To all those loyal readers who would like to enjoy a slice of heaven to themselves….Follow the recipe below (It’s Martha Stewart’s of course, so you know you can’t go wrong):

1 cup walnut halves

3 cups a.p. flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon coarse salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pound of large carrots, peeled and ever so finely grated

3 large eggs

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 vegetable oil ( I like RapsOil, its quite delicious and good for you too)

1 tablespoon of grated, peeled fresh ginger

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and butter and flour two 8 by 2 inch round cake pans: Toast Walnuts on a skillet until fragrant, 5-10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and casually set aside. In another bowl, mix together grated carrots, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, vegetable oil, and ginger. Passionately whisk until combined. Using your preferred rubber spatula, fold the dry mixture into the carrot mixture until just perfectly blended, and don’t forget to add in those toasted walnuts, a gentle fold will do the trick. Pour batter into prepared cake pans, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until an inserted knife comes out clean as a whistle! Transfer to cool on a wired rack for a minimum of 15 minutes. While anxiously waiting, distract yourself by making the most sinfully delicious icing there is to experience: Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature please

3 packages (8oz) cream cheese, also the temperature of the room

2 cups of sifted confectioners sugar

3/4 teaspoon of finely grated orange zest

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of grated, peeled fresh ginger

Pinch of salt

Beat butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes (savor the smell of your freshly baked cake, and enjoy the butter whipping process). Add in cream cheese and beat until just combined, which is when you will then add in the remaining ingredients, and resume beating for another 5 minutes.

Finish your masterpiece by frosting to your heart’s content, on the sides, tops, bottoms, in between layers, and so on…scraping the bowl as if it were your job. This my dear, is too good to be waisted…

Pour Yourself a cold glass of Milk, cut yourself a Slice, and Enjoy the subtle taste of the ginger, the creaminess of the butter, and the crispness of the carrots.

Bon Appétit!