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Jun 20, 2008 10:33 AM

Looking for Carrot Cake - Homemade style

Ok - I have to admit that my wife makes a mean carrot cake. But sometimes, I have to jump through hoops to get her to make some (she purports to dislike baking). Anyway, I'm having a craving for a good hearty homemade style carrot cake. Anyone know where i can find some? Mile End would be preferable, but I'm willing to travel...

And yes, I know Mile End is chock full of excellent bakeries & pastry shops however, I really just feel like a good'ol carrot cake. Any suggestions?

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  1. Grate some carrots, add raisins, eggs, oil and mix. Sift some flour, baking powder.....

    You can't beat homemade. I suggest you find her recipe and go at it!

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    1. re: maisonbistro

      Um, excuse me mb, but you forgot a couple of critical ingredients. Hello? Icing? Hello?

      1. re: bomobob

        I was being facetious. Why can't he make the darn thing? Only his wife knows how the oven works???

        There is a humongous carrot cake for sale at Calories, but I've never tried it. It's about 5 layers, with of course, tons of ICING.

        1. re: maisonbistro

          >>Why can't he make the darn thing? Only his wife knows how the oven works???

          Yeah, something like that ;-)
          Ask me to make walnut crusted Opa, or seared bison with a blueberry port reduction, I'm your man - but please, keep me away from dessert (unless it's chocolate mousse or fruit.) I know, I know, but I still have half a life to broaden my horizons.

    2. Believe it or not, the carrot cake at Chalet BBQ is pretty darn good. No idea who supplies them, I doubt they make it in-house. The carrot cake at Santropol used to be good, but I haven't been there in ages so I can't vouch for its quality these days.

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      1. re: kpzoo

        I fully agree about Chalet BBQ, although it's rare that we have room for cake.
        I still maintain the all-time local best was the old bakery at the Atwater Market, before the renos. They also did a wicked bread pudding. God, I miss that bakery.

        1. re: bomobob

          You could satisfy your craving with a few cupcakes from Petits Gateaux on Mt Royal, 3 or 4 minis should do the trick.

          How to entice your wife to bake one is another challenge.

      2. I agree that nothing beats homemade and it's not that difficult, you can do it yourself no problem! Here's a link to the recipe I use (I reduce the oil by 1/2 c but add an indiv. applesauce container, you know the kind). For the frosting, it should be 2 cups powdered sugar, not 4 as written. Also, I line three 8" round cake pans with parchment paper. Have fun and happy eating! btw, an electric mixer is used for the batter and for the icing, easy, eh?:)

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        1. re: morebubbles

          Ok - so looks like I'll be the one baking this weekend. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

        2. Java-U on St-Denis close to L'academie use to serve amazing Carrot Cake. I don't know if they still do ever since they did some renovation. When I asked them if where they get it from, they told me they had this lady who made it for them.

          1. I agree nothing beats homemade carrot cake for quality and ease of preparatio. That being said there are times when one must comprimse. I recently tried he Dufflet frozen carrot cake purcased from cinq saisons here in westmount but also seen at Metro here in Westmount. Priced at 9.99 it provides 4 medium servings ( or 1 binge but I digress) The cake itself is moist and the icing appoximates my own homemade cream cheese icing. I have served this at a dinner party and pased it off as my own. However yesteray I tried Dufflet blueberry cheese cake and found it horrible ie gummy texture, little blueberry flavor

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            1. re: crispy1

              If you check previous threads, I had posted about 2 Dufflet purchases- neither of which were outstanding - even though an LC article in the gazoo had lauded their virtues. Whatever.... Cheesecake is not meant to be frozen.