Carrot Cake with Cream cheese Frosting

This is my first bake for the Sweet and Simple Bakes.Carrot Cake with the cream cheese icing is one of my favorite cakes and I was delighted to see that it is carrot cake this month! I love sitting in Barnes and Noble or Borders reading a good thriller and enjoying a luscious slice of spiced carrot cake. I have baked several cakes, mostly chocolate, but never a carrot cake. It is very rich with carrots and nuts and at every bite you get to taste ‘em!
My daughter is 2 today! And this cake goes to the cutie on her Birthday. Well, honestly, her first year was painfully slow but I have enjoyed every bit of her growing up in the 2nd year. Being a first time mom, it felt like a huge responsibility initially but I guess I am slowly growing into it myself! Having said that, I am not quite sure of her 3rd year-the terrible 2’s as they call it! Nevertheless, it is definitely a pleasure raising kids!

On to the recipe!
Changes I made: Raisins that you find in Indian grocery stores instead of Sultanas & ¼ tsp of All Spice instead of ½ tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

6½ oz self-raising (self-rising) flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp All spice
2 eggs
5 fl oz vegetable oil
7 oz light brown sugar
11 oz grated carrots
4 oz Raisins
3 oz walnuts, chopped

Cream Cheese Icing
3 oz cream cheese
3 oz softened butter
4½ oz icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract

For Decoration
Walnuts Chopped and grated carrots

Preheat the oven to 300F.
Grease a 5in X 9in loaf pan and line with a parchment paper.
Sift the dry ingredients-flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, All spice
Beat the eggs.
Add oil , brown sugar, carrots, raisins and walnuts
Now, mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and combine the mixture such the ingredients are all well blended


Pour it into the prepared tin and smooth the top.
Bake it in the preheated oven for 1 – 1 ¼ hour or until a fork/skewer comes out clean.
Let it cool in the tin for 10 min and flip it onto a wire rack carefully and let it cool down completely.




Frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter until combined well. Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and mix well. Spread the frosting on the cake after it is cooled down completely. Sprinkle carrots and walnuts!


This goes to Sweet and Simple Bakes, hosted by Maria and Rosie.

27 comments:

Pooja said...

Wow that is a lovely cake! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting must have tasted awesome!

Prathibha said...

That cake is completely moist...Love carrot cake with simple icing..

aquadaze said...

gosh that has left me drooling! BTW, my first time here, very nice blog you have :)

Pari said...

Great Job Shri.The cake looks awesome and taste too. Check out mine.

s said...

Awesome Looking Cake! Have never tried a carrot cake so far..

s said...

Awesome Looking Cake! The frosting looks delectable..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...looks yummy...love that creamy and cheesy frosting....very drool worthy....

Bergamot said...

Looks just yummy the white cream frosting complements the color of the cake very well

Hari Chandana said...

WOW... mouth watering recipe.. looks soo yummy and colorful.. lovely clicks dear!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy cake...loooks yummy

Ramya said...

Belated bday wishes to u'r sweety pie!!Carrot cake looks moist and yummy..I havent tried my hand in baking carrot cake or even muffins..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely cake with a very nice frosting.

Sushma Mallya said...

hi shri...u have a nice blog...this cake really looks very delicious...wish i could taste it now itself....

Shri said...

Thanks Ramya for the wishes!Thanks everyone for such lovely comments.

Suparna said...

hi shri,
Though carrot cake tempts me a lot havent baked it as yet ...u've made it look so gorgeous :)

EC said...

The Cake looks yumm..Belated wishes to ur kid

Red Chillies said...

Looks pretty with vibrant colors.

Shri said...

Thanks EC for the wishes!Thanks Suparna and Red Chillies for such encouraging comments!

Siri said...

As you said, the cake looks delicious and very moist Shri :)). Once again, a very very very belated happy birthday to babyyyyyy!!!!! Yeh Yeh!

Hugs,
Siri

Shri said...

Thanks so much Siri and of course she is enjoying the gift that you sent her..I cant tell you how much she adores it!Thanks again!

Vrinda said...

This my fav cake..looks perfect and nice texture...yumm.....

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Shri, wow your carrot cake looks absolutely divine. I just adore the decorations on top!!

Happy belated birthday wishes t0 your little one :0)

Thank you for taking part in this month’s Sweet & Simple Bakes event! I do hope you will join us once again in our monthly baking :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Maria♥ said...

Your cake turned out gorgeous and yummy!

Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us again.

Maria
x

joanne said...

Shredded carrot as decoration with the nuts is a terrific addition. It looks great and I know it's good because I ate the whoopies I made.
Super job - great recipe.

lilmizlynn said...

Welcome to SSB, Shri and happy belated Bday to your little gurl. Your cake looks wonderful and it is indeed delicious. :)

Wonk said...

That's one delicious looking cake, the grated carrot on top is a nice touch, makes it look really colourful and interesting.

Welcome to your first S&S bake and happy belated birthday to the little one :)

The Girl said...

Welcome to the S&S bake gang! Looks brilliant - love the idea of putting a bit of grated carrot on top as well!

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