Carrot Cake Anyone?

Well, unless you have been sleeping under a rock the last few days, you will know that my Lil Man’s birthday was a few days ago, and he wasn’t with us.  Well, it’s been a few years since I actually baked a cake for him, as time has often been short, but this year, I wanted to do the right thing… and what did he want? No Spidey cakes or Starwars cakes for him this time. Rather a grown up Carrot cake was what he requested!

This is a pretty good recipe that I had found in a newspaper, and had made a few years ago, for my sister-in-law’s birthday initially. It is actually for a 3-tier cake, but that was huge!

This time, I still made the  3 tiers, but used 2 for his cake, and iced the third single one to take into work for my team!

Here are a couple of photos of the 3 tier version (apologies, the photos were a bit rubbish!) and the single one from this time round!

Now, I would be cruel if I left you with drool hanging, and didn’t share the recipe.. I am not that awful, so here it is!

The Best Carrot Cake Ever!

Ingredients

525ml vegetable oil
9 eggs
525g soft dark brown sugar
420g grated carrots
Grated zest of 3 large oranges
525g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
1tbsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tbsp. mixed spice
Seeds of one vanilla pod
2 drops vanilla extract
200g icing sugar
40g butter, cubed
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
115g low fat cream cheese, chilled
Handful of pecans or walnuts, toasted to decorate

Equipment

3 x 9inch round baking tins

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Prepare tins by oiling the insides and lining with baking paper.
  3. Put the oil, eggs, sugar, grated carrots and orange zest into a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. The mixture is a lot, you may need to do this in batches.
  4. Mix the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice, then sift into the bowl.
  5. Add the vanilla seeds and lightly mix everything together until the mixture is uniform, but still soft and runny.
  6. Ladle into tins and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  7. The cakes are ready when the sponge springs back up if pushed lightly. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean.
  8. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack, and peel off the baking paper.

For the cream cheese frosting

  1. Mix the icing sugar, butter, lemon zest and vanilla extract in a bowl then whisk well.
  2. Stir in the cream cheese. If the mixture looks runny then put in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.
  3. When the cakes are cool, take two of them and slice off the domed tops, leaving them flat. Don’t slice the top off the third cake.
  4. Put a dollop of frosting in the middle of a serving plate to stop the cake from sliding.
  5. Take one of the flattened cakes and place it on top. Then pop a big spoonful of frosting and spread it all over, leaving a 2.5cm/1inch gap around the edge.
  6. Place the second flattened cake on top, then repeat.
  7. Put the unsliced cake on top then spread the frosting and decorate.
  8. ENJOY!!!

It was delicious, moist and carroty, with a hint of spice to warm things up! I definitely recommend it! If you get a chance, make it, and let me know what you think!

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joey
    Jul 09, 2016 @ 18:39:55

    Looks good! You can always tell when a carrot cake is rich and delicious, because it’s darker in color, and yours looks scrumptious!
    I make my own, too, but I like molasses and golden raisins as well.
    For years and years I made two carrot birthday cakes, for my dad and for my nephew. But they don’t live close anymore :/ Still, I love carrot cake as well!

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  2. elementhealing
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 16:36:52

    Well Happy Birthday to your little man! The cake looks yummy. I’ll have to give the recipe a try.

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  3. Smiling Notes
    Jul 05, 2016 @ 17:09:39

    Yumm! Carrot cake is my fav…thanks for the wonderful recipe..I’m drooling looking at the pics 😀 Happy Belated Birthday to the birthday boy 🙂

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  4. Rareity
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 17:18:38

    ☕🍰 nom nom nom. My favorite! Now incan make it myself muahahahaha! Thanks Ritu

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  5. eloquentparadise
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 16:48:55

    Mouth watering!

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  6. jjspina
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 13:52:22

    Looks delicious! Too bad I am off sweets! Thanks for sharing. 😆

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  7. vivalaViv
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 12:56:53

    Awww.., I love carrot cake!! Well, once I bought the ingredients from the local supermarket and made the cake myself at home, even though I put milk instead of water by mistake, the cake survived and was surprisingly tasty (for a supermarket cake)! I can imagine your homemade carrot cake must be so delicious!!!

    Vivienne X

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  8. voulaah
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 09:15:42

    You cake looks so tasty Ritu
    enjoy your post
    thank you for sharing
    Happy monday
    🙂 ❤

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  9. Heartafire
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 02:42:58

    yummy! great job and thanks for the recipes!

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  10. S.K. Nicholls
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 02:11:18

    My fav and that looks delicious.

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  11. Shadeau
    Jul 04, 2016 @ 00:15:05

    Oh I am so starving now–looks Delish!!!

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  12. wwwpalfitness
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 23:26:44

    Ooh send me some>>>>….

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  13. Lisa A.
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 22:47:11

    It looks SO good, Ritu!

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  14. Erika Kind
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 20:57:37

    Oh, I love carrot cake and your look so yummy, Sis! 😋

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  15. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 20:44:45

    Nothing more special than a homemade birthday cake by Mommy! 🙂

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  16. Judy Martin
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 20:36:44

    Looks gorgeous Sis. I like a bit of carrot cake now and again 🙂

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  17. masgautsen
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 20:34:10

    Looks like a great cake!

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  18. Al Lane
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 20:18:28

    I’ll take a small slice, thanks… a little bigger… a little more… come on, cut me a real piece! 😀

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