Saturday, January 9, 2010

Carrot Cake/Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake is so versatile, it can be made as cupcakes for dessert, or as a carrot loaf for breakfast! This can also be made as a whole cake with frosting in between 2 round cakes and frosting on the top.

I made this as a loaf, and loved the taste and texture, and it tasted soo good with tea! I would definitely make it again. I added my own touches, of adding walnuts to the loaf. Walnuts go really well with the carrot loaf! Love the nuttiness and crunchiness of the walnuts in the loaf! One could add raisins as well, but I do not like the taste of raisins in the carrot cake.

Here is the recipe!


250g/1 3/4 cup wholewheat flour
25g/8 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon fresly grated nutmeg
125g dessicated coconut(fine coconut)
5 medium eggs
250g/1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
185ml/6 1/2 fl oz. vegetable oil
500g finely grated carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

For the cream cheese frosting:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 loaf pans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the 2 loafpans with cooking spray and line the base with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg together, then stir in the coconut so it does not clump together. Beat the eggs, oil and sugar in an electric mixer until it becomes pale and has doubled in volume. Gently fold in the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix and lose volume. Fold in the carrots and walnuts. Pour the mixture equally in both the loaf pans. Bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the loaf, before removing it from the loaf pan.

Cream together cheese and butter until creamy and smooth. Gradually stir in sugar. Amount varies, depending on how sweet you want it to be. Stir in one teaspoon of vanilla.

Divide the cream cheese frosting over both the loaves, and spread evenly on the loaves. Store it in a cool place!

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