I just read in a post that we’re messing around w/ the attribute healthy in relation to food… Right: I think too many posts use healthy in their headline – therefore I don’t name it a healthy carrot cake… in face of the carrots! (Besides it’s a rich & moist & scrumptious & luscious affair – which cannot be healthy at all!)
I remember my very 1st true carrot cake: it was during a USA holiday trip many years ago somewhere in Northern California in a small diner – rather late in the evening – when it turned out that only carrot cake was left for dessert. It wasn’t a simple cake it was a 3-layer structure w/ lots of frosting & minced walnuts… it was just delicious!
To set the record straight from the beginning:
This post does not exemplify how to create a 3-layer cake w/ lots of decorations!
We’re baking a 1-layer cake w/ lots of creamy frosting!
(I was inspired – once again – by a recipe out of Kamran Siddiqi’s „Hand-made Baking !)
… & there are these little marzipan carrots!
What do we need for the cake?
- sour cream
We start by oiling/buttering a springform & adding fine breadcrumbs covering bottom & edge – after having started the oven (preheating to 160° C w/ fan).
Then we shred the carrots – roughly!
…& concerning the spices we are dealing w/ ground…
We activates our electric handheld mixer for combining butter & sugar – later adding the eggs. Then there are the spices & the flour… & the sour cream…
Finally we fold in the shredded carrots.
…& the springform marches in the preheated oven for about 35-40 min.
The result is a fine golden cake!
While the cake cools down we prepare the cream cheese frosting.
- icing sugar
- cream cheese
- an organic lemon.
We grate the lemon zest & press the lemon juice as well as counting the little marzipan carrots.
We start w/ combining cream cheese & soft butter (remember to let the butter rest at room temperature for some time!). Icing sugar, lemon zest & lemon juice are added. Finally we get a rather soft cream.
We transfer the carrot cake to its final plate & start spreading the frosting. It’s soft: there will be drops running down the edge! (Doesn’t matter!)
Just add the little marzipan carrots & store the cake in the fridge!
Where’s the coffee?
Watch the frosting! It’s coming down at the edge, but it’s ok: it’ll stop soon enough – you’ll get a very soft & creamy frosting!
The carrot cake is moist & full of tiny carrot pieces… cake & frosting melt into each other…
Some remarks about the shredded carrots:
The left photo shows roughly shredded carrots like the shredded type I used in my carrot cake. The right photo shows a much finer version of shredded carrots.
- Both shredded carrots are handmade.
- The time you need for „rough” or „fine” is the same.
- If you use the roughly shredded carrots the carrots will be visible & noticeable after the oven session.
- If you use the finely shredded carrots the carrots will melt into the dough, however, because of the moisture the dough gets rather firm & wet – not my cup of tea!
I propose that you only use 50% of the shredded carrots if you like the finely shredded version (recommendation related to my tests!).
A last view of the carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting…
The businesswoman with too many office hours thinks
It’s a lot of work… the baking & afterwards the frosting session… but it makes my mouth watering!
A 1-layer cake is quite simple, but I doubt that it will be so easy to do a 2- or 3-layer cake… especially if the frosting is as runny/creamy as it seems… well: the fridge consolidates the frosting. It’s just creamy!