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On this carrot theme, I am all over this carrot top named Archy Marshall, who’s going by the stage name King Krule. Did you catch that? His parents named him ARCHIE, like the most famous red head, ever. The King Krule sound is off-kilter; it touches my heart with its kind of reinvented punk style. He reminds me of Johnny Rotten a little bit (whom I also love). Archy has only 19 years under his belt and he’s hitting the right chords. He started making music a few years ago under the name Zoo Kid. Now it’s the same sound but a different (and arguably better) name. Also, the album artwork for his debut release called 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, which this song appears on, is boss. Can he do no wrong?
Today, in a search for where carrot cake came from, I found Cakespy. Have you heard of Cakespy? Oh my gosh, where has that website been all my life? Why didn’t anyone tell me? I’m in love.
Basically, Jessie Oleson Moore (the genius behind the site) acts as detective to find the history behind our favourite desserts. She’s also an amazing illustrator and seems to love unicorns, if the 115 odd posts about the mythical beast is any indication. All good stuff. If you like this blog, you’ll probably love hers, so check it out.
It turns out that carrot cake is the child of carrot pudding (originating from Medieval times) and George C. Pak, who wanted to sell a ton of canned carrots. It was naturally touted as being a tasty way to get your vegetables; after all, it does have carrots. Eventually, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was releasing recipe books featuring cream cheese frosting on the popular, everyman’s carrot cakes. Thus, the two (who’d made eyes at each other in the playground and maybe been on the same kick ball team once or twice) started dating. Dating turned into engagement and engagement turned into a happy marriage.
Carrot cake is a huge family of cousins, aunts, uncles, grand-parents, nephews, and friends of the family (pretty much the opposite of my smallish family). Some carrot cakes have nuts and others have raisins, some have both. This one is the vegan-home-made-applesauce-date-and-pecan variety, with lots of spices. It’s like the really fancy and sweet grandmother who sometimes comes up with crazy ideas like not using cream cheese frosting.
I hope you like it.
Sharing is Carrot Cake (Vegan)
Makes 16 servings.
Instead of using fresh apples and spices, replace the apples with 1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves to your flour mixture. Mix in the chopped dates with the carrots and pecans.