Honestly I like both! There are so many different Western carrot cake recipes out there and in fact I have posted a few already in this blog. I found this recipe from Joy of Baking and have in fact made this three times already. Carrot cakes are extremely moist and full of texture, some recipes even using crushed pineapple. I thought this sounded more of a Hummingbird Cake rather than a carrot cake. This particular recipe deviates from most carrot cake recipes I have come across as it required you to beat the eggs and sugar, similar to a chiffon sponge. The cream cheese frosting is to die for as well. All I can say is that I am definitely going to make this recipe again .... maybe sooner than you think!
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe Adapted from Joy of Baking
Serves 10 - 12
Ingredients for the Cake:
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
2 1/2 cups raw carrots, finely grated)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Cream Cheese Frosting:
57g unsalted butter, room temperature
227g cream cheese, room temperature
1 2/3 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest(optional)
Method for the Cake:
1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in ceor spray two - 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
2) In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.
3) In a separate bowl beat the eggs until frothy (about 1 minute). Gradually add in the sugar and beat until the batter is thick and light colored (about 3 - 4 minutes). Add the oil in a steady stream and then beat in the vanilla extract.
4) Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated, scrapping down the bowl at least once during the mixing.
5) Then add in the nuts, followed by the grated carrots and fold until it is mixed into the batter.
6) Divide the batter evenly into the two pans and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7) Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. After about 10 minutes invert the cakes onto the wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, and then cool completely before frosting.
8) To assemble: place one cake layer onto your serving plate. Spread with about half the frosting. Gently place the other cake onto the frosting and spread the rest of the frosting over the top of the cake. If desired, garnish with toasted nuts on the top of the cake. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
For the Frosting:
In bowl of electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese and butter, on low speed, just until blended with no lumps. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract, and lemon zest.