I was talking about different types of desserts in one of my kids classes today, and I was shocked at the response to carrot cake. When I told the kids what it was, the response from most of the kids was “Ehhhhh!!!” (surprise). Followed by a chorus of “Iyadas” (いやだ) which is what I like to think of as a Japanese “Hell naw!” But I guess it makes sense though. Vegetables and cake aren’t the first connections that I’d put together in my mind. For the rest of the day I was curious to find out just how many people at work had ever tried carrot cake. Much to my surprise, of all the staff and students that I asked, I’d say 98% had never tried carrot cake before! びっくりした！
After thinking about it a while, though, I wonder how popular carrot cake would actually be in Japan, it’s just so sweet, it’s kind of heavy (as far as cakes go) and so fattening. It’s the complete opposite of the standard Japanese okashi. This is really something to think about though. With American fast food restaurants like KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc., really making their mark here in Japan, maybe it’s only a matter of time before Japan’s tastes change.
I know it’s not healthy, but Christmas and carrot cake kind of go together in the Ash Family household stateside. As for now, though, I think that pretty much dashes my hopes of getting a good homemade slice of carrot cake this holiday season…gosh darn it!!! I LOVE carrot cake, that moist nutty bread, that sweet goodness, that artery-clogging, sweet to my soul, cream cheese frosting. You know what? I’d better end this post here before I make myself hungry or homesick or something.
Thanks for reading
P.S.-What’s your favorite holiday season dessert? Let’s see who can give the most mouth-watering description of your favorite Christmas Dessert…
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