Carrot Cake Was NOT Just An 80’s Thing, Was It?

Carrot Cake

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Hubby and I went out to dinner last week and as we looked over the dessert menu (after all, isn’t that the reason I go out to dinner?) I realized that certain important items were missing from the menu. There was no carrot cake, cheesecake. vanilla cake. Or any cake except a dense, all dark-chocolate cake. No pies. Just passion fruit crème brûlée,  a brownie with vanilla ice cream, a root beer float (really? that is a beverage to me) and fresh fruit in season, (LOL) and Nutella in pastry shells. I have a big jar of Nutella at home in the closet and with a teaspoon (or 5 teaspoons) to eat right out of the jar it costs a lot less than the eight dollars THEY were charging. I had just baked brownies for my kids and husband so that was out of the question, vanilla ice cream was safely nestled in the freezer. I had been dreaming of carrot cake, cheese cake, vanilla layer cake, coconut cake but there was nothing.

Carrot cake, to me, is perfection. It is a blend of sweet, salty, crunch and creamy. I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting but hey, its frosting and it is vanilla-ish so that works for me. My husband in his loud, convincing voice said: “carrot cake was just an 80’s s thing.”  Excuse me? I don’t think so but he kept telling me that we don’t see it on dessert menus very often and I just assume that we’ve been going to the wrong restaurants.

Was carrot cake a cult thing? Like a flash in the (cake) pan? Do I need to find my leg warmers and leotards and watch “Flashdance” on the, (gulp) oldies station? Look at denim, that’s been around a long time and I doubt that’s going anywhere. I don’t want to think that carrot cake is not available anymore and please don’t suggest I make it because I don’t have the patience or the talent for all the chopping, mixing and whatever 52 steps it takes to create it.  Also, it’s no use saying “don’t order dessert” because that is totally irrational.

If I can’t find it in a restaurant I really don’t want to buy a whole cake. I don’t want a whole cake of any flavor in my house, from a bakery or Costco or the frozen section of my local supermarket. If there is (non-chocolate) cake, I will eat it.   Please, don’t let me buy an entire carrot cake or cheesecake because I am the only one in the family that will eat it and I have given up on portion control or rather portion control has given up on me.  I will have to scour every bakery and grocery store to find a place that serves these delicacies by the slice. I’m just not sure if I can be trusted to only buying one.

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2 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Was NOT Just An 80’s Thing, Was It?

  1. Due to my food allergies, I’ve had to give up carrot cake — afterall, it should have ginger, nutmeg, cinamon, allspice, etc. I make cream cheese icing for other cakes — I love cream cheese icing that’s more creamcheesy than icingly.
    But, I still see carrot cakes in bakeries (one of the local grocery store chains makes a mini-one with little icing carrots on the top), but then again, maybe this town never left the 1980s!
    I love dessert only restaurants — not many of those around any more either — was that a 1970s thing?

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  2. Once I bought a carrot cake at an in-store bakery, it is also my favorite. After dinner we cut it for the birthday boy and discovered that the frosting was butter cream…instead of the usual cream cheese frosting…sinful!

    Speaking of going to a restaurant just for the dessert is something I agree with. I had ordered tiramisu at an Italian place and when they served it to me it was covered in whipped cream from a can!!!!!!!! You expect real whipped cream on something from a fancy dessert menu right?? I feel a snack attack coming on………………….
    mo

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