Thursday, March 10, 2005

Carrot Cake Inflation

I like bakeries. A lot. They give me a nice, comfortable, warm feeling in the pit of my stomach. Like sitting by the fireplace on a cold winter night with a cup of cocoa and your dog.

I love finding out about a new bakery and going to do some "product testing". However, I'm a Bakery Snob, and it's darn hard to find a good bakery. There's a lot of over-priced, dried-out-pastry-slingers out there. And don't get me started on the grocery store bakeries.

I stopped by a place today to check it out. The place is relatively new, yet I've heard of it from no less than three various sources. I stopped by over lunch.

The place was fantastic-looking! Their retail space was well-decorated and inviting and their case was brimming with wonderful, perfect-looking baked goods. I tried a Snickerdoodle and a Filled Carrot Cake Cupcake. I was diappointed by the Snickerdoodle. I'm used to a good "cream of tartar" finish from my Snickerdoodle and that seemed to be missing. Plus it just wasn't quite sweet enough.

However, the Filled Carrot Cupcake was delicious! The "filling" was the obligatory cream cheese icing, since it was a carrot cake cupcake, and it was moist and delicious. I got thinking about an upcoming card night at my place and thought that a carrot cake might make a good dessert for us to munch on between rounds.

I checked the price card. Thirty-two dollars for a 9" carrot cake! Yikes! What's this country coming to?

Is it that hard to make a carrot cake? No! I've made carrot cake before and it's darn easy. One of the easier cakes to make, in fact. Much easier than an apple pie with all that damn fruit coring and slicing you have to do. With a carrot cake, you just buy the pre-shredded carrots from the produce section. You add sugar, flour, oil, eggs, stir and bake. Yes, folks, it's pretty much that simple! And the icing is basically cream cheese and powdered sugar. Nothing to get all flustered about. Easy, easy, easy.

So easy that I just might make one for card night. Then ponder how to spend the $32 that I saved.

1 comment:

Kitty said...

This is the easiest carrot cake recipe in the world. It uses carrot baby food and gets its texture from pineapple and coconut. Best all - way cheaper than $32! FYI: I've always had to bake it longer than the recipe says to get it done in the middle.