Carrot cake with an orange twist

Tips and Tricks for the best carrot cake

If you wish to make the best carrot cake, there are a few tricks and tips that you must do. First off, use different ingredients than the usual nuts and carrots. How about cranberries, raisins with an orange twist! Secondly, store your carrot cake properly so it can stay moist for a long time. And last, use a great cheese frosting. This post will explain all these points.

How to make the best carrot cake

So the best way to make the best carrot cake is to use different ingredients than the traditional. This recipe is all about that! First off, place the rack in the middle position and turn on the oven ay 350 °F. Secondly, line two 20-cm (8-inch) springform pans with parchment paper. Do not apply any butter or oil inside the pan at the bottom or on the side. Now, combine the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, the spices, and the salt. Set the bowl with the dry ingredients aside.

Now it is time for the other ingredients. Add the eggs, the oil, and the sugar, and mix for about 5 minutes, at a high speed. The mix should almost double in quantity. Now add the orange juice, the dry fruits, and the carrots and mix with a wooden spoon. When all the fruits are well incorporated, add the dry ingredients and mix carefully.

Divide the batter among the 2 pans. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Run a knife around the cakes to remove it from the cake pans. When your cake is cooled, only then you can spread the frosting on top of each cake and layered them on top of each other, like in the picture

Carrot cake with a twist

How to revamp your frosting

If you wish to upgrade your carrot, not only you need to use new ingredients but you should upgrade your frosting. First, add 1 package of cream cheese into a stand mixer, add the icing sugar, the zest of an orange and the juice of 1/2 of orange. Mix carefully all the ingredients together until you get a smooth and creamy texture.

How to store a carrot cake

If you want a moist carrot cake, don’t put it into the fridge. If you store your carrot cake into the fridge it will dry out and it is not good. The best way to store it, it is to use a cake container, that closed hermetically and keep it into a fresh place, like kitchen counter away from heat sources. You can safely keep it there for a maximum of 5 days.

When is National Carrot Cake Day

It is celebrated annually on February 3. There is a National day for almost any of your favorite food. Check out this site for all the fun dates to add to your calendar

Carrot Cake with an Orange Twist

by Melanie Dompierre
Quantity for: 8 people
PREP TIME15 mins
COOK TIME1 hr
cooling20 mins
TOTAL TIME1 hr 15 mins
How to make the best carrot cake with the best cheese frosting. 

Ingredients

Carrot cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (freshly pressed)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 cups carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 1 cup dry raisins
  • 1/2 cup dry cranberry

Cheese frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese (250 g)
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 3 cups icing sugar

Instructions

Carrot Cake

  • Place the rack in the middle position and turn on the oven ay 350 °F. 
  • Line two 20-cm (8-inch) springform pans with parchment paper. Do not apply any butter or oil inside the pan at the bottom or on the side. 
  • Combine the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, the spices, and the salt. Set the bowl with the dry ingredients aside.
  • Add the eggs, the oil, and the sugar, and mix for about 5 minutes, at a high speed. The mix should almost double in quantity.
    Carrot cake on a pedestal
  • Now add the orange juice, the dry fruits, and the carrots and mix with a wooden spoon. When all the fruits are well incorporated, add the dry ingredients and mix carefully.
  • Divide the batter among the 2 pans. 
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Cool in the pan on a rack. Run the blade of a knife around the cakes and unmold. 
  • When your cake is cooled then you can spread the frosting on top of each cake and layered them on top of each other.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Add 1 package of cream cheese into a stand mixer, add the icing sugar, the zest of an orange and the juice of 1/2 of orange. Mix carefully all the ingredients together until you get a smooth and creamy texture.

Notes

Did you make that recipe ..... tag me @mel4skilletsandpots on Instagram and hashtag it #skilletsandpots. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: baking, carrot, carrot cookies, carrot cupcake, cheese, cheese frosting, cream cheese icing, fruits cake, icing, sweet

 

The best carrot cake with an orange twist

 

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