Did I Do Something Wrong?

Decorating By Chelle06 Updated 14 Feb 2009 , 6:01pm by annacakes

Chelle06 Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:08pm
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I baked a carrot cake for the first time yesterday, completely from scratch, from a recipe I found on here. I got everything ready today to do the filling and frosting, so I started to torte... took the top layer off and there's green spots in my cake! the carrots turned green! does anyone know why this could have happened? I'm at a complete loss as to why or how... I know it's not mold, and it tastes good. but I can imagine some people would be turned away from my baking if they cut a slice of cake and it's green LOL

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annacakes Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:19pm
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I have seen this before in my own carrot cakes. Don' know why it happens but sure would like to know. In my opinion it didn't affect the flavour.


ThatsHowTcakesRolls Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:32pm
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I haven't had any experience with this myself but came across this information online somewhere...Could be your explanation...

It's the peel that turns I believe, so if you peel and then shred you should be fine.

I also found this explanation:
The reason for this discoloration is the recipe has too much baking
soda or the soda was not mixed in evenly. The color pigments in these
foods are sensitive to pH changes. When these acidic foods are mixed
into an alkaline batter, the color change occurs This can also happen
with sunflower seeds and walnuts may turn blue. While this may not
look pretty, the product is still edible.

Good Luck!

prterrell Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:39pm
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Wow! I've never heard of that happening before! Learn something new every day!

maggiev777 Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:42pm
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That is wild! I've never had that happen, but I HAVE seen blue walnuts as mentioned in the quote above and I wondered and wondered about those crazy things. Thanks for the info, very helpful.

As for your carrot cake.... any chance you can rebake and just let your family eat the green one?!

Wing-Ding Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 9:53pm
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I think my son would say that it was magic! Great info!

summernoelle Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 10:01pm
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That's happened to me, too! The first time, m DH refused to eat it. The next time, he shrugged it off. So funny!

Win Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 10:06pm
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It's the peel that turns I believe, so if you peel and then shred you should be fine.

Yep, that's it. Absolutely peel carrots first. However, walnuts are a hit and miss kind of thing... have had them turn in my banana bread one time and then not the other. icon_cry.gif

summernoelle Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 10:17pm
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Mine were with the preshredded carrots from the store-do they not peel those?

newnancy Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 12:20pm
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How interesting! I never would have thought of that. Glad to know.

annacakes Posted 14 Feb 2009 , 6:01pm
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tbroskoski - well, I'll be darned. I figured it was something like that - something to do with the acids - but I wasn't sure. I will also run this by my Instructor at Pastry class. He knows everything in the world about pastry and baking - we'll see what he has to say too.

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