Gâteau aux Carottes
Wait a second, why is the title in French you ask? Well this weeks selection for Sweet and Stout gets it’s fancy flavor from Dogfish Head Brewery’s Raison D’Etre. While it’s not a french beer, the name is, and it means “reason to be” or as I’m finding on other sites, “reason for existance”.
I chose this beer because it’s a dark Belgian style brewed with beet sugar and raisins, a perfect pairing for a carrot cake, in my opinion. You can definitely taste the raisins as well as some other fruits as you’re taking a sip of this beer. It was kind of sweet, and after a few sips, I decided I liked it. I’m sure it helped that the ABV is 8%. Why are all the tasty beers so strong?
On to the cake! Poor Dylan got volunteered to grate carrots. Do you have any idea the amount of carrots that go into this cake? About 6 cups worth, that’s how much! The thing is, I thought I had 2 graters, turns out I only had one. The next time we make this cake, I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing all the grating.
This was my first time ever making a carrot cake and didn’t make a very pretty looking batter, but they really did turn out to be quite delicious. I never really knew I liked carrot cake until recently. I’m sad I’ve been missing out on eating this kind of cake for so many years.
Of course, we topped these off with the traditional cream cheese frosting. This time I made a bit more frosting so that we could use our frosting-cake-decorator thing and make it look all pretty for you!