Sunday, 16 November 2014

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

I made this carrot cake today for my mother-in-law's birthday. I remembered days before and  planned to make a small cake for her, but somehow I forgot (I really can't explain what happened) and only remembered yesterday at past midnight when I was going to sleep.
I came back from church really exhausted but had to start on the cake immediately because it just didn't feel right going to say hello without at least a small birthday cake since I make cakes. With the few ingredients I had at home, I  decided to make a cake quickly. It was hard work baking and frosting within a few hours especially with the kids demanding my attention. But the beautiful smile on her face when she saw the cake made all the hard work worth it. Happy birthday mommy! I couldn't ask for a better mother-in-law.

I mixed this cake by hand because there was no power (trust PHCN) and I was not in a generator mood then. I had to put it on eventually in order to make the frosting.

I had an exciting day.

2 cups flour
3 cups finely grated carrots
4 eggs
2 tsps. cinnamon
3/4 cup vegetable
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla oil
1/2 cup milk

For the frosting
150g cream cheese
3tbs butter
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp vanilla oil


Preheat oven to 170 C. Grease and dust your cake pans.

In a bowl, sieve flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together, set aside.

In a mixing bowl put together sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Mix properly. Put the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 3 batches, stir well after each addition.

Put in the carrots and stir until mixed evenly

Pour batter into two 7 inch pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from heat and allow cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring to a metal rack to cool completely. I didn't have time to wait for it to cool so I sped up the cooling process by putting the cakes in the freezer.

Put the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar in a mixing bowl.Use an electric mixer and mix until properly incorporated and soft peaks form. This icing is simply delicious, my four year old says it tastes like ice cream.

When the cake is completely cool, frost the top of one layer with cream cheese frosting and place the second layer on the first and frost. I frosted only the top of the cake with the icing, and used sprinkles to give it some colour.
 I wasn't satisfied with the look so I decided to make a small fondant flower to place in the middle. It looked better with it.

Chopped nuts such as pecans and walnuts can be added to carrot cakes. I personally prefer using the nuts as a garnish instead of in the batter.


  1. Well done Otabi. The cake sure looks delicious. Keep up the good work :)

  2. Awww! Oti this is amazing. I need one for the weekend. Am so proud of you and happy u followed ur dream and passion.

    1. Thank you, Dorothy. I'll see about the cake this weekend.