Nov 12, 2012

Vintage Monday - Mystery Carrot Cake

Once again I lost all of my favourite links. It's fair to say it's the third time it happens. Or fourth. You know that once is bad luck, twice is stupidity, I wonder what the name for fourth is. Now, I finally devised a way to back them up. So all my favourite blogs gone, I'm starting all over again.
The silver lining is that each time it happens, it's like spring cleaning my blog roll. Like most of us, because I know I'm not alone here, the favorites folder evolved into so many sub-folders that it was quite impossible to even know which ones were there anymore. 

Being at the right place at the right time, with a camera of course. Take a look at these pics.

This can very well be me on a plane. Especially the last quote.

Do you want to know what the bar code for your name is? Or any other name? Like you have nothing better to do on a monday, I know.

Have a few empty paint cans and are about to throw them out? If you're into do-it-yourself home improvement projects, which really is not my thing, this idea might come in handy.

Now let's talk about serious stuff. All last week there were posts everywhere talking about ways to help those affected by the now famous for all the wrong reasons Sandy.
Under the hashtag #WeCare my friends Liz, Lora and Dennis, among others, have joined their voices in the hope that it will help spread the word about where to help.

Since natural tragedies affect the whole planet all the time, I think the idea is to help whatever is happening near your home. Even if you live oceans from where the hurricane passed, chances are there's someone close by who needs your help. So let's care year round and make life easier for those who need it now. Someday it might be us.

When it comes to gifts from the kitchen it's hard to beat the ideas that were thrown on yesterday's Sunday Supper table. The list of recipes is amazing. 
You can find anything from homemade Kahlua to Cherry and Vanilla extract, or goodies in a jar such as pancakes, soups and cookies and even bread. It's a good idea to check the rest of the list because you´re bound to find the gift you were looking for.

The vintage recipe today makes use of the sauce I made yesterday. Do you remember the famous chocolate mayonnaise cake? I used to make it all the time when I was a teenager. It gets points for simplicity, since you don´t use butter or oil. Guess what the mystery ingredient is here? It makes such a moist and yummy cake. Another good one to file.

adapted from a Hellmann´s ad, circa 1981

Note: the apricot pineapple sauce can be substituted by same amount of crushed pineapple.


For the cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 cups coarsely grated carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

For the cream cheese frosting:
½ cup unsalted butter, room tº
1 cup cream cheese, room tº
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs rum
Sliced toasted almonds, to garnish


For the cake: Preheat oven to 350ºF / 180ºC. Butter or spray a 9-inch round cake pan.
Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and reserve.
In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, mayonnaise and apricot sauce until a bit fluffy, about 2 mintues. Add sifter dry ingredients and mix just to combine.
Add carrots and walnuts with a spatula. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.
Spread the top with cream cheese frosting and garnish with sliced almonds.

For the cream cheese frosting: In a medium bowl mix all ingredients with electric mixer until very smooth. 


  1. I like your philosophy of caring all year round, it is so true :)
    Time to celebrate with your delish cake!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Mayonnaise?! Sounds bizarre - I'm fascinated as to how this tasted although I guess I can see how it could add lovely moisture...

  3. I adore a good carrot cake. It's at the very top of my list of favorite cakes. Yours looks moist and delicious. I've heard of adding mayonnaise to cakes, but admittedly, I've never tried it. Send me a piece and I'll tell you what I think. ;)

  4. I love carrot cake, so this sounds awesome to me.

  5. Lovely cake.. and cute links, I now have my barcode:D

  6. Most fun post ever! Love all the links, especially the flight journal! W have all felt that way. And to be able to take photos like that? I would love to be able to do that. And then to have it all followed up with carrot cake? Total bonus! ~ David

  7. This looks great. I have yet to try a cake made with mayo. It must add quite a bit of moisture.

  8. Fun post, Paula. Love the airplane trip bit - so funny!

  9. Mystery carrot cake sounds perfect to me! I love that you added in the apricot pineapple rum sauce, that sauce sounds AWESOME! Your cake looks wonderful, Hugs, Terra


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