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This is a mildly sweet cake. I love sweet desserts just as much as anybody else but sometimes it is nice to have a sweet treat that doesn’t leave you begging for a tall glass of nut milk. Chock full of buttery walnuts, sweet and tart cranberries then cloaked in a luscious home-style vanilla bean icing…. perfect.
I have to say that I had a ton of fun with this recipe. I pulled the cake out of the fridge, sat it down before on the counter and all of a sudden my mind was flooded with all sorts of ideas as to what I could do with it. Again, this one of the bonuses when creating raw foods. They are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways.
To start out, I made this recipe intending it to be a cake. I had these grand ideas of covering the outside with a nice thick frosting and decorating the top with carrot flowers. I didn’t end up doing that as my mind was quickly shifted by the fact that there are only two of us in this household. And I knew a whole cake couldn’t be eaten in time.
So without any thought, I started cutting it into single serving pieces. Therefore, I don’t have any pictures of it as a typical cake, but I am sure that you can imagine how it looked.
I pulled the icing out the fridge that I had made the night before and started to drizzle some on top. In those split seconds, I thought that this cake batter could be used for creating parfaits. “Good grief girl, slow down. We are not even finished making it look like a bar.” And yes, I do talk to myself. :)
After making some decorated bars I dived right into making parfaits. I had seven tall glasses that were perfect. About three-quarters into making those, I thought… cake pops! I can also make cake pops. By now I had completely given up on focusing on the task on hand and allowed my brain to be ten steps in front of me. Sometimes, it just isn’t worth the battle of arguing with myself. lol Parfaits… completed. And oooh so darn adorable!
I took some of the cake batter and started to crumble it into a bowl. Instantly, it reminded me of cereal. CAKE POPS Amie Sue CAKE POPS. OK, OK…. (shesh) I know standard cake pops are made with baked cake mashed together with Betty Crocker frosting… I grabbed the jar of icing and poured what was left of it into the cake crumbles. With my fingers, I start to mash it all together. I pulled my hands out and my fingers were twice their size, caked in batter. “Put your finger in your mouth… do it…now…” Nope…. “Dare ya?!” Can you hear the voices in my head? They were so loud. I refused the temptation and started rolling balls. They stuck together beautifully. Popped a stick in, rolled it in crushed pecans and had dessert number three was sitting in front of me.
Back to the cereal. I couldn’t shake the image. I had about 6 bars left, unadorned and feeling left out. I grabbed them and crumbled them onto the dehydrator sheet and popped it into the machine. About six hours later, I had a wonderful cereal on hand! Now seriously, you have to appreciate that… four recipes from one! So, I will leave you to your own imagination and let you decide on what path you want to take. Enjoy!
9 x 9″ pan (1 1/2″ thick)
This is pretty photo intensive… proceed at your own risk. :)
I am going to start with the bars. Cut into desired single serving sizes.
Allow the icing to pool on top of the bar, letting it naturally cascade over the edges.
Leave as is or decorate with whole or crushed pecans or walnuts.
Or adorn her it with a carrot corsage. :) I sprinkled shredded coconut in the center for “pollen”.
The carrot flower compliments the fresh carrots used in this recipe.
Next… Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfaits
This photo reminds me of a crime scene line up. Would you all face right…
Please face forward…
Will the real Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfait please step forward.
Be honest, who is guilty of being the best tasting Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Parfait?
Guilty! Book’m, then eat’m!
It appears we have a riot on our hands. I am easily entertained. haha
Next creation…Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Pops
Crumble the cake batter, mix in some icing and forms balls!
A final round-up of today’s Buttery Walnut Carrot Cake Bars, Parfait, & Cake Pop recipe.
Ok, so I fibbed, I found one more use… Cereal! Crumble the cake batter on a
dehydrator sheet and dry into cereal clusters. Serve with nut milk!