Tuesday, April 24, 2012

when life gives you carrots....

i really like carrots

raw dipped in a bit of sea salt
honey roasted with onion dip
deep fat fried loaded into a feedbag
all good
best of all?
baked in cake

 carrot cake
-this recipe comes from my culinary school notebook, it is not my own

4 large eggs--room temperature
6 oz vegetable oil
14 oz granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
9 oz flour
1 Tbs cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 lb carrots--peeled and grated
2 1/2 oz walnuts-toasted and roughly chopped
whisk together sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment whisk together the eggs and oil until the eggs are thick and pale yellow (about 10 minutes).  mix in the dry ingredients, just to fully incorporate.  fold in carrots and walnuts.
split evenly into 2 prepared* 9" cake pans. bake at 325 for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
*preparing cake pans includes spraying with pan spray and lining the bottom with parchment paper
allow to cool and split each cake round into 2 layers.  
frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting**
decorate with marzipan carrots

**i'm not opposed to sharing my cream cheese frosting recipe, but truth be told...i don't measure.  i   use 1 part unsalted butter to 2 parts cream cheese, a pinch of salt a bit of vanilla and enough powdered sugar to reach your desired sweetness. 


  1. Cream Cheese Frosting
    1 stick butter
    1 package cream cheese
    I box powder sugar
    teaspoon vanilla
    pinch salt.

    BTW- this is my favorite cake of all time. Love that you use a whole pound of carrots.

    1. @anon...thanks for sharing your fave frosting recipe! this cake is definitely fully loaded with carrots :)

  2. oh yum! silly me, i've been dehydrating all of the carrots from my CSA to save for winter soups ;) can't wait for more carrots to make this :D

  3. I love the carrot decor on the cake. It's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cutest cake I seen recently.


  5. As I write this I am munching on carrot sticks and onion dip! I too love carrots, especially baked into a cake. Your cake is absolutely beautiful!

  6. Just adorable! This is the work of a very talented pastry chef!! I love carrot cake so this will be in my future. P.S. Where did you procure the marzipan carrots? Bij~

    1. bij--i made the carrots...just colored a bit of marzipan, let them dry on parchment paper for a few hours, then tacked them on to the side of the cake using the icing...very simple! you can use fondant as well...but marzipan (in my opinion) tastes much better :)


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