Carrot Cake cooking tips

Carrot Cake Recipe

5/5 (2)
1 hr 30 mins
Vadim Rachok
30.01.2024
31.03.2024
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Moist, flavorful carrot cake is a delicious dessert! It has long been a popular dessert on holiday tables. Carrot cake is a favorite of many because of its perfect blend of flavors. If you haven’t experienced this delectable treat, it’s time to give it a try. All you have to do is follow the easy carrot cake recipe that you will find below. You can be sure it will become one of your favorite cakes!

Carrot cake, a timeless classic that never fails to delight the senses! The moistness of grated carrots, the zest of orange, the warmth of cinnamon, and the nutty crunch of almonds – these flavors dance harmoniously in every bite. It's the perfect blend of sweet and savory, making it an all-time favorite dessert. This easy carrot cake recipe ensures a slice of pure bliss for every occasion. Get ready to fall in love with this delightful treat!

What is a Carrot Cake?

Carrot cake is a popular dessert made with grated carrots, usually mixed into the batter. It also includes zest of orange, cinnamon, almonds, and vanilla sugar. You can top it with creamy frosting, which adds a sweet and savory element to the moist and flavorful cake.

Carrot cake is dense, but each bite is super soft and especially moist. This dessert is simple, quick to make, and absolutely delicious. Thus, you can make it at any time without special cooking efforts. 

how to prepare carrot cake

Carrot Cake Ingredients

  • Carrots: It is a key ingredient! Grated carrots help moisturize and add natural sweetness to the cake.
  • Orange zest: It adds a citrusy and aromatic flavor that complements the sweetness of the carrots.
  • Eggs: Eggs help to texture, moisturize, and bind the ingredients together.
  • Sugar: It sweetens the cake, balances the taste, and enhances the overall flavor of the cake.
  • Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of other ingredients and balances sweetness.
  • Vanilla sugar: Adds a sweet vanilla note to the cake to enhance its taste.
  • Baking powder for dough: It is a leavening agent that helps the cake rise and become fluffy.
  • Cinnamon: It is a warm and aromatic spice that pairs exceptionally well with carrots and adds a lot of depth to the flavor profile.
  • Flour: Flour provides structure to the cake.
  • Almonds: It is often used in carrot cake to give it extra texture and a subtle nutty flavor.
  • Butter: Butter helps moisturize and enrich the cake.

How to Make A Carrot Cake?

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  1. To make a cake, grate the carrots and add the grated orange zest.
  2. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, and cinnamon and beat until fluffy. Add baking powder and salt. 
  3. Add 3 ounces (80 g) of melted butter and beat again.
  4. Next, add carrots with orange zest and mix.
  5. Gradually add the flour, mixing with a silicone spatula.
  6. Then, add the almonds.
  7. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with 0,7 ounces (20 g) butter.
  8. Place the mixture on the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 356 F degrees (180 C) for 35-40 minutes.
  9. Let the cake cool (add creamy frosting if desired) and enjoy.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • To check if the bake is done, insert a skewer into the cake. If it is warm and dry, the cake is done. 
  • Carrot cake tastes great when served with vanilla ice cream.
  • You can add your favorite spices to the suggested ones, such as cardamom and anise.

carrot cake recipe

Can a Carrot Cake be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze carrot cake. Freezing carrot cake is a great way to make it ahead of time. Just wrap the whole cake or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap. This will help to prevent freezer burn and will keep the cake moist.

How to Store the Cake Leftovers?

If you want to store leftover cake, place it in an airtight container. Then you can put them in the refrigerator and keep them for up to 4 days.

 

This would be a pretty good recipe if it weren't for the large amount of sugar in it. Otherwise, it turns into a standard dessert that contains the most unhealthy combination of saturated fats and simple carbohydrates. If you want to make this pie but want to make it as healthy as possible, I recommend replacing the sugar with any other non-caloric sugar substitute (for example, a blend of erythritol and stevia), and regular white flour with whole grain flour. This way, you'll reduce the amount of simple carbohydrates and increase the amount of fiber in the dish. If you have gluten intolerance, you can also experiment by replacing regular flour with rice or oat flour.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Carrot Cake Recipe
5/5 (2)
Author:Vadim Rachok
The best carrot cake recipe that is always a favorite on holiday tables!
Carrot Cake cooking tips
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6-8
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
The ingredients you need:
2 pcs medium carrots
zest of one orange
3 pcs eggs
6 ounces (160 g) sugar
0,04 ounces (1 g) salt
0,4 ounces (10 g) vanilla sugar
0,4 ounces (10 g) baking powder for dough
0,1 ounces (3 g) cinnamon
6 ounces (180 g) flour
1,8 ounces (50 g) almonds
3,5 ounces (100 g) butter
Let’s start !
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1. Grate the carrots and add the grated orange zest.

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2. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, and cinnamon. Beat until fluffy, add baking powder and salt. 

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3. Add 3 ounces (80 g) of melted butter.

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4. Add carrots with orange zest and mix.

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5. Gradually add the flour, mixing with a silicone spatula.

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6. Add the almonds.

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7. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with 0,7 ounces (20 g) butter.

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8. Place the mixture on the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 356 F degrees (180 C) for 35-40 minutes.

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9. Let the cake cool (add buttercream frosting if desired) and enjoy.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Calories: 575
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g45%
Saturated Fat 9g46%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 347mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 64g23%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Total Sugars 50g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin C 1mg6%
Calcium 75mg6%
Iron 1mg8%
Potassium 158mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Watch How To Make It

For an extra layer of decadence, consider adding a creamy frosting. A classic cream cheese frosting or a velvety buttercream can take your carrot cake to the next level. Just be sure to let the cake cool completely before frosting to avoid any melting mishaps. The creamy topping not only adds a delightful contrast but also balances the cake's natural sweetness. It's the icing on the cake, quite literally!

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