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Feb 10, 2013 03:51 PM

Carrot Cake - Brooklyn's best

Looking around for a party-size carrot cake in Brooklyn. Should be moist, classic with pineapple and BLACK walnuts throughout, not too heavy cream cheese topping and inner layer.

Who's got it?

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  1. pineapple? raisins, yes, but pineapple?? Party size carrot cake from costco is ok, and cheap--and very moist like.....

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    1. re: janie

      Ive not seen any commercial products with black walnuts in NYC - they are a pretty unusual item, tho I think I bought some at Fairway once, - have you seen any?

      I agree the costco cake is pretty good for a commercial carrot cake (Im not sure they are making she sheet version any more.

      Personally Id get out my food processor (for grating the carrots in a snap), a couple of sheet pans and go.

    2. I cant say Ive ever seen any commercial baked product with black walnuts in NYC. Its hard even to find the nuts here

      1. Villabate-Alba on 18th avenue makes a good carrot cake, you can order it in whatever size you want, though I've never heard about pineapple in it...

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        1. re: italianyc84

          I can't imagine anything from Villabate that isn't good. What a great place!

        2. Mike, I don't know Brooklyn bakeries, but I want to agree with your insistence that the best carrot cakes contain pineapple. Truer words have never been spoken!

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          1. re: StrandedYankee

            Cousin John's apparently can make one with or without pineapple - and from the sample I had the other day, also looked like black walnuts inside. Could be the prime candidate.

            1. re: Mike R.

              black walnuts do not look significantly different than english walnuts but they have a very strong different flavor that not everyone likes (acquired taste). They are also relatively rare and more expensive. For those latter two reasons I simply dont believe that they would be used without a bakery saying so directly.

              Here is a pic of shelled black walnut pieces.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Whatever they were, the walnut flavor was distinct, fresh and true. The nuts themselves had a darker skin than the pic shows. Thanks!

                1. re: Mike R.

                  yeah, its a different species from a different tree and very uncommon. You just like walnuts in your cake (I do too).
                  I think the costco cake is good and a great deal, but it might not meet your parameters.. Also, note that in Brooklyn they are not selling it standard in the sheet version with a little carrot for each piece anymore- Im sure they could do it special order, tho. What I usually see there now is a big round layer cake.

          2. Try Betty's on Atlantic Ave (Boerum Hill). It's excellent, but you'd have to ask them about what's inside.