Celebrate National Carrot Cake Day

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The short month of February doesn't have a lot going for it in the celebration department. Valentine's Day gets a lot of attention but if you aren't in a relationship that date can be rather depressing. Plus, residents in the Northern Hemisphere have grown weary of the month's old, dark days and are pining away for the spring weather. Before you get too depressed, take a few minutes out of your schedule and get ready to celebrate National Carrot Cake Day.

Like most of these national food days, the date is rather arbitrary. The good news about this day is that you can count your celebratory cake as part of your vegetable servings. According to the lore surrounding this food holiday, carrots have long been used in sweets, dating back to the Middle Ages. Then, sugar and other sweeteners were rather scarce, so naturally sweet carrots were substituted in desserts and puddings.

There is no shortage of carrot cake recipes in the EYB Library. Try one of these Member favorites:

Vegan carrot cake from Tinned Tomatoes by Jacqueline Meldrum
Carrot layer cake
from Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine by Christina Tosi
The ultimate carrot cake
from Delia's Cakes by Delia Smith
Spiced carrot, pistachio and almond cake with rosewater cream
from Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour
Bill's big carrot cake
from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (pictured top)

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