A piece of cake. How to win a girl’s heart by going through her family


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Carrot cake holds a very special place in our relationship, past and present. Granted as I type that phrase I’m thinking “Really, Really… that sounds absolutely absurd.” But, well its true.

The very first time I went over to my man’s house for dinner he cooked me up a delicious meal that ended with carrot cake. Since he is always a planner he, even made me a little carrot cake package to go. Two or three slices made it back to the States and to my aunties lips.

He couldn’t have planned the effect that those slices would have on our relationship.

Ever since my aunt was sure that he was a good guy (that also knew how to cook). To seal the deal the next time I visited Milan my future husband baked two carrot cakes, one especially for my aunt. From then on she insisted that he was the only guy I should be dating. (At the time, I was not so sure)

I think her rationale was that a man that would take the time to cook, bake, and beautiful wrap not just for me but also for my family, was a keeper… Never mind the other ones were sending over food baskets with some of my favorite goodies, flowers, and taking me out to expensive restaurants.

Fast forward a few years and carrot cake is a still a hot topic.

My husband is absolutely convinced that his carrot cake is the best in the world. Apparently just to prove it to himself, he will try just about every carrot cake he can get his hands on.  And well as you guessed it, after careful comparison his still holds first place.

Not only is the hubby convinced of the superiority of his product, but he is also convicted to his market research and its results. I’ll watch him as he tears off a piece. Checking the texture, how much oil is left on his hands… He’ll then sniff it. (At which point I’ll turn away thinking “Really, really honey…we are in public”). Finally he’ll taste it, then shake his head indicating it’s not up to par.

I find the whole performance pretty darn amusing. Besides, if this the extent of the inappropriate behavior, then I’ll keep on keeping him. Oh, and I have to admit he does make a really good carrot cake.

The irony of the whole thing is that his recipe isn’t really his recipe. Heaven forbid he diverge from the written rules of an established recipe. It’s a recipe he found in his dessert encyclopedia “Il mio corso di cucina – la pasticceria” (which translates into my cooking class – desserts) by Marianne Magnier Moreno.



1 c (180g) flour
1 tsp (4g) baking powder
1 tsp (4g) baking soda
1 tsp (4g) cinnamon
1 tsp (4g) pumpkin spice mix
1 tsp (4g) salt
3/4 c (140g) vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 c (210g) sugar
1/3 c (60g) apple sauce
1/2 lb. (225g) grated carrots (about 2-3 carrots)
1/3 c (50g) chopped walnuts
1/4 c (45g) raisins



1. Place raisins in water to cover.
2. Preheat oven to 350F (180 C).
3. Cut parchment paper to fit bread pan.
4. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Make a hole in middle of flour add oil.
5. Mix eggs, apple sauce and sugar in another bowl.
6. Add egg mixture into flour.
7. Drain raisins.
8. Fold in raisins, nuts, and carrots.
9. Pour mixture into bread pan.
10. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Insert toothpick to check doneness.
11. Remove from baking pan.
12. Cool for 15 – 20 minutes on cooling rack before serving.


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