The red food colouring used here has been an ingredient in ‘America’s favourite cake’ since shortly after its first appearance in Southern American cookery books in the late 1800s.
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Vegetables are often overlooked when it comes to sweet baking – which is a shame. Despite carrots having been used in cakes since Medieval times and carrot cake often voted the most popular in both Britain and America, experimentation with veg in baking often ends there
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