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Carrot cake

Posted on June 13, 2008 by in baked goods

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Carrot Cake seemed like the perfect way to celebrate Monday, 16 June when we celebrate Youth day. On June 1976 students in Soweto rioted in protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction of half their school curriculum, sparking eight months of violent uprisings across the country.

Carrot cake can either be very good or very horrible. I think I found the very good recipe!

Youth Day is a national holiday in honor of all the young people who lost their lives in the struggle against Apartheid and Bantu Education.” For many of us, who were not a part of the struggle, this is just a breather after a week of exams(my son’s first) and auditions…in general just a stressful week. My in-laws are also coming to stay for the weekend and I know mom’s favorite is Carrot cake. I don’t think there is a healthy Carrot cake, but this is an healthier version and truly delicious!!

Wholewheat Carrot Cake


250ml cake flour
250ml wholewheat flour
7ml bicarb
10ml baking powder
5ml ground cinnamon
5ml ground cloves
2ml salt
300ml vegetable oil
4 eggs
250ml crushed cooked pineapple(I use tinned)
500ml coarsely grated carrots (I heap my cups a bit)
250ml chopped pecan nuts
375ml sugar
Preheat oven to 180C. Prepare 23cm cake tin with oil and greaseproof paper.
Mix dry ingredients together. Beat eggs and oil together. Mix with dry ingredients. Now, mix carrots,pineapple, nuts and sugar together and then mix with flour and egg mixture. Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean. Cool and decorate with cream cheese frosting. Make a good cup of coffee and enjoy!!

For the icing

250 g Philadelphia cream cheese – the brick

250 g butter

500 mlΒ  sifted icing sugar

5 ml vanilla extract


Place the butter in a mixer and beat until the butter is light and fluffy. Add 250 ml of the icing sugar and mix well. Add the other 250 ml icing sugar and mix again. Now cut the cream cheese in small blacks and add these blocks one at a time while keeping the machine running. The result is light, fluffy and cream cream cheese frosting. Spread the icing on a cooled cake or muffins. Sprinkle some chopped pecan nuts over the top if you so wish.

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27 Responses to “Carrot cake”

  1. RecipeGirl 14 June 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    I was just thinking the other day that I’d like to make a good carrot cake. I love the little orange carrot on top πŸ™‚

  2. noble pig 14 June 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    Carrot cake is my hubby’s all time favorite dessert. I always make them in every combination.

  3. Peter M 14 June 2008 at 6:47 pm #

    Nina, I bet that carrot cake doesn’t last the weekend. I know I’d be eating it for brekkie.

    Have a restful weekend…

  4. steph- whisk/spoon 15 June 2008 at 12:33 am #

    oh, that looks delicious!

  5. That Girl 15 June 2008 at 3:24 am #

    This makes me so happy I have some carrot cake in the fridge right now!

  6. Pam 15 June 2008 at 3:31 am #

    One of my favorite desserts. It looks so delicious.

  7. Passionate baker...& beyond 15 June 2008 at 4:11 am #

    Now that’s one good looking cake Nina…YUM. The photography is super too. Also love the lamb curry picture…loaded with character!!

  8. kat 15 June 2008 at 6:58 am #

    Yum carrot cake is the best & i like to fool myself its healthy because it contains carrots!

  9. Evelin 15 June 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Ooh, your carrot cake looks delicious! The frosting really adds up to it – I’d like to dunk my spoon in right away:)

  10. katiez 15 June 2008 at 9:38 am #

    It’s got fruit and veg in it…of course it’s healthy! And then the dairy in the frosting…calcium!

  11. Maryann 15 June 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    I just had some yesterday. It’s one of my favorites, but I like walnuts in mine πŸ™‚
    That little carrot decoration on top of your slice is so cute.

  12. nicisme 15 June 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    Looks like an awesome carrot cake!
    Hope you have a super weekend!

  13. Bellini Valli 15 June 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    I’m with your mom and carrot cake is one of my favourites:D

  14. Janna 15 June 2008 at 6:35 pm #

    So decadent! I love (with a big puffy beating heart) carrot cake. I would love to be a guest at your house for dinner any time. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I nominated you for a blog award on my blog. Come check it out!

  15. Aggie 15 June 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    Your cake looks absolutely delicious! I’ve been wanting to make a carrot cake for my husband, but for some reason have been intimidated with baking one, I will definatley have to try this one!

    Ps…found your blog on leftoverqueen!

  16. Aggie 15 June 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    P.S.S…I’m always looking for whole wheat recipes, thank you for posting this!!!

  17. Lori Lynn 16 June 2008 at 9:32 am #

    I’ll take mine with a cup of black coffee.
    Cute carrot!

  18. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 16 June 2008 at 11:49 am #

    recipe girl – you won’t be sorry if you try this version. It is delicious!

    noble pig – my hubby shares the passion….

    peter m – we had the last of the carrot cake yesterday with vanilla ice-cream.

    steph – thx it was….

    that girl – I did not even have to keep ,mine in the fridge, it never lasted long enough to go off!

    pam – I am not a dessert eater, but I could live with a piece of this for mid day coffee.

    passionate baker – the photography is really still trial and error and I have to take about 50 shots to get one good one, but thx for noticing.

    kat – healthy it is NOT!!!!

    evelin – it was a very good frosting – my first try and I liked it a lot.

    katiez – there you go, kat. There is your answer about the nutritional value of this cake!!!!

    maryann – great minds think alike, they say!

    nicisme – thx I had a great weekend!!

    belinni valli – I think both you and my mom are adorable people!

    janna – you are more than welcome…and thanks so much for the award. It changed my weekend from good to extraordinary.

    aggie – I am so glad you came over. Hope you will visit again. Once you’ve made this recipe, you will try it again and again!!!

    lori lynn – come on over… is brewing.

  19. Helen 16 June 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Wow that carrot cake looks absolutely mouthwatering! It is one of my all-time favourite cakes and rightly so I think!

  20. Elly 16 June 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Mmmm, I am drooling all over my keyboard. Carrot cake is my absolute FAVORITE kind of cake and this looks perfect.

  21. Kevin 17 June 2008 at 2:20 am #

    That carrot cake looks so good!

  22. Kate 17 June 2008 at 5:43 am #

    That cake looks insanely good, not to mention that frosting! Can’t wait to try it!

  23. Rose&Thorn 17 June 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Beautiful cake, I also have to make carrot cake for my Mum!

  24. Proud Italian Cook 18 June 2008 at 4:51 am #

    Nina, Carrot cake is one of my favorite! Yours looks superb!!

  25. Jeanne 18 June 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Mmmm, carrot cake is my favourite – I even had it as my sedding cake! I will definitely be bookmarking this one to try.

  26. Manuela 20 June 2008 at 12:07 am #

    Great pictures!
    This cake is mouth watering, it looks delicious.

  27. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 20 June 2008 at 5:20 am #

    helen – I am amazed at how many people actually love carrot cake.

    elly – “Slurp!!!”…I think you must rather bake one yourself.

    kevin – thanks, Kev!

    Kate – I cannot take any credit for the frosting, but I have to tell you that I am so glad I finally found a cream cheese frosting that works.

    rose & Thorn – why wait…..

    proud italian cook – you’ll be happy that you tried this recipe.

    jeanne – let me know what you think of the recipe!!!

    nauela – thanks for the visit….

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