Greetings followers + friends! I’m blogging to you from Jack Sprat Restaurant! We just had some pizza, so I’m being my tourist-self in St. Elizabeth (another parish in Jamaica) and blogging while travelling. Haha. I’m out with my lovely friend Anna plus half of her family (You may remember Anna from my Moorlands pictures 🙂 ). I drove out today to go to Mandeville and I’m just spending some time with the people I love! You’ll see some more pictures tomorrow of some of my other friends plus another amazing treat.
Anyway, I have a little treat for you. That’s white all over with brown spots but orange on the inside?…
Still can’t guess?
Do you know now?
It’s Carrot Cake! The caption clearly gave that away 🙂
I had a carrot cake to make, which was interesting because I can’t remember the last time I had carrot cake. When I lived in the Virgin Islands it was my favourite cake though! I enjoyed making this cake; its really moist, and the cream cheese frosting really complimented the carrot cake, like it always does.
I loved the pecan decorations on top; although the recipe called for walnuts I decided to change it to pecans. I think toasted pecans…well, rock. Especially when they’re coated in cinnamon…and sugar. Yum!
I hope you try this recipe! If I were to make this for myself the only thing I would change is that I would make this cake a bit spicier. I know cinnamon in copious amounts can be a natural spice but I’m thinking…maybe both cinnamon and cardamom? Plus a bit of cayenne? I think spicy carrot cake is amazing. Am I weird? Don’t answer that.
Carrot Cake!! Marzipan from Maida Heatter's Great Book of American Desserts
5 ounces (1 cup) dark raisins
1 pound carrots to make 4 cups shredded, firmly packed
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons double acting baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large or extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
5 1/2 ounces walnuts, cut into medium-small pieces
Cream Cheese Icing, recipe follows
a handful of pecan halves, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray, line the bottoms with parchment, and spray the parchment.
Place the raisins in a vegetable steamer over shallow water in a saucepan and steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and set aside.
Grate the carrots using a food processor (I used the disc with largest holes, but you can grate them more finely if desired) or a standing metal grater. Measure and set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa, and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs. Add the vanilla, both sugars, and oil, and mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed only until combined. Stir in the carrots, raisins, and nuts.
Divide the batter evenly among the three pans and use a spatula to even out the batter. Bake the pans for 35 to 40 minutes or until the tops just spring back when gently pressed with a fingertip and the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and let stand 2-3 minutes in the pans on a cooling rack. Run a small knife around the perimeter of the cake and invert the cakes onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. It is not necessary to remove the parchment from the bottoms of the cakes at this time.
Brush any stray crumbs from the sides of the cakes and transfer the cakes to the freezer, unwrapped, for at least an hour, or until cakes are firm enough to handle. If you wish to freeze the cakes longer, wrap the frozen layers in plastic wrap and return to the freezer until you are ready to frost the cake. Do not thaw the layers before icing.
When ready to ice the cake, prepare a large, flat cake plate by lining it with four strips of wax paper to make a square. This wax paper will catch any crumbs and icing while frosting the cake. Remove the parchment paper from the bottoms of the cakes. Place one cold and firm cake layer upside down on the plate. Spread a thin layer (2/3 cup) of the icing evenly over the cake. Cover with the second layer, also upside down. Spread another 2/3 cup icing over the second layer. Place the third layer on top, also upside down and spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake. Remove the wax paper strips carefully. Garnish the cake with pecan halves. Refrigerate the cake for a few hours or for a day or two. Serve cold right from the refrigerator.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Pinch My Salt
oz. cream cheese (2 packages), softened
/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick), softened
teaspoon vanilla extract
/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Turn mixer to low speed and blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. If refrigerated, the frosting will need to be brought to room temperature before using (after frosting softens up, beat with mixer until smooth).