February 3 – Carrot Cake Day


About the Holiday

We all know that carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is yummy, but did you know that this scrumptious treat has a long and interesting history—and that it was even part of the war effort during World War II?  Long ago sugar was not as plentiful or affordable as it is today. Since the Middle Ages, carrots have been used as a substitute for sugar because of their natural sweetness. During WWII, when many items were scarce, sugar was rationed. The government and bakers helped create recipes using carrots to sweeten breads, cakes, and muffins—and these delicious treats are still popular today! If you’re not already a fan, why not try a carrot cake muffin—and if you are…Enjoy!

The Carrot Seed

Written by Ruth Krauss | Illustrated by Crockett Johnson


Whether you’re reading this classic story for the first time or the hundredth, its quiet celebration of persistence never dims. A little boy plants a carrot seed, and one by one his family tells him that “it won’t come up.” Despite their doubt, the little boy waters the seed and weeds the garden every day. When the seed doesn’t sprout, the boy’s family again tells him it won’t come up.


Image courtesy of Harper Collins

But the little boy has patience and belief on his side. He continues to tend his small garden, and one day he is rewarded—with a carrot big enough to feed his family and probably the neighborhood!

Ruth Krauss’s simple text, paired with Crockett Johnson’s well-known minimalist art in tones of yellow, brown, and white, provides just the right note of suspense to the waiting process and surprise when the bright orange carrot makes its appearance.

Ages 1 – 5

HarperCollins, New York, 2004

Paperback ISBN: 978-0064432108  |  Board book ISBN: 978-0694004928

Carrot Cake Day Activity

CPB - Carrot Cake puzzle

Which Carrot Made Each Muffin?


Oh Dear! The carrots and the muffins are all jumbled up! Can you discover which carrot went into making each carrot cake muffin baked especially for today’s holiday? Print the Carrot Cake Muffin page and find out!

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