This carrot cake is one of my favourite recipes because it fills the house with such bright colours and sweet and spiced scents. We recently moved into our new flat, and it was the first thing I made to break in the kitchen and oven. A housewarming gift to ourselves!
It’s been a while since I last posted because Jonathan and I were in a bit of a whirl trying to get moved into our new place. Between our first place in London, and now, we have lived in a couple of AirBnBs, a couple of hotels, a short-term apartment, and a canal boat in Wales. We kept all our boxes in storage, while we lugged our suitcases everywhere, and packed and unpacked so many times. Somewhere along the way too, I accidentally left my basil plant on someone’s windowsill … : ( Needless to say, I didn’t really have a kitchen until now.
Now that we are settled in, besides being really happy to have more than one pair of jeans again (and finally, warm clothes for the winter), a part of me came back alive after being reunited with my pots and pans and spatulas. The new place felt like home as soon as the kitchen boxes were unpacked!
I don’t make this carrot cake recipe too often because it takes a lot of work. Grating all the carrots is no small feat. But I can’t really complain this time, because Jonathan saved me halfway through and finished grating. It’s probably the only time I allow him to come into the kitchen … !
I’m not sure where I first came across this recipe, but it has served me well over the past few years. I don’t always follow it exactly as I wrote it down in my recipe book, and this time I used about half white flour and half wholemeal (whole wheat) flour. I also cut down on the sugar in both the cake and the frosting. It makes the frosting a little less stiff, but I definitely did not miss the sweetness. You can see from the pictures that instead of a double layer cake, I baked it into 7.5 cm individual cakes. Ah, right now, I’m really loving individually sized desserts!
Housewarming Carrot Cake Recipe
makes one 2-layer 8 inch cake / 12 7.5 cm mini cakes / 24 regular cupcakes / lots of mini cupcakes
– 1/2 kg (1 lb.) carrots, grated
– 4 eggs
– 1 3/4 c. sugar
– 1/4 c. sunflower oil
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 c. white all-purpose flour
– 3/4 c. wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– 1/4 tsp. baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/3 c. raisins
Preheat oven to 180C / 350F and grease pans with a bit of oil.
In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, wholemeal flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking power, salt and 3/4 cups of the sugar. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 cup of the sugar until it is thick but airy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer on medium speed. Slowly add in the sunflower oil and vanilla, and beat for another 5 minutes on medium speed, until well incorporated.
Slowly add in the dry mixture, and beat until mixed.
Gently fold in the carrots and raisins.
Pour or scoop the batter into the baking pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
When the carrot cake cools, frost with cream cheese frosting.
Simply Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
– 225g (2 sticks) of cold butter
– 500g (1 lb.) cream cheese
– 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
– 1 tsp. vanilla
Cut the butter into small cubes. Mix the butter with the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar by spoonfuls, mixing after each addition. If needed, refrigerate to stiffen the frosting.