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The Best Carrot Cake Recipes That Will Make You Go Hungry

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The Best Carrot Cake Recipes That Will Make You Go Hungry

As a child, I never understood why anyone would choose carrot cake over, say, chocolate, or ice cream, or any other high-in-sugar, low-in-natural-produce gooey delight. I found it plain wrong mixing vegetables with desserts and gave my father looks that would kill whenever he’d order carrot cake (his favorite dessert) at a restaurant. Over time, I moved past my limited palette and menu prejudice, and discovered a new world of textured delight found beneath creamy frosting. At 33-years-old, I am proud to call myself a “carrot cake convert”.

Sure they’ve got a boring name, and will never compete with the aesthetics of a Bombe Alaska or a Black Forrest Gâteau, yet you can’t help but respect their understated elegance and the gift of nighttime vision they bestow upon their eater.

These 10 carrot cake recipes that I’ve painstakingly scoured the World Wide Web for, will have you salivating into your lap before you can say “pass me a spork”.

1. Del’s Best Ever Carrot Cake

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    This self-proclaimed “Best Ever Carrot Cake” recipe has a lot to live up to, but with an unwavering commitment to freshness, moisture and that all important crunch – it has earned its stripes in my eyes.

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    2. Bourke Street Bakery’s Carrot Cake

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      Hailing from Sydney, Australia, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to fashionable cafes spawning bearded hipsters and inflated prices; Bourke Street Bakery being one of them. But what this boulangerie lacks in humility, it makes up for in flavor. I’m yet to find a carrot cake that slides down easier with a morning Earl Grey than this one does.

      3. Carrot Cake Cheesecake

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        What happens when you take a third course favorite and combine it with another? You get a mouth-watering hybrid of tanginess, tenderness and tight trousers. Mel was certainly feeling daring when she whipped this one up in her kitchen.

        4. Carrot And Pecan Mug Cake

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          Not everyone can cook, nor cares to. Which is why this five-minute feast whose only prerequisite is a mug (chipped if you like) – will inspire the Martha Stewart in the most uninspired.

          5. Chrissy Teigan’s Carrot Cake

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            Because if it’s good enough for Chrissy Teigan – it’s good enough for us. Plus it’s from the South, and from what I hear, everything tastes better down there.

            6. Mini-Carrot Cakes

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              I’m probably not the first to admit that when it comes to dessert – I’m not a fan of sharing, and find a slice doesn’t always cut it. These mini-carrot cakes allow the fatty in all of us to savour an entire cake without feelings of guilt or gluttony.

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              7. Moist Carrot Cake

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                You had me at the word “moist”…

                8. Orange Vegan Carrot Cake w/ Cashew Nut Cream Frosting

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                  No eggs? No dairy? You’re kidding right?

                  Well, no I’m not. Even I was shocked at how delicious this ‘naughty free’ carrot cake recipe actually was. It just goes to show you that when you trust in the spice, and add a touch more of the orange – the bland becomes beautiful.

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                  9. Sweet Paul’s Carrot Cake

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                    I’ll admit – Sweet Paul’s recipes are somewhat a favorite of mine, so I was intrigued to discover what his take on carrot cake would be. I wasn’t disappointed.

                    In true Sweet Paul style, he made his carrot cake decadent, multi-layered, and topped off with a Bambi. If you serve this one up at a dinner party and don’t hear an applause – it’s time to seek some new friends.

                    10. Nut-Free Paleo Carrot Cake

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                      For this last recipe, I came across a tasty nut-free carrot cake right out of Elana’s fancy pantry, so that people with food allergies can devour this recipe without caution. I don’t think the Himalayas have peaks as impressive as this one!

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                      Enjoy all!

                      Featured photo credit: Opal Divine via flickr.com

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                      10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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                      10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

                      A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

                      To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

                      1. Camping

                      A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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                      2. Staycation

                      You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

                      3. Island Getaway

                      People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

                      4. Fancy Resort

                      Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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                      5. Road Trip

                      The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

                      6. Charter a Boat

                      If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

                      7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

                      If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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                      8. Themed Retreats

                      There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

                      9. Working Honeymoon

                      Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

                      10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

                      Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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