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National Carrot Cake Day

National Carrot Cake Day

About National Carrot Cake Day

When is National Carrot Cake Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 3

Calling all cake lovers. Today is National Carrot Cake Day.  This February 3 holiday is going to be delicious. Sweet, dense, and moist carrot cake is among the most popular of all cakes. And rumor has it, this is Bugs Bunny’s favorite cake. You may think of this cake for Easter, Thanksgiving, and other holidays. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to know that it is also popular any day of the year.

Carrot cakes emerged during the Middle Ages. During Medieval times, sugar and sweeteners were scarce. However, carrots which are sweet, were inexpensive and readily available. People began to grind them and put them into cakes and frosting. However, it wasn’t until much later that carrot cake recipes showed up in cookbooks. A carrot cake recipe showed up in an English cookbook in 1764. In 1827, it appeared in a French recipe cookbook. Early colonists brought the recipe to America.

Carrots are healthy for you. So, doesn’t it stand to reason, that when you eat this high carb, high cholesterol, calorie-ladened cake, you are eating healthy!?

In addition to orange carrots, there are purple, black, and, white and yellow cultivars. So, select your favorite color and make this cake today. 

Did You Know? We all eat the orange part of the carrot that’s grown underground. Yet, the tops are edible and tasty, too.

About Carrot Cake Recipes

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of carrot cake recipes. The basic recipes include ground carrots, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, along with other common cake ingredients. Cream cheese frosting is the most common and often includes carrots, too. Nuts are also common in the cake batter, or as a decoration on top of the frosting. Many of the recipes include marzipan carrots spaced on the cake so it is on top of each piece of cake when sliced.

How to Celebrate National Carrot Cake Day

It’s fun and easy to participate in National Carrot Cake Day. Here are some ideas.

  • Eat carrot cake!
  • Make one from scratch. There are many variations to the basic recipe. Try this one: Carrot Cake Recipe.
  • Buy one at the store. 
  • Have a piece for lunch at a restaurant.
  • Bring a cake to work to share with co-workers.
  • Give a cake to a neighbor or friend. 

Today's Quote

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – – Jim Davis

History and Origin of National Carrot Cake Day

We traced the roots of this holiday to 2012. We found no earlier references to this holiday. Amazingly, we have not yet identified the creator of this holiday. However, it’s pretty obvious the originator loves carrot cake. We hope you do, too!

These cakes are very popular for Easter, Thanksgiving, and many other holidays. But, it is also enjoyed any time of the year. We speculate that the date of February 3 was chosen to encourage us to enjoy this cake at any time of the year.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. There are no congressional records or presidential proclamations. 

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.

More February 3 Holidays

Here is another February 3 holiday to celebrate and enjoy:

Feed the Birds Day  

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