Indiana offers a scholarship to class of 2023 guard Gabe Cupps

The latest class of 2023 prospect to receive a scholarship offer is Centerville (Ohio) point guard Gabe Cupps. The 6-foot-2 Cupps reported the offer via his Twitter account on Tuesday evening: Thank you to Coach Woodson and his staff for …

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Guinness Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist and fluffy one-bowl Guinness chocolate sheet pan cake with silky brown sugar cream cheese frosting. A crowd pleasing dessert, perfect for St. Patrick’s day or any day of the year! We’re less than a week away from our next celebration day… St. Patrick’s day! I fun excuse for festive and sometimes boozy food. It’s […]

Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Learn how to make these chewy chocolate hazelnut cookies from scratch! Three types of chocolate go into the dough, which makes them taste incredibly rich, and their texture is similar to super fudgy brownies. With their extra indulgent flavors, nobody will ever guess they’re just 95 calories!

 

Best Easy Healthy Chewy Vegan Double Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

 
I’m partnering with Ghirardelli® to bring you today’s recipe! I absolutely LOVE their chocolate products, especially their chocolate bars and chocolate chips, and keep them in my pantry at all times. They’re so perfect for baking!

Last year, my grandma hosted Christmas at her house. As part of the holiday festivities, she planned to purchase a bûche de Noël, a traditional French cake roll decorated to look like a Yule log, from a local bakery for our Christmas dinner dessert.

Because of my brother’s egg allergy, I offered to bake him whatever he wanted as his own holiday dessert, so on Christmas Eve, he sat on a barstool at my kitchen island as I pulled out mixing bowls.
 

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“Could you make cookies?” he politely asked, intentionally trying to request something simple.

“Sure! Anything else?” I replied.

“Umm… Maybe brownies?” His eyes quickly lit up at the thought. “I haven’t had brownies in years… It’s basically impossible to find any egg-free ones where I live.”

I laughed and immediately agreed. Before reaching for flour and baking powder, I handed him a bowl and pointed out the “mix ins” section in my pantry, a shelf that held chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, and other fun things to stir into batters and doughs.

“Fill it with whatever you want in your desserts!” I declared.
 

Best Easy Healthy Low Calorie Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

 
A couple of hours later, dozens of freshly baked treats sat cooling on the countertops, the aroma of rich chocolate mixed with toasted nuts and a hint of cozy spices wafting through the air. As my brother took his first bite, the biggest smile broke out across his face…

So I offered to make that a new holiday tradition, where I bake him whatever eggless treats he’d like, so he can have his own special Christmas desserts!
 

Best Easy Healthy Eggless Double Dark Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Cookies

 
This year, I got a head start on that holiday baking… And I’ve already mailed him a batch of these Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies! They combine the best bits of last year’s treats — perfectly portioned cookies with a super moist and chewy, almost fudgy brownie-like texture — yet they’re completely eggless and dairy-free.

These fun cookies also include three types of chocolate, so they taste incredibly decadent and rich. Nobody will ever guess they’re lightened up — or just 95 calories!
 

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Stan Van Gundy: Zion Williamson Didn't Have Anything To Do With Dismissal

In his first public comments since he was fired as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, Stan Van Gundy said he doesn’t believe Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram or any other player contributed to his departure.

“I hate when it gets put on players that players are getting coaches fired and things like that. I think that makes players look bad and I don’t think that’s fair,” Van Gundy said on the “Stupodity” podcast. “Players certainly have the right to express their opinion to people and things like that but front offices and owners make decisions and they are the ones who make decisions to fire people. That should never be placed on players.

“I know this, regardless of what happened in that regard, Zion’s no coach killer. He’s a guy who is gonna help you win a lot of games. He plays the game the right way. One of the things I’ll miss is the opportunity to continue to coach him. He’s so unique in the way that he plays the game and the things that he can do, it really gets your mind spinning as a coach and you have a lot of possibilities in what you can do with him. That was fun to explore. I’m happy with what we did with Zion. I think we helped him. How anyone else felt about that would be up to them.”

