I have been craving for American Carrot Cake for a week. I guess I had such a lousy one at CB the other day that actually spark off my craving to bake one.
These days, looking at the prices of bakes in cafes or bakeries give me a shudder. If it is a quality piece of pastry, I seriously don't mind paying but to get a pieces of inferior product at that price really ruin the excitement of having desserts.
When I complained about the ridiculous pricing, hubby always consoled me that these bakeries need to pay for operating costs and that is why they have to fix their prices so. Well hubby is always so positive.
I definitely don't want to be at the mercy of these entrepreneurs to get my fix of sugar high. After all, it isn't difficult to bake one to begin with.
Looking back, I have not baked a whole cake for nearly half a year or more. Hubby was relatively surprised that I did. Well maybe this indicates that it is time to once again play with my fondant but I think I need a few more practise to reconnect as I am losing touch with frosting a cake now.
Seriously, nothing beats home made.
250ml vegetable oil
150g brown sugar
363g coarsely grated carrot (approx 4 large carrots)
120g coarsely chopped walnuts
375g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp mixed spice
Preheat oven to 180 °C. Greased and lined a 2X7" round pan.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice.
Whisk eggs and sugar on MED till thick and creamy. (Use the ribbon test to check the consistency).
Fold in the oil.
Fold in the carrot, walnuts and then the dry ingredients.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 – 30 mins or till cooked. Test using skewer. If the top is browning too fast, cover it loosely with foil.
Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack. Cool on rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
What you need:
160g cream cheese
4 tsp finely grated lemon zest
240g icing sugar
Cream butter, cream cheese and lemon zest till light and fluffy. (Use the spatula to test the right consistency).
Gradually add in the icing sugar. Cream till smooth.
Cover the top of the cooled carrot cupcake with the frosting.
Sprinkle with coarsely chopped walnuts.
Now I am a happy woman. Join me.