This is one of the simplest recipes of carrot cake I know, and if you’re the kind that is not into so much of the spice enhanced varieties, then this is for you.

CARROT CAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar (granulated or caster)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 medium sized eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 3 cups of thinly grated carrots (compacted)
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional, I didn’t put any in mine apart from as a garnish)

Method:

  1. Heat the oven at 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine the sugar and egg. Mix rigorously until the colour lightens. Add in the oil afterwards.
  3. Add the flour and make sure it is incorporated.
  4. Mix in the ground cinnamon, baking soda, salt and vanilla.
  5. Lastly, add in the carrots and combine well.
  6. Pour into your preferred pan and bake. Depending on the thickness of the batter in the pan, cooking should take 30-45 minutes. I always check after the first 25 minutes to see if the surface has “hardened” and if not, leave it for another 10-15 minutes before doing a toothpick check.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Ingredients:

  • 200g cream cheese (softened)
  • 1-3 tbs of butter (softened, optional)
  • 2 tsp of milk
  • 4-5 cups of icing sugar (or more, depends on you)
  • a dash of vanilla essence

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and “stiff” to your liking.

The Assembly:

  1. Once your cake has been baked, make sure it cools completely before frosting. In this case, the thickness of my cake was 0.7cm in width, so I smeared my frosting in between two layers of cake.
  2. After I did that, I popped it into the freezer for a while. Best to leave it at least an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 2-3 cups of white chocolate¬†using the bain-marie method and let cool, but make sure it’s still molten.
  4. Take the frosted carrot cake from the freezer and cut it into 3cm x 3cm pieces.
  5. Dip into the white chocolate, coat completely and place onto a baking sheet to harden. I sprinkled walnuts on top for decoration.

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