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KITCHEN DIVA: Try some cupcake-making tips from Betty Crocker | Community Living

While Betty Crocker is often associated with 1950s happy homemaking, she originally belonged to a different generation. Created in 1921 as a “friend to homemakers” for the Washburn Crosby Company (a forerunner to General Mills) in Minneapolis, her purpose was to answer consumer mail. “She” was actually the women of the Home Service Department who signed Betty’s name.

Eventually, Betty Crocker’s local radio show on WCCO expanded, and audiences around the nation tuned her in, tried her money-saving recipes and wrote Betty nearly 5,000 fan letters per day.

“Your talks … have given me hope,” wrote one listener to the

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The Dessert Diva makes Carrot Patch Cake just in tme for Easter

Dessert Diva, Danette Randall, joins Gayle Guyardo in the BLOOM Kitchen to make a delicious Carrot Patch Cake.

CARROT PATCH CAKE

2 cups whole wheat flour ( or all purpose)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sour cream

2 eggs (room temp)

3-4 bananas peeled and mashed in bowl ( 3 if small, 4 if larger- I used 4)

1 cup shredded carrots ( approx. 1 1/2 large carrots)

1 cup toasted walnuts ( place on baking pan in 350 oven

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