Carrot Cake

Voted as UK’s favourite cake in 2011, the Carrot Cake is a moist, delicious and great flavoured dessert. It’s a great combination between a textured, cinnamon & allspice flavoured bread and a silky smooth cream cheese frosting.

This is a “from scratch” carrot cake recipe, including the cream cheese frosting recipe; however it is pretty simple and the result is always great!

Carrot Cake Recipe

...with raisins, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, and a silky smooth easy to make cream cheese frosting!

Carrot Cake Recipe

...with raisins, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, and a silky smooth easy to make cream cheese frosting!
Carrot Cake
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Carrot Cake Recipe Tags & Times

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes

Carrot Cake Recipe Ingredients

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Carrot Cake
Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Recipe Instructions

Preparing the Carrot Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius degrees or 340 Fahrenheit degrees
  2. Grease a regular sized baking tin and line it with baking paper and set aside
  3. Wash and scrub the carrots, then grate them finely in a bowl and set aside
  4. In a large bowl whisk eggs with the sugar, the oil and the vanilla extract until the mixture thickens visibly
  5. Pour in the flour, the baking powder and the spices and mix gently
  6. Add the grated carrots and the raisins and mix until all ingredients are well combined
  7. Spoon the mixture in the baking tin and bake in the oven at 170 Celsius degrees or 340 Fahrenheit degrees for 75 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry
  8. Let the Carrot Cake cool in the tin for 10 - 15 minutes then turn it out on a cooling rack
Preparing the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large bowl mix the cream cheese and butter until creamy, using a hand mixer on high speed
  2. Slowly add the vanilla, then the powdered sugar small amounts at a time mixing at low speed; *do not overbeat*
  3. Chill the frosting until neded
Assembling the Carrot Cake
  1. Cut the Carrot Cake in 3 layers using a large enough cake cutting knife
  2. Spread a tablespoon of cream cheese frosting in the center of a cake stand or a plate
  3. Lay down the first carrot cake layer and top it with cream cheese frosting; then lay the next layer and so on, until the last layer
  4. Completely cover the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and serve it as it is!
  5. The Carrot Cake can be decorated with crushed walnuts kernels and melted white chocolate

Carrot Cake Recipe Tips & Tricks

The most time & effort consuming op at this recipe is grating the carrots; however, the final result greatly depends on how the carrots are grated. Hand grating on a fine grate makes the carrot pieces small enough to almost blend in the carrot cake; grating them with a food processor is faster, and the final cake will be more textured as the larger carrot pieces will be more prominent in the batter. Of course there is always possible to use pre-grated carrots from the store and have the best of both worlds :-)

A great addition to the carrot cake is using some nuts (pecan, walnuts) chopped and added in the batter, or just on top over the cream cheese frosting.

Also changing part of the sugar with brown sugar will change the carrot cake flavour a little.

The carrot cake is well known as a very forgiving recipe and so it can take countless variations; just try a whole wheat & low sugar carrot cake recipe. Or make some whoopie pies out of your carrot cake for more fun!

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