Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake is a classic cake that is a expected favorite for both adults and kids. My family is no exception! We love it every time I make it with no leftovers!

This cake is relatively easy to prepare and makes a perfect homemade birthday cake. I prepared this recipe with whole-wheat flour, which along with raisin and carrots adds extra fiber to this cake without sacrificing the taste. The photo I took from my carrot cake makes my children’s mouths to water, and they crave for this family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 180g whole-wheat pastry flour150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 120g light brown sugar
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs1tbsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp salt120g walnuts, chopped
  • 75g raisin, preferably small ones
  • 150g carrot, finely grated

Cake cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F °. Grease a 20 cm baking dish, which is about 8cm deep. Line with baking paper.

Sift the flour twice with baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy and pale in color. Add eggs one at a time and mix well before adding next egg.

Add the flour mix in two portions at a time. Blend with a baking spatula until just incorporated.

In a spate bowl, combine carrot, chopped walnuts and raisin. Stir in through the mixture. Spoon out the cake batter into the baking bin. Bake for 45-50 minutes in preheated oven. Insert a fork to the cake and take out. If the fork is clean, the cake is ready.

Leave the cake in the bin for 15 minutes to cool down. Then run a knife around the inside edges to separate the cake from the bin; turn upside down onto a wire rack to cool down completely for another hour or so. During cooling period, you can make the icing, directions given below!

When the cake is completely cool down, place it on a serving dish or baking rack. Cut the cake in half horizontally and lift the top part carefully and set aside. Ice the bottom layer and put the top part back. Spread the ice through the top and sides of the cake. Put back in the fridge for another 2 hours to stay cool.

Please note, it is very important to cool down the cake completely before you cut the cake horizontally and spread the icing. If the cake is still warm, it causes the fragile icing to melt and losing its original texture.

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Cream Cheese Icing

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 350g icing sugar
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 150g light cream cheese, softened
  • 1tbsp honey

Directions

Sift the icing sugar twice and set aside.

In a separate bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy and whitish is color. Add cream cheese and beat for another minute.

Add 1/3 of icing sugar and beat on a low speed. Add the rest of icing sugar and mix.

Add the honey and beat until you get a creamy texture. Keep in the fridge to firm and stay cold.

Enjoy!

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