Carrot Cake is my FAVORITE Cake ever! I recently came across a recipe which is without a doubt the best carrot cake recipe I have ever tested. Especially with an orange cream cheese frosting! Want to make them? See below how to!
Makes approx 15 Cupcakes
For the sponge:
225g carrots – Peeled, Trimmed and Grated
2 Large Eggs
130g Caster Sugar
120ml Sunflower Oil
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Grated Zest 1 Orange
120g Plain Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarb. Soda
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
For the Icing:
175g Cream Cheese
450g Icing Sugar, sifted
125g Unsalted Butter at room temp.
Grated zest of 1 Orange
Method – Sponges
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (fan) / 180 Degrees C / Gas Mark 4 and line a couple of muffin trays with the appropriate size and number of cupcake cases.
Finely grate the carrots and drain off any liquid. Combine the grated carrots and raisins in a large bowl using a wooden spoon and put to one side.
In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and sugar together for several minutes and then add the oil, vanilla extract and orange zest and beat well.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon into a separate bowl, then gradually add these ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture, beating well after each addition. Pour this mixture into the bowl containing the carrots and raisins and incorporate using a wooden spoon or spatula until they are evenly blended.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases filling them to about two thirds full. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes – the cupcakes will be quite dark brown in colour and feel ‘spongy’ to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins for about 10 minutes before carefully placing on a wire rack to cool.
Method – Orange Cream Cheese Icing
Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat well until thoroughly combined and the icing is smooth and pale – this can take several minutes with an electric hand mixer.
Top the cupcakes with the icing in whatever way you want – I piped mine, but some people like to apply with a palette knife.
I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if anyone tries it! They are seriously To Die For!!