Jun 11

J Alexander’s Warm Carrot Cake

J Alexander’s is a chain restaurant with its headquarters located in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s food and decor are very similar to the Houston’s chain both having an upscale modern casual feel with comfort food and usually excellent well trained servers. The portions at J’s are always on the larger side and this includes it’s dessert offerings.
As cake goes, I am a big fan of the carrot variety. J’s made inhouse take on this classic is a single layer cake with a recipe that includes carrots of course but also raisins, pineapple, and walnuts. On top is a whipped cream cheese icing. The dish is served warm which just adds to the flavor, texture and aroma. This cake is one of my favorites. It is a large sumptuous serving brimming with carrot flavor. The carrots aren’t stringy pieces just placed there so the dish can be called “carrot cake” as so many others do. Also present are flavors of the raisins and pineapple which subtlety provide sweetness and make the cake moist. The buttery whipped cream cheese icing has just enough sweetness and creamieness not to overpower the cake. This is a great dish from the first to last bite and is big enough to share but you won’t want to. Therefore it gets 9 stars for the “Is it good” category. Now for the not so good news which I’m sure you were hoping wasn’t true so you could eat this all day/everyday. 520 calories per slice with 27 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 510 mg of sodium, 63 grams of carbs, 36 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein. Actually, this could be worse. It’s a big slice so I was surprised it was only 520 calories. For a reference Morton’s cheesecake is 1497 calories per slice(and very tasty). Therefore for the “Is it good for you” category J’s carrot cake gets 2 hearts out of ten.

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