My memories in a cake


I love cake. I know you love cake too. But why do we love cake so much?I have a theory.

Smells and flavours work together and have an enormous power. They allow us to travel in time, but always to the past. When we eat a slice of cake, we travel directly to our first memories. Our childhood memories. When I eat a good cake, I remember the smell of my grandma’s kitchen and other peaceful and emotional places.

Cake is a comfort food. Maybe the best one.

I love cakes and I love desserts. Give me a dessert and I will show you a true smile. Also, I love cooking and that’s what we Brazilians call “the union of hunger with the desire to eat”. 

I am proud of my carrot cake. Not too sweet, amazing smell, best flavour. It’s the recipe that showcases my best performance in the kitchen – I’m not a chef, remember that. I use my cooking moments for fun and a kind of therapy.

Could easily be #thebestcarrotcake. You can believe that.
Could easily be #thebestcarrotcake. Believe me.

For years, I have tried to find the ideal recipe: books, magazines, internet. And I’ve never found it. My solution was to follow the French chemist Antoine Lavoisiernothing is createdeverything is transformed. I messed up with some cakes until found my ideal recipe.

And I don’t have any pleasure in keeping the formula to myself. Firstly, it’s very simple. Secondly, if my carrot cake is good for me, I want to share the same happiness with other people. This cake experience that  takes me to the first years of my life. Wonderful years.

Separate the ingredients and measure for prep
Separate the ingredients and measure for prep
3 carrots, chopped
3 eggs
1 cup (not too full) of oil
3 cups of flour (sifted)
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
Drops of vanilla essence (if you want)
Blend everything, pour the mixture in a cake pan greased with butter and a bit of flour. Take it to the pre-heated oven at 180 degrees.
2 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of chocolate powder (can be cacao powder)
2 cups of sugar
Pour everything in a pan. Use low/medium heat. Stir it in only one direction – clockwise or counterclockwise until it turns into batter and it is possible to see the bottom of the pan (around 3, 4 minutes).
An expression of comfort and love anywhere around the world
An expression of comfort and love anywhere around the world

 I’m a journalist living abroad since 2015. I’ve never written about me or “my food”. It’s the first time, but this carrot cake deserves it. I’m so far from the place I was born and cakes give me just old and good memories. With great power comes great responsibility. If food is love – and I believe it is – cakes are the heart.

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