Sunday, March 30, 2008

Easter Carrot Cake


I made this cake for Easter dessert. It turned out fabulous!!! I hosted Easter dinner for 7 people and everyone loved it. All the men went back for a 2nd piece. The original recipe came from Cooks Illustrated found on Good Things Catered. I am also entering this cake in the Easter Cake Bake, hosted by A Slice of Cherry Pie.


Carrot Cake

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour (12 1/2 ounces)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (I used a little more for the lack of ground cloves)
1/8 tsp ground cloves (I omitted)
1/2 tsp table salt
1 lb. medium carrots (6 to 7 carrots), peeled
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar (10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil , safflower oil, or canola oil

8 oz cream cheese, softened but still cool
5 Tbsp unsalted butter softened, but still cool
1 Tbsp sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar (4 1/2 ounces)

Directions:
Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 13 by 9-inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in large bowl; set aside.
In food processor fitted with large shredding disk, shred carrots (you should have about 3 cups); transfer carrots to bowl and set aside.
Wipe out food processor work bowl and fit with metal blade.
Process granulated and brown sugars and eggs until frothy and thoroughly combined, about 20 seconds.
With machine running, add oil through feed tube in steady stream.
Process until mixture is light in color and well emulsified, about 20 seconds longer.
Scrape mixture into medium bowl.
Stir in carrots and dry ingredients until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking time.
Cool cake to room temperature in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours.
When cake is cool, process cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla in clean food processor work bowl until combined, about 10 seconds, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
Add confectioners' sugar and process until smooth, about 10 seconds.
Run paring knife around edge of cake to loosen from pan.
Invert cake onto wire rack, then invert again onto serving platter.
Using icing spatula, spread frosting evenly over surface of cake. Cut into squares and serve. (Cover leftovers and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

If you don't have a food processor, here are the stand mixer directions:
Shred carrots using large holes of box grater (you should have about 3 cups); transfer carrots to bowl and set aside.
In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or in large bowl and using hand-held mixer), beat granulated and brown sugars and eggs on medium-high until thoroughly combined, about 45 seconds.
Reduce speed to medium; with mixer running, add oil in slow, steady stream, being careful to pour oil against inside of bowl (if oil begins to splatter, reduce speed to low until oil is incorporated, then resume adding oil).
Increase speed to high and mix until mixture is light in color and well emulsified, about 45 seconds to 1 minute longer.
Turn off mixer and stir in carrots and dry ingredients by hand until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking time.
Cool cake to room temperature in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours.
When cake is cool, mix cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla at medium high speed in clean bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment (or in large bowl using hand held mixer) until well combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
Add confectioners’ sugar and mix until very fluffy, about 1 minute.


4 comments:

CB said...

This looks so yummy and I am not even a fan of carrot cake. Your little carrot decor is too cute!

Kim said...

Cute easter cake, and I am a fan of carrot cake. I like your decorations too.

Katie said...

Looks so great! I love the little carrots on it! So cute.

MrsBethorama said...

CB-You like carrots, just try carrot cake! You won't be disappointed!

Kim-Thank you!

Katie-Thanks for posting the recipe on your blog so I could find it! :)