Archive for February, 2009

Pichet Ong’s Carrot Cake with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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This is going to be a quick “cook the book” post. I am all for incorporating vegetables into cakes, be it zucchini, sweet potatoes, or in this case, carrots. On an whim, I purchased a juicer not too long ago and would like to incorporate the pulp of my fruits and veggies into a cake some time. If anyone has recipes for this, please do drop a note!

Anyway, I went home for my dad’s birthday, and rather than making a vegan cake for him as I have done in the past, I tried a carrot cake from Pichet Ong’s The Sweet Spot. This recipe calls for canola oil in addition to butter in the batter. The frosting has some cream cheese, sour cream and lime zest in it, and prior to spreading it, the cake is sprinkled with rum-soaked raisins. I decorated the top with carrot slivers soaked in a sugar water syrup for a very rustic look.

i heart chocolate and ginger…and valentine’s wishes

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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Phew! I was in quite a bit of a baking frenzy this weekend, preparing these cake bites for a recent Arts to Grow charity event.  With refrigeration and transportation being a concern, I ultimately decided upon chocolate raspberry ginger cake bites which are dipped in dark chocolate, and dusted with gilded cocoa nibs and crystallized ginger slivers. The event was also Valentine’s Day themed, which also influenced by decision.

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Up to my eyeballs in cake bites! Two of three boxes pictured here.

These were a lot of fun and the sheer quantity was a great challenge, but most importantly, I’m happy to have contributed out a great cause, namely children’s arts programs in New York City. For more info or to donate on the program, click here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!