Friday, April 30, 2010

#237_deLuscious Carrrot Cake

Carrot Cake
with pineapple and nuts then iced with
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Two-layer Carrot Cake

Sprinkled with toasted sweetened coconut flakes
not only to garnish the cake,

but also for added flavor as well as texture.
You can also sprinkle some toasted sliced almonds on top.

Please take a bite!!

In case you're wondering what those white stuff are?
The raisins and nuts are tossed in a tablespoon of flour
before adding them into the batter.

Prepare Pans

Line two 10-inch pans with parchment paper before pouring in the cake batter. If you don't have parchment paper, you can use clean copy papers making sure to grease the pans first before placing the papers in the pans, then grease the papers again.

Back home, back in the days when the word "recycling" wasn't a popular word and the term "going green" was unheard of, I used to use the brown paper sacks used by the bakeries which we called "supot ng tinapay". Back then bakeries made their own paper bags and I used those papers to line loaf pans and other baking pans, why not?

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Here's the recipe for the Carrot Cake:
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts, toasted)
2-1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup raisins
(soak raisins in pineapple or orange ju
ice for about 10 min.,
then drain on paper towels)

Wet Mixture:
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract

1) In a mixing bowl, cream together oil and sugar until light and fluffy.
2) Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well mixed.
3) Stir in the pineapple.

Dry Mixture:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder*
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

4) Using a wire whisk, whisk all of the dry ingredients together then stir into the wet mixture until all ingredients are incorporated.
5) Fold in grated carrots, raisins and nuts.
6) Evenly divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans.
7) Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Do not over bake as the cake will be dry and crumbly.
8) Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes before removing cakes from pans.
9) When completely cooled, frost cakes with the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick butter, room temperature

1-8oz. cream cheese, room temp.
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp warm orange juice
1 tbsp. orange zest

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and gradually add orange juice. Continue to beat until creamy and spreadable.


Notes from MaMely:
1) The measurements above is just for your guideline. I haven't really used a consistent measurement for frosting as I always eyeball the ingredients and use the "feel method"...if too thick add more juice, if runny, add more powdered sugar.

2) You can use this recipe to make muffins or cup cakes.

3) You can also use one rectangular pan instead of ro
und ones.

4) Toasting the Nuts:
Spread the nuts (pecans or walnuts) on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degrees pre heated oven until they become fragrant, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool, then roughly chop.

Carrot Cake baked in a 10"x15" pan

Recipe adapted from


  1. I like carrot cake too but since I'm not so fond of cream cheese, I prefer the one with chocolate frosting. I'd usually buy it from CHOCOLAT in Mall of Asia :D

  2. Thank you, u8! that's a good idea!!

  3. Yep. the chocolate is bittersweet so its just perfect with the carrot cake

  4. U8...I'll have to try chocolate frosting next time.