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The Best Carrot Cake Recipes That Will Make You Go Hungry

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!

                      Enjoy all!

                      Featured photo credit: Opal Divine via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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