Wild Carrot Cake

Wild carrot cake

a Queenly cake! Decorated by my friend Brook Brown! So Beautiful!!!

Wild Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour, I used a Gluten Free Cake flour from Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1/2 teaspoonSalt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Grated Carrots. ½ cup of grated wild carrot root (from first year rosette)
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  • For Icing
  • 1 stick Butter, Softened
  • 1 package(8 Oz) Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Queen Anne’s Lace jelly
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 cup Plantain Seeds

Preheat oven to 350F

Mix together the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. In another bowl sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture and combine. Then add carrots and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured pan (bundt, sheet cake, 9 x 13 pyrex) and bake at 350F until done, 25 (sheet cake) to 50 (Bundt pan) minutes, depending on the pan you use.

Cool completely.

In larger bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla and blend, then mix in the nuts. Spread on cooled carrot cake.  Decorate with edible flowers.

Queen Annes Lace is one of my favorite wild edibles.  The flowers are mostly what I like to consume. The root however is a carrot.  Being a biennial it needs to be harvested in the first year when it is still tender and carroty.  The second year, the energy has shot up the hairy legs of the Queen and is busy making flowers and seeds, thus the root is woody and not edible or palatable.