June 1, 2022

When Life Gives You Carrots...

I was very excited recently to present my family with a 3-layer carrot cake...
drizzling with cream cheese frosting, exquisitely served on a beautiful cake plate.

I decided to try a new recipe- this cake would be a gluten-free, low carb version.

Into the oven went the three layers. A taste test revealing a delicious raw dough!

Timer set - the baking began.

 Upon its retrieval from the hot oven the cake appeared a bit thinner than usual,
 but still smelled and looked wonderful. As usual I let it cool before turning it out of the pans...

But that is where the dilemma began...
as hard as I tried - the stubborn cake would not budge!
 I tried the knife around the edge trick, the turn it upside down and bang on the pan routine,
 the re-warm the bottom of the pan try...but this cake was indeed stuck -
with no intention of coming out in anything close to one piece!

Salvaging even one intact layer let alone three was impossible...so... improvise I must. 
I began to earnestly scrape the cake out of the pans - noticing a slight, albeit unintentional,
 welcoming caramelization that occurred during the bake, each spoonful revealing that familiar
 carrot cake aroma.

 I would make this work!
 Instead of a 3-layer cake I would serve a "Deconstructed Carrot Cake Crumble" with
 a dollop of cream cheese icing on top. 

And you know what - it was absolutely the BEST carrot cake I have ever made or eaten!

It REALLY was!

Yes...I had to literally scrape it out of the pans, but when it was pried loose it was just delectable.

 And it was a good reminder to me that even the best laid plans, though they may not go the way we hoped, can be made good and maybe even better than we imagined.

 Just as God promises us - when bad things happen, He can use them to accomplish good... and even sweet and rich adventures in our lives.

Stay Cozy,



Unknown said...

Yup! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, when carrot cake sticks to the pan make carrot crumble. I'm sure it was delicious and you enjoyed it as much as you would have had it stayed intact.

Madeline's Album said...

It looks delicious. You created something good out of a cake stuck to the pans.

Ginny Hartzler said...

This looks even better than a regular cake!!!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

That is such a great story! I've been eatiing gluten free for over 10 years now and my most favorite of all carrot cake has been my gluten free one. My hubby and friends loved it too.. so much that when they were visiting once, I had to make another one! You did great, reccreating the "accidental" sticking to pan incident! I've now changed to NO GRAIN at all so only eating paleo, using almond and/or coconut flour, but one of these days I'm going to find another good/delicious paleo carrot cake! Marilyn

Billie Jo said...

My friend, how awesome are you?? What patience and ingenuity! It looks delicious, and I am certain it was! Have a cozy evening!

vivian said...

Sounds like you made a great save!

acorn hollow said...

wow it looks great and it was low carb? I would love the recipe.

Red Rose Alley said...

The carrot cake crumble looks Yummy, Carrie. There's nothing like carrot cake, and with a bit of frosting, it's even better. So glad you were able to work with this recipe and it turned out great!

Your words about best laid plans hit home for me. Just took a not so pleasant road trip, but in many ways, it turned out good.

I hope you have good June days, Carrie.


Marshad17 said...

I cant believe this is the first time I’ve visited your blog! It is beautiful, just like you. This cake!!! The fact that it’s GF is an added bonus for me. Can you share the recipe?? I want to make one!❤️

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