Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Carrot Cake

 
Carrot Cake doesn't call for any special occasion to be made. Whether you like it plain or want to fancy it some more with a delicious cream cheese frosting, this dense moist treat gets a warm welcome  everywhere and is a great way to get a good portion of carrots in your diet.

Prep Time: 1 hour
Ingredients
All purpose flour: 1 1/2 cups
Sugar: 1 cup (1/2 for caramelizing, 1/2 for batter)
Grated Carrot: 1/2 cup
Butter: 1 stick /8 tablespoons
Eggs: 2
Vanilla essence: 1 teaspoon
Baking powder: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Walnuts/ Almonds: handful

* Spice powder (powder the following with a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee bean grinder)
4 cloves +1 cardamom + 1/2 spoon cinnamon powder + 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg grated

Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well until ivory. Add the vanilla essence. Sieve the all purpose flour, baking powder and the spice powder. Fold this into the batter. Meanwhile caramelize the sugar until golden brown. Pour this into the batter and beat well. Finally add the grated carrot and give a thorough mix using a  spatula.

Butter a baking dish  and pour the batter into it.Add walnuts/ almonds  and give a gentle mix. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 350 F. Bake for about 40 mins or until the centre comes out clean when poked with a knife. Cool and cut into slices.

* For those who like some frosting, heres the recipe

Cream Cheese(softened at room temperature) : 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence/extarct : 2 drops
Sugar: 2-3 tablespoons
Butter: 1 tablespoon

First combine  the butter and cream cheese with a spoon or a hand mixer. Slowly add the vanilla essence and the sugar and beat until smooth.

Spread on the cake evenly after the cake has completely cooled.

Bon Apetit!!


26 comments:

  1. A lovely Cake. Looks so delicious.

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  2. Perfect carrot cake. My husband's fav. bookmarking this recipe...

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  3. yum!!!Perfect cake...looks delicious and mouth watering...

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  4. So soft and moist, just craving for a piece now.

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  5. Delicious soft and moist carrot cake...

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  6. Never tried caramelised carrot cake.. Looks delicious..

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  7. Perfect carrot cake.Looks so spongy!

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  8. Wow.........Looks delicious and perfect click.....Sure will try soon.......

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  9. looks soft and perfect...healthy too!

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  10. Wat a super soft and awesome looking carrot cake..

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  11. Lovely texture and a perfect carrot cake.

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  12. Lip-smacking carrot cake my dear..me drooling here:)

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  13. what a perfect carrot cake dear. looks divine.

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  14. Pass me the slices,love the carrot cake.It's been a while since i made it last time.Excellent pics .

    http://sanscurryhouse.blogspot.com

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  15. hi...

    first off, lovely blog and lovely recipes... however, i tried this cake recipe today, in fact its in the oven right now... just needed to ask you a q. is the cake batter supposed to be really stiff? i had a doubt so i added some milk to get it in the usual cake batter consistency. dunno how its gonna turn out but have you missed out an ingredient while posting or is the batter supposed to be stiff and not runny like usual cake batters? thanks in advance and pls dont treat this as a hostile comment. i really do like your blog and highly recommend it to my frens!!!

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  16. @Anonymous thank you for trying out our recipe and bringing this to our notice... this recipe worked for us, the batter was the usual semi liquidy.. However when we had situation like yours we usually add 1/4 cup of milk and the cake comes out good.. let us know how your cake turned out...

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  17. thanks for the response you guys... well the cake turned out ok...i made it into cupcakes since i was making it for a friend and wanted to see how it turned out just to be on the safe side...and left it in for 30 mins instead of 40... it was a little over cooked on the outside and had a very crunchy chewy crust and was very very nice. . my 3 year old was pleased with the end result and ate quite a bit so that is a big nod in the right direction and it is definitely going in my list of go to recipes. took a few of the cupcakes for my friend as planned and they liked it too... thanks again!!!

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  18. Let me know if you can submit a cake recipe for DNS. DNS is a blog cum magazine to support Indian food bloggers.
    Kindly mail me your recipe with a short bio of yours to ver.neha@hotmail.com
    (Make sure the recipe is yours).
    You can submit more than 1 recipe.

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