That Bizarre Thing: Carrot Cake
When I was a little girl, it was a rare treat to see my cousins in Michigan. When I was in fourth grade, we planned a summer trip to visit them on their big farm in the “thumb” of Michigan. (Michigan looks like a mitten and they live in the east side of the state near Lake Huron, which looks like the thumb of a mitten.)
The first night we were there I heard someone mention that they were bringing “carrot cake” for our big family get-together the next day. Carrot cake?!? I’d never heard of such a bizarre thing! Who would put vegetables in a cake?!? That’s crazy! (You must remember this is long before carrot cake appeared on every dessert menu.) Imagine my surprise the next day when I tasted this aforementioned “carrot cake.” It was delicious! Moist and a little spicy with that marvelous, rich cream cheese icing we all know and love!
Some years later when I was in college, making carrot cake became a community-building affair. I lived with three girls, all French majors, from three different cultures – one was Polish, one Italian and one Bahamian. But we all agreed on one thing – we loved carrot cake! So it became a house ritual to join together in the kitchen, pull out three peelers and start peeling the carrots for carrot cake. We didn’t have food processors back then so we had to use the peelers to shred all those carrots too. And when the cake was iced and ready to eat, a bunch of guys would magically appear to help us enjoy the finished product.
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