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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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                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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