smoked carrot cakes!
Now let's make frosting.
Middle layer of frosting.
Next is the crumb coat, a thin layer of frosting that is applied and set in the fridge. I used my outdoor fridge for that, and yes, it does look like a gasser, doesn't it?
Final frosting coat and voilą, Carol's Valentine smoked carrot cake!
I asked Carol the million dollar question: was it worth waiting 15 years for? She said, "YES!"
We had our piece with fresh brewed dark roast coffee and it was great. I think the spice, vanilla and smoke flavours in the cake would have been great with my favourite bourbon but I had to drive so I won't be able to test that until tomorrow. All in all it was a delicious experiment and segue back to the world of cake making.
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