Carrot Cake is one of those cakes that never go out of style. One bite will tell you why. This rich and moist spice cake, full of grated carrot and toasted nuts, has great flavor, especially when covered with a cream cheese frosting. The interesting part about adding grated carrot, is how you really don't taste its flavor.
'Carrot' comes from the Greek word "karōton" and the Greeks started the belief that eating carrots would improve your eyesight. John Ayto in "An A-Z of Food & Drink" tells how during World War II the British furthered this belief by saying that British pilots improved their night vision by eating huge amounts of carrots. They were, however, only trying to encourage the eating of carrots as it was one of the few foods that were not in short supply during the war.
75 gm chopped walnuts
255 gm bread flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup corn oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
455 gm grated carrots
390 g sugar
cream cheese topping:
220 gm cream cheese
60 gm unsalted butter
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
130 gm icing sugar
finely grated orange zest of an orange
1 teaspoons orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh milk
1.Preheated oven until 180 degree C.Butter cake pans
2.Peel and finely grate the carrots.set aside.
3.Toast walnuts in a small baking pan in the oven until fragrant,5-10 minutes.Let cool and then chopped coarsely.
4.Beat the eggs until frothy.Gradually add the sugar and beat until the batter is thick and light colored (about 3-4 minutes).Add the oil in a steady stream and beat in the vanilla extract.
5.In a separate bowl,whisk flour,salt,cinnamon,baking powder and sodium bicarbonate.
6.Add the above mixture into eggs mixture and beat just until incorporated.
7.Add the grated carrots and chopped walnuts and mix with rubber spatula just until blended.
8.Scraped the batter into the prepared pan,spreading evenly.
9.Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean(40-45 minutes)
1.Beat cream cheese,unsalted butter,vanilla extract,icing sugar,orange juice,milk and lemon zest until fully incorporated and smooth.
2.Spread the cream over the cooled cake.