Carrot Cakes have been around for a least hundreds of years. Sugar and other common sweeteners were often too expensive to be purchased by the everyday pastry lovers, they were considered luxuries for the rich and royal. Carrots contain a natural sugar more substantial than most other vegetables and they were inexpensive and easy to come across, so they were often used to make sweet pastries. They have been popular throughout Europe for a long time, becoming more common during times of war and rationing. They became trendy in the United States during the 1970s and they have continued to be loved in the US and around the world to this day. Celebrate Carrot Cake Day by eating as much carrot cake as you want!