Eating carrot cake for breakfast might be socially unacceptable…but eating Carrot Cake Coffee Cake is totally allowed!
Do you decorate Easter eggs? As a kid, I remember getting those Easter egg dying kits from the store and decorating eggs a couple of times. For some reason, decorating eggs wasn’t really my thing. (We did have epic Easter egg hunts in my Grandma’s backyard, but that’s different. Those eggs were stuffed with chocolate…and if we were lucky, a $1 bill.) I was thinking about decorating eggs with Robbie this year, and that made me start thinking about where this whole decorating eggs tradition came from.
Eggs are common symbols in a number of cultures as they represent birth and new life. This kinda makes sense as Easter is in the Spring, and the Spring is all about new life. But here’s the thing. Archaeologists have found painted ostrich eggs dating back 60,000 years. Kinda cool, huh? So decorating eggs actually connects us with our cavemen roots!
Speaking of cavemen, did you know that they learned how to bake sourdough bread by just leaving the dough out on a warm rock? The bread attracted wild yeast spores which then caused the dough to rise. I am fascinated with the history of baking! I’m also fascinated with the idea of eating all the breads. While this Carrot Cake Coffee Cake isn’t a bread per se, it’s still a delicious baked treat. I’ve loved coffee cakes for years, and I really enjoy adapting coffee cakes to fit the different seasons. As Easter is carrot cake season, I figured it was high time for my coffee cake to meet it’s carrot cake cousin. And the result is perfect for Easter morning!
I know folks can be kinda particular about carrot cake, but for me, a good carrot cake needs 3 things. (Well, 4 things if you count the carrots…but that goes without saying, right?) 1) Walnuts. 2) Cream cheese frosting. 3) Raisins. (Although, truth be told, I can forego the raisins and still be happy. I don’t love raisins in general, but I feel like they go well in carrot cake.) So armed with these 3 ideas, I adapted my go-to coffee cake recipe to give it a Carrot Cake Coffee Cake flair.
If you’re looking for a tasty Easter treat, then this Carrot Cake Coffee Cake needs to appear on your kitchen counter! It might be socially frowned upon to eat carrot cake for breakfast, but coffee cake is totally acceptable. So bake this Carrot Cake Coffee Cake and serve it up for breakfast tomorrow…if it lasts that long! Enjoy, my friends!
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