My Dad’s Favorite Carrot Cake

Carrot cake

For quite a while, I spent a lot of time on Amtrak commuting between Philly and DC. I spent those luxurious hours listening to podcasts and reading cooking magazines. When I came upon a recipe for the “best carrot cake,” I dogeared the page and resolved to bake the cake for father’s day. My dad loves this one particular carrot cake from a diner in Philadelphia, with shaved chocolate around the outside, cream cheese icing, and cute orange carrots made … Continue reading

Julia Child’s Chocolate Icing

Note: I’d say it’s a coincidence that this post appears on Julia Child’s 100th birthday, but I don’t believe in coincidences. When I need a specific recipe, I frequently forget to check the growing collection of cookbooks I have and instead turn immediately to the Internet. But when I needed a quick recipe for chocolate icing, the Internet had far too many options. To the bookshelf I went, and of course, Julia Child delivered. This chocolate icing was exactly what … Continue reading

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Frosting

Help! I almost ate this frosting for lunch. My cake was in serious fear that it would have to live its short life naked. Fortunately, Stella talked some sense into me. I iced the cake, and proceeded to eat the frosting from there. I love cream cheese, cream cheese icing, and especially the strawberry-cream cheese icing on Baked and Wired‘s strawberry cupcakes. I had to replicate it, and I succeeded. The strawberry cake was less of a success, and I … Continue reading