Carrot Cake

[wcm_nonmember]<!– –><div style="text-align: center"><!– –><img src="https://cdn.sorted.club/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Bucket-List-graphic.png" alt="" scale="0" style="max-width: 30%; margin-top: 20px"><!– –><!– –><h2><!– –>Unlock this Story<!– –></h2><!– –><p style="padding-bottom:25px"><!– –>Stories from the 'Bucket List' book are only available to members<!– –></p><!– –><a class="et_pb_button" background-color: #ffffff"<!– –>href="/product/digital-club-membership/">join the club</a><!– –></div><!– –><!– –>[/wcm_nonmember]<!– –><!– –>[wcm_restrict]<!– –><!– –><div class="page" title="Page 44"><!– –><div class="section"><!– –><div class="layoutArea"><!– –><div class="column"><!– –><!– –><p>Jay’s mum is notoriously terrible at making cakes. Particularly chocolate cakes, which would always break her heart – although she’d always still eat them because chocolate cake is Jay’s absolute weakness. When her mum got some recipes passed down from someone she knew at work, <b>Jay wasn’t expecting amazing results</b>, so it was a pretty huge surprise that this one came out well. It was actually insanely good.</p><!– –><!– –><p>It was the first carrot cake she had ever tried, and it was <b>perfectly moist</b> and the flavours were so not what she expected. Jay heard carrot and she expected it to be carroty but it wasn’t. She thinks the best way she could describe it was that it tasted warm — not in the literal sense (her mum followed the recipe and let it cool of course) – but it <b>made you feel warm inside</b>. With a hint of cinnamon and ginger and the toasted nutty flavour, complimented by the slight tang of the<!– –>cream cheese frosting.</p><!– –><!– –><p>Jay ended up winning her school Bake Off competition with this cake (which she got her mum to bake for her). She gave her mum the certificate and pocketed the prize money for herself. The person her mum got the recipe from also made her promise to never share the recipe with anyone but here it is, 15 years later in a cookbook.</p><!– –><!– –><p>Jay’s mum now makes it for the village country market, so sometimes when she’s home and her mum’s made some, she’ll save a bit and Jay will dig in and be transported back to that first try. The first thing they talk about in the morning is usually food, because her mum is normally cooking something up or prepping something for later. Nowadays there’s more of that because she cooks for the market, which makes visiting home all the better.</p><!– –><!– –><p><b>The cake completely reminds Jay of home</b>, and it goes back to that warm feeling. It makes you feel all fuzzy inside and that you’re being taken care of. When her mum first made it and Jay was in school, it was a time when those home comforts were all she knew, and now she looks upon so fondly after moving out.</p><!– –><!– –><p>This recipe sticks to the one Jay knows and loves. It even has the walnuts on top, even though she’s not the biggest fan of them. They add to the presentation along with one addition – candied carrots cooked in a sugar syrup that’s reduced down to a caramel. Top it all off with that <b>tangy cream cheese frosting</b>. Delicious (and it looks great).</p><!– –><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –></div><!– –><!– –>[/wcm_restrict]