And Now: The Frosting to Cake Ratio Debate!
Dessert is subjective much like art and music. This is a good thing as it allows us a much wider selection of choices than we’d have if everyone loved chocolate cake and no one had the drive to invent the lemon square. Can you imagine? I love chocolate as much as the next chocoholic, but sometimes you simply need a lemon square.
However, among us dessert-o-files, there rages the endless debate of the frosting to cake ratio. Truly, sometimes it keeps me up at night. There are those who believe that cake is merely the spongy vessel for the icing. These would be your “icing on top” types. Then there are those who believe frosting is simply a sugar loaded accoutrement for the luscious cake. These are your “let them eat cake” types. Lastly, there are those of us who seek harmony in our confections and endlessly ponder the cake to frosting ratio. These would be the “goodness in every bite” types. We will not discuss non-dessert people. Something has gone terribly awry there and can not be solved in a simple blog about frosting.
When I was young, I was definitely a member of the “icing on tops”. I would eat the sugar roses off my birthday cake until the sweet shock made my eyes spin in different directions. I would completely ignore the cake. As I got older the subtle flavor and texture of a well baked cake won me over, and I would find myself scraping extra frosting off to the side as I became a “let them eat cake” type. Now I seek harmony between the two, looking for the perfect ratio in every bite. Alas, from my own baking efforts and studious attention to the food channel, I have discovered that the cake to frosting ratio is and always will be a matter of personal taste. Shocker! I know.
And so I share with you a recipe from my grandmother’s recipe box. I cherish it because when I read her handwriting I feel like she is in the kitchen with me. This is her carrot cake with cream cheese frosting – something to please the “icing on tops” the “let them eat cakes”and the "goodness in every bites"! Enjoy!
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn all spice
1 tspn cinnamon
1 tspn nutmeg
½ tspn soda
½ tspn salt
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt together. Separate yolks and whites of eggs. Add yolks, carrots, nuts and butter to dry ingredients. Beat until well mixed (very thick). Fold in 3 beaten egg whites. Pour into a greased tube pan. Bake at 350 for 50 min. Cool. Frost.
Cream cheese frosting
1 8oz cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tspn vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans to decorate.
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Jenn McKinlay SPRNKLE WITH MURDER -- March 2010
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