Carrot cake sweet even without icing

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Briana Williams, Avieanna Medina, and Phares Lewis measure ingredients for carrot cake during week 7 of the fall 2016 My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program at LaSalle Academy.

The children are always in a good mood when they arrive for class, but this week they seemed exceptionally happy. Desire Torres took a couple minutes to enjoy her snack but then wanted to get right to work. We told the children we had good news and bad news - no onions this week but lots of carrots to peel and shred. They were happy with the trade off.

Well this meal was a hit! They cleaned their plates and decided this was the meal they would cook next week for their families. Leila Waites thought it tasted like heaven on earth! Before tasting the carrot muffins, someone suggested adding the cream cheese icing next week for our guests. But as soon as we tasted them, we immediately decided they were already sweet enough without the icing.

-- Maureen Barrett and Mariann Owens