Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best Carrot Cake Ever!

 Trust me, this recipe is the best, most delicious, moist, perfectly sweet, fresh, cinnamony, cardamomy, masterpiece of a cake.  I'm not bragging about my culinary abilities by saying all that, because I don't mess around with baking and follow cake recipes word for word.  I give all the credit to the cupcake project.  The only liberties I took were adding cinnamon to the frosting, a touch of nutmeg and ginger to the batter, and turning it into a cake rather than cupcakes.  Trust me when I say that there is no better carrot cake recipe out there.

Cake Recipe (I double it and make a double layer cake):
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 1 C finely chopped carrot (about 1 large carrot) - It's easiest to do this in a food processor. If you use organic carrots and scrub them well, you don't even have to peel them first.
  • 1 C (200 g) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 C dessicated coconut 
  • 3 handfuls of currants (You could use raisins instead if you prefer.  You could also add a half cup of any kind of nut.)
  • 1/4 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C flour
  1. In a large bowl, combine everything but flour, eggs, oil, and butter. 
  2. Add oil and butter and stir vigorously to combine. 
  3. Add eggs in one at a time, combining well after each addition. 
  4. Add flour in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.
  5. Divide evenly among cupcake liners.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until creamy and light.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. You can add more or less to get your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in cardamom and vanilla until fully integrated.
  4. Pipe or slather onto your cupcakes.

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