College Basketball: Rating Individual 3FG%

My last post presented a model for predicting 3FG% based on a player’s ability, age, and role in the offense. A comment by DSMok1 inspired the model I will present in this post. He writes:

I was considering how best to create an “equalized” measure of 3pt and 2pt % for college players, based on the opposition played and the usage percentage. In other words, I would create a notional percentage for each player based on a usage rate of 20%, playing NCAA-average opposition.

Do you think that you could do a similar regression for 2Pt%, and post it?

Although he specifically requested 2FG%, in this post I will present a model of college basketball 3FG% that controls for player ability, opponent strength, experience, and role in the offense.

The Data

To build this model I collected each player’s made and attempted three point field goals for every season from 2002-03 to 2008-09, and I kept only those player seasons that attempted at least 50 three point field goals. I separated this data by opponent, and I kept track of how often this player was in the data set as a proxy for that player’s experience.

Also, I calculated every player’s usage% for each season. Usage% is the percentage of his team’s possessions that the player can be considered responsible for, as defined by Dean Oliver in Basketball on Paper. Thus this usage% includes assists, and it is constructed using Dean’s formulas for the NBA from his book.

The Model

With this data I fit the following model:

Pr({tt 3FG make}) = {tt logit}^{-1}(alpha + beta_{1}({tt usage}) + beta_{2}({tt experience}) + beta_{3}({tt long}))

This logistic regression was fit as a multilevel model to allow the intercept to vary by player and opponent. This allows us to estimate player ability while controlling for opponent strength. In this model long indicates if the attempt is from the 2008-09 season in which the NCAA moved the three point line back to 20 feet 9 inches from 19 feet 9 inches.

The Results

The average player results are as follows:

  • Coefficients: alpha = -0.490, beta_{1} = -0.557, beta_{2} = 0.028, beta_{3} = -0.034. The p-values for testing if the true values of these parameters are equal to zero are all less than 0.01.
  • Usage: The coefficient for usage, beta_{1} = -0.557, suggests that for each additional 1% in an individual’s usage% the odds the individual makes a 3FG attempt are decreased by 0.55%. As we would expect, this suggests that a player that increases their usage from 20% to 21% would expect to see their odds of making a 3pt FG attempt decrease by 0.55%
  • Experience: The coefficient for experience, beta_{2} = 0.028, suggests that for each one year increase in experience the odds the individual makes a 3FG attempt is increased by 2.8%.
  • Long: The coefficient for the longer 3pt distance, beta_{3} = -0.034, suggests that the odds of making a 3pt shot from the longer distance are 3.3% lower than the odds of making a 3pt shot at the shorter distance.

Player Estimates

This model fit helps us cut through the noise and estimate a player’s ability against league average opponents. As the graphs below show, there is a lot of uncertainty in a player’s individual 3FG% in any one season. Further compounding these yearly results is the fact that players face different levels of competition, and they may take on a larger role in their team’s offense as they gain experience.

The first graph I will present is that of Davidson’s Stephen Curry:

Stephen Curry: Estimated 3FG% Ability in College

This graph shows Stephen’s estimated ability as a function of experience (the x-axis) and usage (blue=10% usage, black=20% usage, and red=30% usage). Below the x-axis you will see the actual usage% for each season to go along with the average percentile ranking of opponent 3FG% defense, where 50% represents average, >50% above average, and <50% below average opponents. The black dots and associated lines extending from these dots represent the sample 3FG% for the season and the 95% confidence interval for the player’s true 3FG% ability during the season.

While Stephen ranks 11th in this model of all players from 2002-03 to 2008-09, current star of the College of Charleston, Andrew Goudelock, ranks a surprising 41st. His graph is below:

Andrew Goudelock: Estimated 3FG% Ability in College

Another player graph that may be of interest is Duke’s J.J. Redick:

J.J. Redick: Estimated 3FG% Ability in College

Translating to the NBA

Although this model helps us estimate a player’s ability in college, we’re ultimately interested in translating this to the NBA. There are a lot of highly ranked players that never play in an NBA game, as simply being able to shoot 3pt shots well isn’t enough to succeed in the NBA.

