My mom is here! My mom is here! My mom is here!
I don’t know who’s happiest that my mom is staying with us for a month – my kids, me, or even my husband. We’re all thrilled to have her here, and I wanted to welcome her with one of her favorite treats. Now, my mom is much more disciplined than I am, and will claim to be “just so full!” after nibbling on half of a bagel or a side salad with a light vinaigrette. God bless her. But she does like an occasional treat, and carrot cake is one of her favorites.
I omitted the raisins, because: gross. But the walnuts got to stay.
You all know that I have a beloved carrot cake recipe, so it was hard to stray from that, but the ginger mascarpone frosting made it so, so worthwhile. I followed the instructions for this recipe (from Foolproof) very carefully, hand-grating the carrots (which I might have had to do anyway, since the food processor died and I hadn’t received the replacement yet), and sifting the dry ingredients. It still fell in the middle, but not much. And I’m stuck on a 9×13 cake because layer cakes intimidate the everliving raisins out of me.