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Patty Murtaugh bakes a carrot cake Thursday at her home. The Willmar baker made a name for herself selling her cakes during the downtown Becker Market this summer. She began baking the cakes as a hobby when she lived on the East Coast. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

After spending decades honing her skills back East, Willmar, Minn., new spot for woman's culinary mastery


Maybe it's the fresh-ground carrots in the batter or the extra cream cheese in the frosting or the desire to plea-se customers.

Whatever the reason, Patty Murtaugh's tasty carrot cakes are a big hit.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.