Thursday, February 23, 2012

Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Where does the time run away ? - It seemed just yesterday that a wobbly, vulnerable & truly adorable bundle of joy was plopped in to my unsure hands and it's already 3 years - my darling prince has grown & how ! A bumpy start to say the least, the journey has been wonderful & profoundly enriching. Sreenivas-  it's a privilege to be your amma and I am growing & becoming a better person along with you. God bless you boy 

My son loves cake and the more creamier or chocolate-y it is, the better. On a spree to keep it healthier, I baked a classy carrot cake that screams elegance, and tastes delightfully moist & wonderful. 

Voila - a cake is born that's supremely divine

The recipe has been with me for quite a long time courtesy furious jotting from a magazine at my friend's place. I played with the recipe & tweaked it by substituting part of the sugar with brown sugar and enriching it with raisins & walnuts

What's in it :-
  • All Purpose Flour - 250 grams (sieved)
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp (sieved)
  • Cinnamon powder - 3/4 tsp 
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp (sieved)
  • Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs - 2
  • Granulated Sugar-  125 grams
  • Brown Sugar - 125 grams
  • Sunflower oil - 125 ml (or any vegetable oil)
  • Grated Raw Carrots - roughly 375 grams
  • Raisins - 60 grams - approx
  • Walnuts - finely chopped- a fistful

The cake on its own is perfect though, to make it more glamorous you can dress it up with cream cheese frosting or any other drizzle your taste-buds clamour for ! Since my daughter is not a cream/icing fan, I did a very small batch of the frosting. You can however double the recipe accordingly

For Cream Cheese Frosting :-

  • Cream Cheese - 125 grams
  • Butter - 30 grams - softened
  • Vanilla - little drizzle
  • Icing Sugar - enough for a spreadable consistency

How :-

Grease & flour round cake pan/ or any other shaped tin. Mix together all ingredients in blue (flour,baking powder,cinnamon,salt,baking soda,nutmeg).
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs & gradually add both the sugar, beating until light. Tip in oil slowly while still beating/whisking it . Stir in the flour-spice mixture and tip in the carrots,raisins & walnuts. Stir until well combined.Scrape in to the prepared pan.

Bake @ 350 F/ 180 C for 40-45 minutes or till the fork inserted in to the centre comes clean and top of the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool it on a wire rack .

For the frosting, cream together cheese, butter & vanilla and gradually add enough sugar for a smooth spreadable consistency.

Once cooled, spread the topping all around & enjoy.

It's off to Radhika's I love baking & Anzz's Valentine Special


  1. Hello Priya, visiting your space after a long long time.. Hope you are doing good.. :)

    The cake really looks super delicious... with all those walnuts, raisins and carrots... yumm!!

  2. The little one has taught us all wonderful lessons and how to stick up as a family. love the sweetu and god bless our bubbly baby sreenivas. the cake looks awesome and yummy to say the least muah

  3. The cake looks awesome. Am sure your little one must have gobbled it up. Looks moist and perfect. I normally have this cake when I go home. Reminds me of mom..

  4. Birthday wishes for you handsome prince! delectable cake! My little one just licks the frosting, doesn't eat any cake!LOL

  5. Very delicious yummy cake..soft n fluffy!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  6. Your cake looks absolutely moist and mouthwatering Priya! Its been long since I checked your posts but every time i come here I find something interesting & delicious!!

  7. Belated birthday wishes to ur little boy and yes you're right this recipe too is along the same lines but i love the addition of brown sugar and raisins. Will use them next time I try.

  8. So soft and yummy cake !! Birthday wishes to your little boy !!

    Ongoing event CC-Dish For Loved Ones

  9. Belated birthday wishes to your lil one...awesome cake

  10. Belated birthday wishes..yummy and superb it.

  11. Belated birthday wishes to your little one and the cake absolutely delicious.

  12. What a sweet post...happy belated birthday to your little one :)
    This cake looks so delicious, and incredibly moist! Lovely :)

  13. Cake looks super moist and delicious! Belated returns too your little kid!

  14. belated b'day to ur lil one, i adore carrot cake, with cream its is the best!

  15. this looks exactly like the one we get in our neighbourhood bakery... i love it... this one looks yummyyyyyy