Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Delishar

Made this 3 weeks ago to celebrate the husband’s birthday. I actually got my heart set on making him a chocolate ombre cake with salted caramel frosting. Whenever I ask the husband what his preference will be, his answer will always be, “Everything is fine :)”. So I didn’t bother asking him what he wants this birthday and decided on the chocolate salted caramel cake. I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate AND salted caramel right?!

However, just 2 days before his birthday celebration, I casually asked if he would like me to bake him a specific cake. This time round, he said yes! He wanted a carrot cake. That changed the plan altogether! And I wasn’t prepared for the change…plus I couldn’t say no. So I started working, and searching for a recipe that will yield the type cake I know he will like. 

The next day I went out to get all the ingredients, and mentally go through the whole baking and decorating process. The plan was to keep the cake simple, create swirls with my off-set spatula, then top the sides of the cake with chopped walnuts. So on the day of the celebration, I baked the cake in the morning, frosted it, and decorated it as planned. 

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As I was packing the cake in the box for storage, my youngest daughter came up to me. She asked what cake did I baked for daddy. I answered that daddy wanted a carrot cake, so I baked one for him. Peighton gave me a look with a little disappointment, then said,”But mom…A carrot cake must have carrots on top…”. That face and voice melted my heart! I told her that I’ll see what I can do. Of course I’m going to put carrots on top!

As the girls took their nap, I started working on the ‘carrots’. Coloured some left over cream cheese frosting with orange gel colour, snipped off the end the piping bag, and piped the carrot. Use constant pressure, pushing the tip in then continue doing that till the length u want, lighten pressure and pull off. The pushing in is what creates the ridges.  The carrot tops are made with Wilton Tip 67, and cream cheese frosting tinted with green food gel. The smile that I got from my girl’s face when she saw the carrots on top was priceless. 

This recipe yields the perfect texture of carrot cake. Moist, not overly sweet, and beautifully spiced. The cream cheese frosting adds nice tang that complimented the spiced carrot cake perfectly. I particularly liked the crunch from the walnuts. Enough blabbers, here is the recipe. 🙂

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Delishar

2 layers 6 inch cake

Carrot Cake

  • 250 g finely grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp vegetable oil 195ml
  • 1/3 cup white sugar 67g
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 74g
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups + 2 tbsp plain flour 208g
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 block 8 oz cream cheese 225g, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter 75g, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 256g, sifted
  • Toppings for side of cake: 1 to 1-1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Carrot Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

  • Grease and flour 2 x 6 inch baking tin.

  • Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • In your mixer, beat sugars and oil together.

  • Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla, and beat until smooth.

  • Add dry ingredients into mixer bowl, and beat until just combined.

  • Fold in grated carrot and chopped walnuts. Do not over-mix!

  • Divide batter into prepared pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.

  • Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, remove from pan to cool completely on wire-rack before frosting.

  • Level off the top of the cake before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using your mixer, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth and lump-free.

  • Add vanilla extract and salt.

  • Mix until combined.

  • Lower speed to low and gradually add in sifted powdered sugar.

  • Then increase speed to medium-high and beat until combined.

  • If too thin, add more powdered sugar, too thick, add milk tsp at a time.

  • If too runny, pop it in the fridge to chill before frosting.

Use the shaved cake and left over cream cheese frosting to make cake pops!
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Delishar

A few days ago I shared a recipe for Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, that I made for the husband’s mini birthday celebration. Standing in the background of the Carrot Cake picture is this super moist Red Velvet Cake. Why 2 cakes, you ask? Because we are actually a family of greedy cake eating monsters!

Well, that was my lame attempt to crack a joke. But I can certainly imagine my daughters being very tickled by that statement, and loving it at the same time. The truth is that we were celebrating 2 birthdays on that day. I invited my mother and brother’s family to come over for dinner and cake. In the conversation, my sister-in-law mentioned that it’s her helper’s actual birthday that day. So I told her that we will celebrate her birthday as well. 

red velvet cross section

Since I’m already making cream cheese frosting, for the carrot cake. I whipped up a double batch to be more efficient. Baking a red velvet was a no brainer because it’s an easy one bowl bake, and it goes so well with the cream cheese frosting!

Here’s a cross section of the cake. Just look at how moist the crumbs turned out to be! I should have pulled out my food processor to get finer crumbs for topping the cake. But having it like that adds a little texture, and a different rustic look to the cake. I had very good feedback for the cake that night. I’m not someone with a sweet tooth, but this cake is one that I will make over and over again. 

Red Velvet Process

Red Velvet Cake

Delishar

Makes ONE, 2 layers 6 inch cake

Red Velvet Cake

  • 1 cup plain flour 128g
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder 14.25g
  • 3/4 cup white sugar 150g
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 120ml
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 120ml
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hot coffee 60ml
  • Red food colouring as desired

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 block 8 oz cream cheese 225g, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter 75g, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 256g, sifted

Red Velvet Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325F/160C.

  • Grease and flour 2 x 6 inch round baking tin.

  • Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder.

  • In your mixer, beat sugar and oil until combined.

  • In another bowl, beat in egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and red food colouring.

  • Then add in coffee, and white vinegar.

  • Add 1/3 of the flour mixture into mixer bowl, then 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture.

  • Allow to mix after each addition.

  • Alternate until done, and just combined.

  • Divide batter into the 2 prepared baking tins.

  • Bake in middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until skewer inserted comes out clean.

  • Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before de-moulding.

  • Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using your mixer, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth and lump-free.

  • Add vanilla extract and salt.

  • Mix until combined.

  • Lower speed to low and gradually add in sifted powdered sugar.

  • Then increase speed to medium-high and beat until combined.

  • If too thin, add more powdered sugar, too thick, add milk tsp at a time.

  • If too runny, pop it in the fridge to chill before frosting.

Level the cake layers before frosting, and save the crumbs as toppings.
Either blitz it in your food processor or crumble it with your fingers.

Adapted from Divas Can Cook

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