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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.

            2. Cocoa Locale has carrot cake today! I didn't get it, but based on how much I love everything coming out of Reema's kitchen, I'd be willing to bet it fits the bill for "good" and "homemade-style".

              1. There is no good carrot cake in Montreal. I lived there for 3 years and looked high and low (tried Calories, Second Cup, etc) and found nothing. I used to have it shipped in from New York and had everyone in Montreal raving about it. The French don't believe Carrot cake is a worthy enough dessert to put an effort into making...and when they do it's horrible.

                The best of the bunch was at via Crescent which is a cafe on Crescent Street. The owner Stefano is Italian and he also owns a bakery which makes the best and most underrated cakes in Montreal. His bakery is located in Little Italy on Jean Talon. Don't remember the name but if you go to the cafe, they'll give it to you.

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                1. re: tromeros

                  "There is no good carrot cake in Montreal."

                  Beg to differ. I had the carrot cake at a place in the West Island, Boulangerie Homestyle, associated with the Black Lion Pub. 445 Beaconsfield Blvd. in Beaconsfield. Rich, moist, dense, tasty cake and wonderful cream cheese icing, I don't usually like carrot cake, but this one is delicious.

                  I will agree that some of the other carrot cakes I have sampled in Montreal have sucked.

                  Sorry, this isn't Mile End... Bit of a trek.

                  1. re: moh

                    moh, you really impress me. You go everywhere! You are doing all these awesome food runs and making me insanely jealous. Homestyle is literally around the corner from my house, and I could never imagine anyone going out of their way to go there, to me it's a place to grab a coffee (terrible) and catch up with friends but no more than that. I'm not a fan of their baked goods (they use oil in their croissants), but when you run out of bread, it's convenient. The Black Lion Pub, though, has an good selection of beers on tap.

                    I believe that Cafe Via Crescent and Pasticceria San Marco share the same owners.

                    1. re: Venusia

                      Venusia, please don't be too impressed... life takes me places, and I just look for somewhere to eat! I happen to play hockey out in the West Island with a lovely group of people, hence my travels. Plus Bombay Choupati is out there...

                      I must admit, I have had nothing else from Homestyle. Only the carrot cake. It was a fine carrot cake, and beats the crap out of other carrot cakes I've had in Montreal. It reminded me of carrot cakes I've had in places like NYC, so it came to mind when Tromeros posted.

                      1. re: moh

                        Tromeros seems to be in the mood to knock everything that is Montreal in favour of everything that is NY.

                        Good carrot cake is indeed hard to find, but not impossible. Strangely enough, it's weird out of the way places that will have the best. But I still hold true to the fact that homemade is easy to make and will always be the best.

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          The good old west island is full of hidden gems, don't tell the die-hard plateau people. I agree that Homestyle's carrot cake is amazing, and it's cheap. I used to order 4 of them for xmas eve gatherings when I was hosting.

                          I think good carrot cake is easy enough to find, there's nothing refined or difficult about it. Carrot cake is best served at room temperature, the one thing that irks me is when it's served ice cold from the fridge.

                          1. re: superbossmom

                            Okay, I'll have to try the Homestyle carrot cake then! Perhaps the oil that is so annoying in the pastries makes the cakes worthwhile.

                          2. re: maisonbistro

                            " But I still hold true to the fact that homemade is easy to make and will always be the best."

                            No doubt that this is true. But then I have a whole carrot cake, and what happens to the diet? It is a disaster...

                            1. re: moh

                              Moh, we've covered this already. Pay attention. Diet shmiet. It's CARROT cake after all. CARROT. Vegetable, orange, GOOD FOR YOU!!!


                              1. re: maisonbistro

                                How'd you know moh was following the schmiet diet?

                                1. re: carswell

                                  I suggested it. Looooove the schmiet diet.

                                  1. re: maisonbistro

                                    llast night we hit Chalet to kick off our St. Jean B. holiday. My inside source disclosed that the carrot cake is indeed, a Sara-Lee frozen product. I have yet to try it as I rarely have room for dessert when chowing there.

                  2. You can buy an AMAZING homemade tasting carrot cake at Fresser's on Decarie. They make a great chocolate coke cake as well!