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Mike R. Feb 10, 2013 03:51 PM

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?

  1. janie Feb 11, 2013 07:39 PM

    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
      jen kalb Feb 11, 2013 07:56 PM

      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. jen kalb Feb 11, 2013 07:53 PM

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

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        italianyc84 Feb 12, 2013 05:45 AM

        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
          Sluggo1407 Feb 16, 2013 06:08 AM

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

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          StrandedYankee Feb 12, 2013 09:17 AM

          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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            Mike R. Feb 12, 2013 09:02 PM

            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.
              jen kalb Feb 13, 2013 03:46 AM

              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.
              http://www.nuts.com/nuts/walnuts/blac...

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                Mike R. Feb 14, 2013 09:00 AM

                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.
                  jen kalb Feb 14, 2013 10:23 AM

                  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.

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            Babst Mar 10, 2013 01:46 PM

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

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