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Saturday, 1 August 2009

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Sweet & Simple Bakes Monthly Baking Event.



The first of the month means time to present ‘Sweet and Simple Bakes Monthly Baking Event’. I presented a tried and tested recipe this month of a “Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”. Carrot cake has to be one the best classical cakes around, and I have never found anyone yet who refuses a slice. The use of carrots has been included in many sweet recipes in Britain since medieval times. There are many recipes for carrot cake, but for me this has to be one of my family favourites! You could exchange the sultanas for raisins and walnuts for pecan nuts it really is a forgiving cake that does not mind a few little tweaks here and there. The wet ingredients added to the dry ingredients and mixed together in this bake makes for yet another sweet and simple bake. The cream cheese frosting finishes off the cake a treat. However, the frosting maybe omitted if you so wish and served plain. I have seen little fondant carrots adorn tops of cakes and they do look fantastic or for simplicity a few sprinkles of choice or walnut halves, work just as well for me.




Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Serves 12

Ingredients
180g (6½ oz) self-raising (self-rising) flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp mixed spice (Pumpkin pie spice)
2 eggs
150 ml (5 fl oz) vegetable or sunflower oil
200g (7 oz) soft light or dark brown sugar
300g (11 oz) grated carrots
100g (4 oz) sultanas
75g (3 oz) walnuts, chopped (optional)
Cream Cheese Icing
75g (3 oz) cream cheese
75g (3 oz) softened butter
125g (4½ oz) icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
For Decoration
Sprinkles or walnut halves - optional

You will need a 13cm x 23cm (5 in x 9 in) loaf tin, oil and line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

Method

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas mark 2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl and leave aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, now add the oil, brown sugar, grated carrot, sultanas and chopped walnuts. Stir in all sifted dry ingredients and bring the mixture together with a wooden spoon. Turn into the prepared tin, smooth the top of the mixture and bake in the oven for 1 – 1¼ hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make The Cream Cheese Icing: Beat the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl until combined. Add the vanilla extract, icing sugar and mix to combine. Using a palette knife, spread the icing evenly over the top of the cooled cake. Add the sprinkles or walnut halves if desired. Served cut into slices.

Note: I would advise you to store this cake in a cool place due to the cream cheese icing.

Lastly slip into the sublime world of Carrot Cake and eat your heart out on a slice or two....mmmmmmm....

*I have submitted this post via scheduled posting to ensure the correct posting date due to holidays; we have prearranged plans for a day trip.*


Don’t worry folks; I will be back for posting the round-up tomorrow (2nd August) on Sweet and Simple Bakes Blog, please do call by and view our S&SB bakers creations. If you would like to join in our monthly bake, we would be most delighted to have you join in and bake with us – everyone is welcome!




43 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Nothing better than carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Looks delicious. Love your decorations on top.

Mary said...

Rosie your cake is so tempting , i'm on a diet at the moment , well i'll enjoy eating a piece with my eyes, have a nice weekend!!

Gloria said...

Dear Rosie happy to see you!!!! I missed you a lot!! Lovely (as ever) your carrot cake, look temting and yummy!!!!! xoxoxoxoGloria

Maria♥ said...

Thanks for submitting my favourite carrot cake recipe this month. I love this cake!! Yours came out gorgeous Rosie.

Maria
x

HannahBanana aka Amanda said...

Geez I love carrot cake. Yours looks so ooey gooey and deelish. Great recipe!

Ann said...

The cake looks so much a delight..but i may omit the icing part..coz am not into that..lovely carrots

Coleen's Recipes said...

I love carrot cake!! Yours is so pretty!

Liz said...

This is a great cake, Rosie. It looks soooo delicious!
I don't know if you read my last comment, but I have a surprise for you in my blog, stop by whenever you want!
Have a great week-end, Liz.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious cake! Very tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ingrid said...

I couldn't tell you if I've had carrot cake before because I'm not a fan of raisins and didn't want to be picking them out. I guess now that I can bake my own I can just leave up out. I like that this is baked in a loaf pan. It's enough for everyone to have a piece or two but not three or four. :)

Perfect amount of frosting, too. Enjoy your day!
~ingrid

A_and_N said...

OMG, carrot cake! I love a good carrot cake. With some lemon cream cheese frosting. Sigh. I should make some now!

ReeseKitchen said...

Fantastic cake! But can i bake it in paper cups?

Rose said...

i love carrot cake! My bf and i baked some carrot cupcakes the other day, vegan ones. They turned out ok...just ok :) yours looks delish!

Joanne said...

Loved the recipe but then I'm a sucker for carrot cake in general. As for omitting the frosting...Oh NO! Love the cream cheese. If you eat cake - go for all the sinful taste that's involved with it :)

lilmizlynn said...

Love your carrot cake! Looks so delicious and yummy!! :)

comfycook said...

I am glad we made carrot cake. It is a favorite for most people and it is easy to make. That is a good combination.

When, I first, looked at yours, I thought it was round but now I see it is a rectangle. I like it the way it is. Very pretty.

Lucie said...

This tasted as wonderful as it looked on your website - thank you for another great recipe - and for your kind comments - this must take up allot of your time -so thanks for it all. Best wishes, Lucie

Joyce said...

It looks delicious:)
Joyce

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Your cake looks delicious!

Chef Jeena said...

Beautiful cake Rosie it is so cute!

Sugar said...

this event actually motivates me to try out new recipes..My hubby loves the carrot cake...
Thanks rosie...

The Caked Crusader said...

I do love a nice juicy slice of carrot cake - this looks a cracker Rosie! Great job

Indigo said...

I'm a total sucker for carrot cake and this definitely looks a good one... and cream cheese icing! I approve, lol!

Hornsfan said...

Who could resist that cake - it looks fabulous!

Wonk said...

This was a super carrot cake recipe, I think I prefer it to the one I used previously.

I love the wavey effect you created with the frosting too, looks so pretty with the coloured iced swirls.

Bridgett said...

Rosie, you make the most darling (and tasty) cakes. I could easily polish off a slice of this one. I can never resist a good cream cheese frosting.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks my 'dear' friends - you are all so very kind :0)

This carrot Cake would taste great on its own if you don't fancy adding the cream cheese frosting. It would keep better too, but having said this it didn't hang around to long not to keep ;0)

Hi Reese Kitchen, oh yes this would be good too in cupcake form. The amount of baking time would of course need to be adjusted. I would tend to think 30 - 40 ish minutes to bake them, but please check after 25 minutes because I haven't as yet baked these in cupcakes sizes. If making the frosting I would also increase the amount to ensure good coverage on each cupcake.

Best wishes Rosie x

Debbie said...

Not only does that cake look delicious but it is absolutely adorable. I love the decorations!

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely cake Rosie :)

HFJ said...

Your cake looks lovely - this is a great recipe : )

DessertObsessed said...

supercute cake! i love carrot cake bc it makes me feel healthy...

The Girl said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe I absolutely loved it and can't wait to roll it out again and impress everyone with my new-found baking skills!

Margaret said...

Fabulous cake Rosie! I am addicted to carrot cake - homemade of course.

Heather said...

Such a delicious looking carrot cake - I love the loaf size too; I prefer this to the round, layered carrot cakes.

nora@ffr said...

never tried carrot cake b4.. pretty decoration rosa. love it very much. sure gonna try this soon :)
cheers!!

Donna said...

I think Carrot cake may just be my favorite! Looks SO darn good!!hughugs

Grace said...

best cake and frosting combination of all time, if you ask me. looks terrific!

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