I wasn’t a huge carrot cake fan growing up. I can probably count on one hand (or more specifically three fingers) how many times I’ve eaten it. I think it just weirded me out that a vegetable (though I do love carrots) was put into something decadent and fatty like a cake. Or maybe it’s because it’s usually served with cream cheese (yuck) frosting… yeah. That’s probably why I didn’t like it.
But after my friend Kerri, who is quite an avid baker herself, made some carrot cake (without cream cheese frosting, thank goodness!) I decided that it’s not that bad after all. I think mainly because she had an awesome recipe with a secret ingredient!
Now this secret ingredient totally revolutionized carrot cake for me! I had never thought the pairing of the carrots and this secret ingredient could result in such a yummy cake! 🙂 I found some recipes that called for a number of different things. Some asked for raisins. Some for walnuts. Among a number of other things. I decided to use Kerri’s recipe, which kept things simple.
But the exciting part was adding in the secret ingredient which is… PINEAPPLES! Crazy, right? Yummy yummy pineapples! It gives it a nice sweetness and tartness and moistness. 🙂
And I actually made this recipe twice, which is very rare for me. (This means I really liked this recipe and you should REALLY try it sometime) The first time I made cupcakes and the second time I made a really pretty bundt cake (but alas! No pictures of that one.)
If you really want the recipe, then let me know! I am more than willing to email it to you. 🙂