Friday 17 October 2008

Waiting for Carrot Cake

Karen at Cornflower, when she does her Cornflower Book Group, always tries to bake something appropriate for the book in question. Inadvertently (or was it?) I did the same thing today - I spent the evening reading Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot... and then I made Carrot Cake Muffins. Those with good memories will recall that carrots feature in Waiting for Godot, along with turnips and radishes. I decided not to put turnips or radishes into the muffins...

My housemate has a rather exciting looking recipe book, which has 50 different muffin recipes (it's
called 1 Mix, 50 Muffins). She's made Jam Doughnut Muffins, and I thought I'd give these a whirl - in fact, most of the recipes in the book look wonderful. Think I'll give Crispy Bacon Muffins a miss, and will definitely avoid Crunchy Peanut Butter Muffins (yeuch) but plenty of other exciting ones to try.

The Carrot Cake
Muffins came out very nicely, since you ask, but I'm not so sure about the icing - I followed their directions of 75g cream cheese, 40g butter, 35g icing sugar... but it still tastes rather like I just spread cheese on them. Hmm... how to improve?

Oh, and Waiting for Godot? Utterly baffling, of course, but not in an irritating way. Even as I read it and realise I understand nothing and have to give a presentation on it, still I get a feeling for the feeling of the play, as it were. Something pretty special there, and a sacred cow which I will leave happily grazing in the field.


  1. Probably wise to avoid the turnips and radishes, and am I right in saying you don't like parsnips? They do make an excellent cake. But your muffins sound good and a fine accompaniment to that play! (Maybe the icing could do with more sugar).

  2. Those muffins look so good. I particularly like chocolate ones and blueberry as well. "Waiting for Godot" is a most frustrating story, best to eat at the same time, I think.

  3. Orange muffins with brown sugar glaze.

    A most excellent type of muffin. Enjoy.

  4. Simon, here's my cream cheese icing recipe.
    4 oz cream cheese
    1/4 c butter or marg
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 c icing sugar (or a little more if you need it)

  5. I think some lemon or orange juice plus some grated zest would do the trick!

  6. I think the bacon muffins and the crunchy peanut butter muffins sound great!! I'd like both - they're both good, intense flavors and are favorites of mine.

  7. Have you eaten all the coconut cake yet? Have you both been having a cake cooking frenzy while I've been away??! Rubbish!
    PS I believe Sarah can recite most of Waiting for Godot having typed it into her calculator at A level and tried to learn it off by heart in boring moments of maths...

  8. That's true, I can! You seem to have provoked me into leaving my first comment Mel! I'd forgotten that. Maths was so dull though- not that Lucky's speech was much better! All that "qua qua qua qua, divine apathia, divine aphasia" and so on. I prefer Waiting for Elmo- the Sesame Street version on You Tube!


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