Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

It feels like it’s been forever since I blogged last, but I’m back and it’s all about those decadent, yet healthy (I mean, it’s carrot cake!) desserts…

My mother loves carrot cake and for her birthday I didn’t want just any carrot cake; I wanted something absolutely sinful, yet light, so you could definitely go for seconds or even thirds! Yep… this cake is THAT good and absolutely easy to make!

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It’s perfect for tea, or actually, just about any time. Like do you even need a specific time to eat cake? Okay I’ll stop with describing how amazing this cake is and get on to the actual recipe!

The original recipe is a single layer cake, which I doubled to make it more special. The recipe is adapted from 1 Mix, 50 Cakes by Christine France. If you don’t have it already, I’d recommend you get it. The recipes are easy to follow and the results are great!

   Carrot Cake

  • 350 grams plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 350 grams butter (softened)
  • 350 grams muscovado or brown sugar
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 400 grams, grated carrot
  • 75 grams chopped pecan nuts (optional)

Grease and line two 9-inch round tins and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Add the butter, sugar and eggs. Beat well until smooth, then stir in the orange juice, carrots and pecans (if using).

Divide the mixture between the 2 tins and bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C for about an hour, until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Leave the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, turn onto a wire rack and cool completely.

On a cake tray, place one cake, spread with a generous serving of frosting and place the next cake on top. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake and around the sides (I wanted a naked cake effect) and decorate with pistachios!

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** The frosting recipe is below **

** The cinnamon, ginger and orange juice elevate the flavour of the cake and give it a subtle tangy-ness (Yes, I invented the word) **

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 110 g softened cream cheese
  • 350 – 400 grams icing sugar (depending on the consistency of the icing required)
  • finely grated rind of 1 and 1/2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (or more, if required)

Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth, adding more orange juice if required. I prefer mine to be slightly thin, just in case you’re worried about the extra calories.

It seems that there’s a lot of icing sugar in the frosting. However, the cake isn’t as sweet as you’d expect, so the frosting is balanced out by the cinnamon/ ginger in the cake.

It’s the perfect cake for indulgence!

Bon Appetit!

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