Super Tasty (and easy) Carrot Cake

This cake is one with memories attached, as most treat foods tend to have.  I first made this cake in Canada in June of 2004, as my best friend’s wedding cake.  The theme was relaxed midsummer, and a carrot cake was the perfect cake match.   Its light and moist texture with the richness of the cream cheese icing makes for a luxe and luscious cake experience that can slightly appease your conscious because its pack full of carrots.

Whilst I’ve seen variations of this recipe in multiple cook books, I’ve taken mine from Rosendahl’s Cafe Book. (The bride was Swedish) Rosendahl’s Cafe is set in the middle of the state gardens in Stockholm, Sweden and so the translation of this recipe might seem a little odd, but the proportions work.

Morotkaka av Rosendahl’s Cafe Book

Heat oven to 200c – use 20cm round tin floured & lined to prevent sticking

The cake:

2.5dl (250ml) canola or sunflower oil

3.5dl (350g) caster sugar

4dl (400g) finely grated carrots

3 eggs

4dl (400g) plain flower

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1dl (100g) roughly chopped walnuts

 The Topping:

(I thought this was too much topping really, but it depends if you like to split your cake and put a layer through the middle.  It just becomes slightly overpowering to the delicateness of the cake.  So my recommendation would be to half these quantities)

200g soft unsalted butter

200g cream cheese

3dl (300g) icing sugar

2tsp vanilla sugar (or a few drops of vanilla essence)

Rind and juice of 1 lemon

The method:

Whisk the sugar and oil until fluffy and white in colour.  Add in carrots and then the eggs.  Blend dry ingredients and then add in portions to the wet mix to prevent lumps.  Mix until a smooth batter.  Cook for approx 40-50 minutes.

When your cake is cool, mix all topping ingredients together thoroughly.   Cover the whole cake and then cool in fridge to help the mixture to set.   My serving suggestion, add walnuts for decoration.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    Look great! Carrot cake is one of my favorites! 🙂

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