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Monday, 25 February 2013

Carrot Loaf Cake!

I know bad photography. This cake traveled with me 7 hrs all the way to my hometown, to be shared with my family. The cake was still in its mold uncut and plastic wrapped. I had a wedding to go as soon as I reached there and when I came back this was all I could find. Half the cake gone…I had to click fast before everything was gone!

CARROT LOAF CAKE…or just Carrot Cake, its loaf because I baked it in a loaf tin. This moist dense butter cake with specks of orange color from the carrots is a classic. The grated carrots, chopped walnuts and the spice gives a wonderful flavor and its such a favorite  I prefer plain cakes to frosted ones, and am yet to try frosting on this one. It was heavenly just as it was. But you can frost this with cream cheese frosting, buttercream or just glaze it. This recipes makes great carrot cake cupcakes too, simply frost them with cream cheese frosting.

Ok enough of reading, go preheat your oven…

You Will Need:

200g Unsalted Butter, Melted
150ml or 4 Large Eggs
110g or 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
110g of Demerara Sugar
90g or 3/4 cup Roughly Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
170g 1 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Plain Flour Measured and Sifted
185g or 2 1/2 Cups Grated Carrot
Pinch of Salt

The Baking:

Preheat the oven to 170c. In a bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and keep aside. Place the melted butter in a large bowl and whisk in one egg at a time . Whisk for 30 sec after each addition to make sure the eggs are well incorporated with the melted butter. Now add the granulated sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk till the sugar is melted. Now add the dry ingredients and fold it with a spatula. Add the grated carrots fold until there are no lumps seen.

Line an 8” baking pan with parchment paper and evenly spread the batter. Bake this in the preheated oven for 30 min or till toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Important Pointers:
  • Chopped walnuts are optional, if you don’t like nuts just leave it out. You can also use spices like grated nutmeg, mixed spices and raisins too.  
  • You can store this in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Read Tips for Cake Baking for more important baking tips.

Happy Baking!


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