That said, the next step is to examine players that actually make it to the NBA and determine what this model says about their ability to shoot 3pt shots against that level of competition.

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Carrot Bundt Cake (With Cheesecake Filling)

Now that spring has sprung we have carte blanche to make endless variations of carrot cakes — but I’ve always been in the camp that a carrot cake can be good in any season, so if you’re reading this in summer, fall, or winter, I say you should still give it a go! I’ve made Carrot Cake in the Microwave, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, and even Carrot Cake Pancakes! But, I have never done one with cheesecake filling!

Inspired by my Good Cook 9.5 inch Nonstick Fluted Cake Pan, I’ve created the most impressive recipe for a Carrot Cake Bundt Cake with Cheesecake Filling! It sounds fancy, it looks fancy, but it could not be easier. I seriously love this carrot cake. Let me show you how.

The Best Way To Shred Carrots

The star of the show is the earthy sweet flavor provided by the carrots! I always use fresh carrots, then peel away the woody outside and grate them by hand. I like to do this with my GoodCook Cheese Grater as it makes the carrot come out nice and fine. You can always do this in a food processor with a grater attachment too.

Most importantly, use fresh carrots here! Do not be tempted to buy pre-grated carrots as they never have the same amount of flavor.

A slice of carrot cake Bundt Cake with a cheesecake filling.A slice of carrot cake Bundt Cake with a cheesecake filling.

Making A Moist Carrot Cake

In addition to the added moisture provided by the carrot, my Carrot Cake Bundt Cake includes crushed pineapple. This tropical flavor goes really well with the carrots and makes the carrot cake beyond moist. As if that wasn’t rich enough, I’ve taken this recipe above and beyond by adding in a cheesecake swirl. This is like a hidden gem in the middle of the cake as it’s baked right into the center!

Why Does Carrot Cake Go Well With Cream Cheese Frosting?

The cheesecake layer swirled throughout the Carrot Cake Bundt Cake is really complimented by my Cream Cheese Glaze. The rich and tangy cream cheese is classic and almost always paired with carrot cake. The spices and carrot are made lighter and creamier with the addition of cream cheese inside and on top of the bundt.

Is Carrot Cake Healthful?

Yes and no. While carrot cakes contain vegetables (and in the case of this recipe, also pineapple), it also contains a fair amount of sugar. Treat this carrot cake recipe like you would any other type of dessert, enjoy in moderation!

What You’ll Need For This Easy Carrot Cake Recipe

  • Bundt pan
  • 2 large bowl, 1 medium bowl and 1 small bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Whisk
  • Wire rack
  • Measuring cups

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How To Make Carrot Cake From Scratch Using A Bundt Pan

This is not your standard carrot cake. In fact, this carrot bundt cake is more of a hybrid between a regular carrot cake and a cheesecake. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well these two classic dessert flavors mesh with each other. (Get the full printable recipe with measurements below.)

  1. Preheat the oven and butter bundt pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Combine sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla with a hand mixer in a separate large bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and incorporate with a whisk.
  5. Fold in grated carrot, raisins, coconut, and pineapple.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  7. Pour half of the cake batter into the bundt pan.
  8. Dollop the cheesecake filling from a medium bowl onto carrot cake.
  9. Pour the rest of the cake batter over the cheesecake filling.
  10. Cover in foil and bake for 80 to 90 minutes.
  11. Cream together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, milk, and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk into a smooth glaze.
  12. Allow cake to cool in pan for 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  13. Once cooled, drizzle cream cheese glaze over the cake. Top with toasted coconut.

Taste And Consistency

When you’re done making this carrot bundt cake, it should be moist, with the standard taste of a carrot cake with some tropical notes courtesy of the pineapple. The best part though is the added cheesecake filling.

The glaze on the top should be only on the top. If it has permeated through the cake, the cake was probably not cooled enough before glazing.

And if you have to scoop the cake out of the bundt pan, you most likely didn’t butter the pan enough. Be generous with the application of butter when prepping.

