One Perfect … Carrot Cake

carrot cake

Right. Where do I start?

I think I had carrot cake for the first time about 4 years ago. Somehow I remember I really liked it. Belgium not being big on carrot cakes (or is it?), I didn’t eat carrot cake since. 

All very confusing then why I suddenly woke up craving carrot cake. And not only craving it, but deciding I need to bake one. There is nothing to tie me to a carrot cake. Nothing. Zilch. I like carrots, yes, but as a savory dish. Sure, I like cakes, but I am more a pie person. And to top it all up, I am not really going through a sweet phase either.

Anyway, long story short – it was carrot cake time in our kitchen. Not having any reference points to what they should look like, taste like (?) or anything else I went for it.  For all intend and purpose this probably is about as suicidal as it can get in a kitchen. I am sure many of you carrot cake bakers there must of be going ‘ouch! There comes the flop.’

Not one to disappoint, yes, the flop was only 30min away. But let’s start with the beginning. Ingredients on hand, see below, I started my carrot cake magic mixing. I have to say the orange of grated carrots is a lovely colour. Seriously – I could definitely go for a KitchenAid in that shade of orange. Stunning.

Some more mixing.  

And it was baking time. Two things I need to mention here: when the recipe asks for a 18cm large tin, use one. And when the recipe asks for bicarbonate of soda, you guessed it, use it. Me being me, and new to all this carrot’ing, didn’t. So out came the carrot cake. 

Here is where it got funny. Mark comes in, goes, oh you’ve been baking. What is it? Me, very proud: my first carrot cake. Mark: that’s not a carrot cake. Me: yes, it is. Mark: no, it isn’t. Me: yes it is. (See the pattern?). Mark, opting for compromise: it might have carrots in it, but this is not a carrot cake. Me: yes, it is, look (pointing to the recipe). Mark: no, it isn’t, look (pointing to the photo).

This went on for another 15min or so, time in which the carrot cake cooled down. We both had a slice. We both had opinions after. All I can you tell you is this: I will be baking this carrot cake over and over again, till I get it right. And if you have a carrot cake recipe which is fool proof you’d like to share, please do. So I can bake that one too.

Trust me, carrot cakes and me are not done yet.

Carrot Cake with(out) Cream Cheese Frosting (serves 10)

4tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
3 medium organic eggs
300gr carrots, grated
125gr demerara sugar
50gr walnuts, chopped
175gr plain flour
75gr plain wholemeal flour
1tbsp ground cinnamon
50ml milk
2tbsp bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease a deep, 18cm round cake tin and set aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl., then add the carrots, vegetable oil, sugar and walnuts. Mix well. Sift the flours and cinnamon into a separate bowl and mix. Gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, until half combined. Heat the milk in a pan until warm, then remove from the heat and add to the mixture until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If it’s not ready, bake for a further 5 minutes, then test again. Leave to cool in the tin.

(Recipe from Delicious Magazine, pg. 106, June 2008)

I am also submitting this post to ‘Food in Colours: Orange’, hosted by My Diverse Kitchen. The Food In Colours series was started by Tongue Ticklers.

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  • Wonderful!

  • Kaja

    Hmmm, I remember bringing an amazing homemade carrotcake to one of your parties back in the early Veco days. Will have to dig out the recipe and send it to you. It’s foolproof:-)

  • I have had many such instances where I have inadvertanatly left out something or the other, but not always with good results! 😀
    I have plans for a carrot cake too. I have the recipe and plan to make it sometime in the next ten days or so.
    Thanks for participating in FIC Orange.

  • I want to share with you, my mothers fantastic recipe for a real juicy carrot cake, one of my absolute favorite cakes… 🙂

    http://thebitesize.blogspot.com/2008/10/sugar-high-friday-spices.html

  • Carrot cake is one of my favorite cake. It is absolutely very delicious and rich in nutrition. You can also add Orange zest…

  • I’ll definitely try this recipe…

  • What a beautiful photo – carrot cake at its most elemental!

    I wanted to let you know that the March theme for Sugar High Fridays has been posted. The theme is “The Test of Time – Desserts over a century old.” I thought the theme might tickle your fancy – I hope you decide to participate because I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    http://inmybox.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/announcing-sugar-high-fridays-53-the-test-of-time/

  • Ina Garten has a recipe which I think is pretty good (it’s really for cupcakes though). Good luck!

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    i see that you are looking for informations about cuberdons.

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  • vincent

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  • Agreed on your introductory photo… it really grabbed me and drew me in! Dazzling.

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

  • Wonderful recipe. Love your mise en scene at the beginning.

  • Dawn Smith

    carrot cake sounds delicious….what an amazing picture….i can’t wait to try it…right away i’m gonna get the ingredients from http://www.myethnicworld.com and try it…thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Hello,

    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it – great recipes YUM YUM.
    We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

    We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
    enjoy your recipes.

    Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
    and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

    To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on “Add your site”

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  • Sandhya

    tried this recipe, looks like sugar specified is is TOO less & soda is TOO much – hence landed up with a good looking BITTER cake .. after all the effort put ..
    Re-check the recipe

  • martie

    Hello. I have tried so many. Carrot cake recipe’s but to no avail…they all come out wonderfull looking outside but looks like a wet sponge on the inside…whta am I doing wrong?????..I have even tride a basic cake recipe and ading grated carrots to it but it still comes out wet..its cooked but so moist..I need HELP this is my husbands favorite cake…and I can’t make it…….so sad and missarable…boo-hoo!!!!PLEASE HELP ME?????

  • i agree with previous poster , seems far to much soda , had a weird salty taste ,