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tgalluccio Feb 1, 2010 09:14 AM

Any suggestions for good carrot cake in philly

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    Vishne Feb 6, 2010 09:31 AM

    Isn't the best carrot cake the one you make yourself, for multiple reasons? First, there are a hundred optional ingredients you can customize to taste (plumped-up raisins, candied ginger, ground ginger, honey, ground coriander if you're British, ground clove, grated zucchini, shredded coconut, ground coconut, toasted pecans though not my thing, toasted walnuts, orange zest if you're Mediterranean, orange juice if you're my grandmother, pineapple, dollop of cream cheese baked right in the middle of carrot muffins). Second, it's foolproof. Most important, once you make it, you can help yourself to a slice whenever you like.

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      Bigley9 Feb 6, 2010 06:46 AM

      Termini's makes adorable little individual carrot cakes

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        mglory Feb 6, 2010 02:52 AM

        If you can buy a slice of carrot cake from any place that is using the steve poses/commissary recipe...BUY IT it is the best.I owned a bakery in conshohocken for 15 years called morninglory and used this recipe and I sold a ton of them

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          Chefpaulo Feb 6, 2010 02:56 AM

          I think Steve Poses' carrot cake was my first back in the 70's. It still resounds as the best ever and unchallenged. Whatever happened to Steve?


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            mglory Feb 6, 2010 03:10 AM

            Steve is still around although not in the retail restaurant business he runs frog'comissary catering business an I too remember going to the comissary back in the early 80's for his great food

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              Kshell Feb 6, 2010 03:49 AM

              If anyone is interested, Barnes and Noble does carry the newer (2002) edition of the Frog Commissary cookbook. I have the older edition published in 1985. That edition does include Stev'e's (or is it Anne Clark's) recipe for carrot cake, among other old favorites. I assume that the newer edition carries the recipe, as well.

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              Displaced California Foodie Feb 6, 2010 04:48 AM

              Steve Poses has a new cookbook now: At Home by Steve Poses


              Let us know if you buy the book.

              Here is the link to the Frog Commissary Catering- Like JanePond mentioned above you can order a carrot cake here:


            3. re: mglory
              knappy123 Feb 13, 2010 08:57 AM

              I miss Morningglory. Your cinnamon buns were the best!

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              Hansel Feb 5, 2010 08:22 PM

              What about the Carrot Cake Man in West Philly? Is he still around? I haven't had his cake in years, but he used to make a good one. Almost as good as my own.

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                ShakenNotStirred Feb 6, 2010 03:58 AM

                He used to sell his carrot cakes in the Lancaster Farmers Market in Wayne. I haven't seen him there in a while though. I think that bakery stand sells his cakes his cakes.

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                  ShakenNotStirred Feb 6, 2010 01:31 PM

                  oops! one too many 'his cakes'

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                TeamPhilly Feb 2, 2010 12:43 PM

                I am a carrot cake fiend. We even had it for our wedding cake. On a recent late night hunt for carrot cake I ended up at Genuardis which had surprisingly good carrot cake. Whole Foods makes a better carrot cake with true cream cheese icing. Zakes Cakes in Fort Washington now carries it.

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                  teddybare Feb 2, 2010 04:28 PM

                  Try Tabora Farms in Chalfont. It is in Bucks County, but worth the drive

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                    Displaced California Foodie Feb 6, 2010 04:45 AM

                    Team Philly: Zakes cakes sells a Whole foods carrot cake?

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                      TeamPhilly Feb 9, 2010 05:39 PM

                      Zakes makes their own carrot cake. Pardon my punctuation.

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                        AgentRed Feb 9, 2010 07:22 PM

                        Hahah I remember trying Genuardi's carrot cake and thinking it was delicious but I didn't want to mention it due to its non-gourmet nature

                        In fairness though, did you read the ingredients list? It was larger than the slice itself and had more chemicals than Michael Jackson's medicine cabinet!

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                          TeamPhilly Feb 10, 2010 09:29 AM

                          I agree about the ingredients. It must be a one font and the list is so long. But when it is a quarter to midnight and you're jonesing for carrot cake the old any port in a storm comes to mind.

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                      AmblerGirl Feb 11, 2010 03:30 AM

                      Nearby to Zake's is Sweet Bytes Cafe. THey make the most amazing homemade cakes, their red velvet is to die for. I have not tried their carrot cake yet but if it is anything like their others I'm sure its delicious.

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                      spicemistress Feb 1, 2010 03:25 PM

                      The carrot cake from The Night Kitchen is amazing! I am not a huge fan normally but theirs is so very good.

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                        JanePond Feb 2, 2010 06:36 AM

                        The Carrot Cake at Smith & Wollensky on Rittenhouse Square is very good and very big. Or just go to the web site of Steve Poses, legendary restauranteur, get the recipe and make it yourself.

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                          gardens4me Feb 2, 2010 05:27 PM

                          YOu are right JanePond. That Frog/Commissary recipe from long ago, a Steve Poses recipe, is incredible. Haven't made it in years, but certainly have not forgotten it!

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                        Buckethead Feb 1, 2010 12:19 PM

                        I love the carrot cake at Famous 4th Street Deli, but ordering a slice is a commitment, they're huge slices.

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