Winter’s here and so are those lazy cosy feels and endless dessert cravings! So how about you give in to those cravings and treat your palate to a delicious warm carrot cake? It’s a win-win situation because carrots are loaded with nutrients and the cake tastes absolutely heavenly!
Carrots are rich in Vitamin A which helps in keeping your eyes healthy, and Vitamins C and K which keep up your bone health. Next, the fibres in carrots control blood sugar levels and help in reducing constipation too. So, go ahead, bake yourself a nice cake out of this vegetable and slip right into those winter feels!
For the cake:
All-purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking soda – 2 tsp
Ground cinnamon – 2 tsp
Vegetable oil – 1 ¼ cup
Fine salt – ½ teaspoon
Caster sugar – 1 cup
Brown sugar – 1 cup
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Eggs – 4
Grated carrots – 3 cups
Crushed walnuts – ¼ cup
Raisins – ½ cup
For the frosting:
Cream cheese – 225g
Powdered sugar – 1 ¼ cup
Heavy whipped cream – ⅓ cup
Heat the oven to 180 degrees and grease the 2 cake pans. Line the pans with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Take a separate bowl to mix the vegetable oil, sugar (both types), eggs and vanilla extract.
Part by part add the mixture of dry ingredients to that of the wet one and keep mixing until the batter is smooth. It takes around 3 parts to mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones, however, you can increase the number too!
Time for the flavour to step in! Add the carrots, walnuts and raisins to the batter and blend them well.
Pour the batter into the cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes. To check whether your cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is good to go!
For the creamy frosting, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is fluffy. Add the required quantity of whipped cream and beat the mixture again. You can now store the leftover whipped cream in a Liebherr to increase its shelf life.
Once the cake cools down, frost the top of the first cake. Now insert the second layer on top of it.
Next, frost the top of the second cake and decorate your cake with walnuts and raisins.
There you have it! Now all you have to do is cut yourself a nice slice and find a cosy spot to enjoy the cake.