I have a smashing Carrot Cake recipe that became, more incredibly smashing! I first got it from the Regis and Kathie Lee Show. I think it was called Heidi's Incredible Carrot Cake. She won the cooking contest on the show with this recipe, where she just dumps all the yummies into the mixer, mixes, then pours the batter into pans to be baked.
However, I was out of one of the special extra ingredients, raisins. What to substitute? If it weren't for my watching Chopped on Food Network all the time, I might not have ventured into the adventurous, but when I found candied ginger from Colonial Williamsburg in my baking cupboard, I thought, "why not?"
I chopped it up rather finely and added it to the batter. I had also found a storage bag full of cinnamon and confectioner's sugar from dipping baked pfefferneuse last Christmas. I'm on a spring cleaning binge, so I dumped that into the frosting.
My cakes are the prettiest, but sometimes they're the yummiest. The additional flavors of the cinnamon and ginger were delicious!