The cake is really delicious with juicy carrot & raisins and the crunch of the coconut & pecans. The sugar syrup makes it moist too.The texture of the cake is crumbly and dense.
The baking aroma of coconut is equal to spa therapy. I bet it will elivate ur spirits.
Have you tried the Outback Steak House carrot cake OMG thats the best I have tried so far.I have been craving for that since few days so thought why not try it at home. I am glad to have succeeded to a great extend. I should have added some canned pineapple pieces and its juice to make it complete.
I made only 6 slices as one whole cake with two layers is too much for us to finish…Come onn …now one piece of carrot cake is too less for me two is the minimum I like. So exactly six slices not less and not more to make us feel guilty on overindulgence.
I am yet to catch up with this routine.
Ingredients: Makes only 6 slices
Carrot -2 medium freshly grated
Dry coconut grated / flakes- 1 cup (I used sweetened flakes)
Raisins -1/2 cup chopped
Pecan -1/2 cup chopped
Dry Ingredients :
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
White granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder- -1 tsp
Nutmeg powder-1/4th tsp
Wet Ingredients :
Vegetable oil/ Olive oil – 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Sugar syrup:(This is the secret of keeping the cake moist)
Sugar- 1 tbsp and Water – 1/2 cup. Mix and keep it ready.
Cream Cheese – 1/2 of 8 oz pack in room temp
Unsalted butter- 2 tbsp in room temp
Fresh Cream – 1 tbsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Powdered sugar – around 2 cups
Few Pecans for decoration.
Mix the dry ingredients
Combine grated carrot,coconut , raisins and pecan chopped and mix with the dry ingredients mixture.
Beat the eggs add oil and the essence mix well.
Finally combine the dry and wet parts together.Mix until well incorporated.
Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes.Until the cake tester comes out clean.
Let the cake cool down on wire rack after resting in the cake pan for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile whip the frosting ingredients and keep it ready. Add fresh cream little more if u want to thin out the frosting a bit.
If the cake has risen in the center. Cut slightly on top to level it .Cut the cake into two in the exact middle.Sprinkle sugar syrup on both pieces.
Spread 2 tbsp or so of frosting on first half of cake and mount the second cake half on top of it.
Spread the remaining frosting on the cake evenly. Decorate with pecans and refrigerate.
This helps the frosting to set well.
Heat the knife in hot water and wipe with paper towel then slice the cake. Repeat heating and wiping for every slice to get really clean edges & neat slices , no smears of frosting.
|When you want just a piece of cake -Why make two cakes to layer when u can cut it into half and layer one on top of the other?|
Hope u like it
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