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Friday, 12 May 2017

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting



Hello dear readers! This cake, that you discover now, was our Easter cake. I have only just had time to put together this post – better late than never, right? I hope this recipe will please you.

We are fond of this spicy, moist and creamy cake (the cheese cream topping adds that little something to it)…This is a great cake with a gorgeous topping for a special occasion, such as the upcoming Mothers’ Day here in Switzerland on Sunday 14th May.

I decorated mine with a DIY cardboard stick and wrote “Happy Easter”, then I added a white Alstroemeria (in English, a Peruvian Lily). Enjoy!

Ingredients (Serves 8)
5 eggs
200g finely-grated fresh carrots
200g sugar
200g almond powder
2 ml kirsch
1 grated lemon zest
50g of flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Cake
Separate egg whites from yolks. Beat the egg yolks and 100g of sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and foamy.
Stir in the grated carrots, almond powder, grated lemon zest, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, flour, kirsch and mix well.
In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with 100g of sugar until soft peaks form. Then, incorporate it gently into the batter.
Then butter and flour a mould of 22 cm in diameter and 5 cm in height and pour the mixture in.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 190 degrees. Allow to cool before removing from the mould.


Cream Cheese Frosting
Whisk 100g of butter at room temperature until creamy.
Add 400 g Philadelphia cream cheese, and continue mixing.
Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract, and 150g icing sugar.
Whisk everything until obtaining the final texture: creamy, without lumps.

Assemble the cake
Using a sharp bread knife, cut the cooled cake into two layers.
Place your first layer on the plate followed by a big amount of frosting in the centre. Spread the frosting thickly and evenly across the layer.
Spread from the middle of the layer out to the edges and slightly down the side.  Add your second layer on top of the first. Repeat the frosting process by starting with a large dollop on the top and work your way down the sides, filling and smoothing with a spatula.
The frosting doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth. Actually it looks prettier when it is irregular.
You can store your cake in the fridge until time to serve.

Decorate
If you want to make your carrot cake a little sexier, you can put small carrots made of marzipan on top.



40 comments:

  1. Hi dear! This cake has such an intriguing aspect..I think that also the flavour is like heaven! I use to make a very similar cake but without that delicious cream!
    A big hug

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    1. Thanks Marghe!  Our local carrot cake recipe is without this creamy cream, but my recipe is from the UK. So I follow the tradition. Hugs :)

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  2. Cream cheese frosting is the best!

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    1. I'm glad you like it :) Thanks Monica!

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  3. Adoro bolo de cenoura.
    Agora fiquei com fome.
    Bfds

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    1. Fico feliz que tenha gostado,  Pedro!

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  4. Coucou ma belle !  Ce gâteau est super mimi !! Bravo pour la déco, elle me plaît. Mon mari adore le gâteau aux carottes, si je lui fais cette recette, il va me vouer un culte!!! Gros bisous. Xxx

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    1. Merci beaucoup, Chantal ! Une raison de plus pour faire ce gâteau...hahaha... Joyeuse fête des mères !  :)

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  5. I read your posts early in the morning and I want to eat cake for breakfast! That looks delicious.

    I have not had carrot cake in years. It is time that I had some.

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    1. Thanks a million, Brian! It has been a long time since I have made carrot cake...

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  6. OMG!! It came out delicious. It is my absolute favorite cake! And my family and friends love it too. Your carrot cake reminds me the one my mom used to make, my whole family loves it, as a matter of fact I’m doing this weekend for Mother's Day. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    1. Thank you,  Rebecca! I'm glad it reminds you of the cake your mom used to bake. What a touching compliment... This carrot cake is scandalously good! I know you're going to like it.
      Happy Baking Day! :)

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  7. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  8. A very elegant cake. Love your decorations. I remember the first time I made a sign like this and a bunting for one of my son's birthday cake, I was very proud of myself. : ) There's something nice and festive about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Ohhh... I can imagine how happy your son must have been!!! Good that you felt proud of yourself :) 
      And by the way, those Lemon Curd Biscuits were fabulous! Again, thank you!
      Have a wonderful Mother's Day !

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  9. Thanks for the interesting post! Have a nice day)

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    1. Victoria, welcome to my personal blog and thank you for your message :)

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  10. Your cakes always take my breath away!
    Carrot cake has always been one of my favourites. Lol

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    1. Thanks you Charles - much appreciated!! And since you love my baking adventures, don't miss my post in two weeks!

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  11. Yum! That cake looks absolutely delicious and moist. I love carrot cake but I've never made it before. This recipe looks like it's worth trying. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! I love making easy and delicious cakes! I'm sure you're going to like it :)
      Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  12. Magnifique gâteau ! Cette recette doit être délicieuse, merci de la partager avec nous. Bisous et je te souhaite un bon weekend :)

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    1. Merci beaucoup, Caro ! Cette recette de gâteau aux carottes est fabuleuse et tellement facile à fair !! Bises :)

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  13. What a marvelous looking cake for special occasions! I bet it tasted delicious, too!

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    1. Cresta Bear, thank you! I like that it looks "gourmand" and tastes delicious!

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  14. Great post!

    You have a nice blog!

    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know on my blog with a comment! ;oD

    Have a great day!

    xoxo Jacqueline
    www.hokis1981.com

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    1. Thanks you Jacqueline - much appreciated!

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  15. Yay! More cake!! Tomorrow is also Mother's Day in the US.

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  16. Sou doido por estes doces. Uma tentação esse.
    bj

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    1. Muito obrigada Rui pelas suas palavras.

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  17. Oooh, I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! This "veggie cake" is healthier than the other cakes, right?!?

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    1. It is healthy and so yummy...that said, I'm not vegan. :)

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  18. Verdadeiramente tentador... e com um aspecto fantástico!
    Bjs
    Ana

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    1. É delicioso e muito fácil de fazer. Beijinhos :)

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