Can You Make This Carrot Cake Without A Bundt Pan?

The reason I chose to make this Carrot Cake Bundt Cake is that I have seen this Good Cook 9.5 inch Nonstick Fluted Cake Pan in so many local grocery stores and always thought it was gorgeous. This tin is readily available, and I bet if you pop down to your local grocery you’ll find it.

If you don’t want to use this shaped pan, this best carrot cake recipe can be made into 2 large loaf tins or as a layer cake. While the recipe is super versatile, I think it’s most impressive and tasty as a bundt cake.

A closeup of a slice of carrot bundt cake showing the cheesecake filling.A closeup of a slice of carrot bundt cake showing the cheesecake filling.

How Do I Store Carrot Cake?

This cake will last for up to 4 days covered and stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Carrot Cake?

It will also freeze very well, so if you have any leftovers just pop them in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Just thaw when you’re in the mood for this decadent Carrot Cake Bundt Cake!

Tips and Tricks for Making Carrot Cake Bundt Cake (with Cheesecake Filling):

  • Make at least 1 day in advance to let the flavor and texture improve.
  • Make with 3/4 whole wheat flour and 1/4 white flour if desired.
  • Add in your favorite toasted nuts and dried fruit.
  • Always start with room-temperature cream cheese when making the cheesecake filling.
  • Always start with room-temperature eggs for both the cake and the cheesecake filling.
  • Cover cakes with tin foil when they have longer bakes times to ensure they are fully cooked but not too brown on top.
  • Generously butter your cake tins, nothing is worse than not being able to turn a cake out.
  • FULLY cool your cake before glazing, if it’s at all warm the glaze will melt into the cake and run down the sides.

To cover without disturbing the glaze on top place a few toothpicks on the top of the cake and on the sides, then place cling wrap over the cake and tops of the toothpicks inserted into the cake. This keeps the cling from touching the frosting.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

A slice of carrot cake Bundt Cake being removed, showing the cream cheesecake filling inside.A slice of carrot cake Bundt Cake being removed, showing the cream cheesecake filling inside.

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Carrot Bundt Cake Recipe with Cheesecake Filling

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My Carrot Bundt Cake recipe is unlike anything you've had: fresh carrots, sweet pineapple, and a cheesecake filling!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 Slices
Author Gemma Stafford

Equipment

  • Bundt Pan
  • Oven
  • Whisk

Ingredients

Carrot Bundt Cake Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2oz/355 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (16 oz/450g) sugar
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/225 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (8 oz/225g) carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 3/4 cup (3 3/4oz/106g) raisins
  • 3/4 cup (2 1/4 oz/64g)) shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225g) pineapple (crushed and strained)

Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 cup (8 oz/225g) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup (2 1⁄2 oz/71g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cup (4oz/115g) powdered sugar (depends on how sweet you want it!!)

To Garnish

  • 1/2 cup (1 1⁄2oz/43g) shredded coconut (toasted for garnish)

Instructions

For the Carrot Cake:

  • Pre-Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously butter a 9.5-inch Nonstick Fluted Cake Pan​. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, set aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl combine sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla with a hand mixer. Mix until pale yellow and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. You can also do this using a hand whisk.
  • Using a whisk incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  • Lastly fold in the grated carrot, raisins, coconut, and pineapple. Set aside while you make the creamy cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake Filling:

  • Make the cheesecake filling by whisking together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour 1/2 the carrot cake batter into the cake pan.
  • Using a spoon, dollop all the cheesecake filling onto the carrot cake. Be generous here!
  • Finish the cake off by pouring in the rest of the carrot cake batter on top of the cheesecake filling.
  • Cover in foil and bake for about 1 hour and 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. This is a very big cake so it does take a while to bake. (My cake took 1 1/2 hours)

Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • In a small bowl cream together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, milk, and sugar. Whisk until you get a smooth glaze. Set aside.
  • When the cake is done all to cool in the pan for 20 minutes then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, drizzle over the cream cheese glaze, top with toasted coconut, and enjoy!
  • Cover and store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. It will also freeze well for up to 8 weeks

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