NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY
National Carrot Cake Day on February 3rd, celebrates one of America’s favorite flavors of cake. In the carrot cake, we get to eat our cake and veggies, too!
Carrot cake closely resembles a quick bread from its preparation to its final consistency. Quick breads mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before combining, and the final product is coarser than a traditional cake. Creamy frosting separates the layers and often complements the spice of the cake. Cinnamon and nutmeg go well with the natural sweetness of carrots. Many bakers add nuts or raisins to their recipes as well.
The carrot’s natural sweetness may have been selected as a substitute in the Middle Ages when sugar was hard to find or expensive. Carrot cake most likely developed from a carrot pudding which could be savory or sweet.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY
Bake a carrot cake to celebrate. Include friends and family by inviting them to join you. Serve a hot beverage or two. If you need a recipe, we found several worth trying. While you’re enjoying the cake, look ahead to other celebrations on the calendar.
Listen to the National Daily podcast and flip a coin to see who will serve up the next delicious baked good so you can #CelebrateEveryDay with us. Don’t forget to use #NationalCarrotCakeDay to share on social media, too!
NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar staff wonder if we dangle a carrot, would the creator of this day step forward?
Carrot Cake FAQ
Q. Does carrot cake recipes call for real carrots?
A. Yes. Shredded carrots are used to make carrot cake.
Q. What other vegetables are used in cakes?
A. A variety of vegetables lean toward the sweeter side of the taste scale or take on the sweetness of its surrounding ingredients. Take these for example:
- Sweet potato