Emilie's Pastries
Carrot Cake 02/04/2011
 
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Carrot Cake Recipe:
  • 1 cup (100 grams) pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 pound (340 grams) raw carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated)
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) safflower, vegetable or canola oil (or other flavorless oil)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups (230 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin)
Garnish: (Optional)

  • 1 cup (100 grams) toasted and finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Marzipan Carrots (See instructions on bottom of this carrot cake recipe)

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Carrot Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter or spray two - 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper. 

Toast the pecans or walnuts for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

Peel and finely grate the carrots. Set aside.


In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.


In bowl of electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the eggs until frothy (about 1 minute). 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 then beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. With a large rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots and chopped nuts. Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  


Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. After about 5 -10 minutes invert the cakes onto the wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, and then cool completely before frosting. 


To assemble: place one cake layer, top side down, onto your serving plate. Spread with about one third of the frosting. Gently place the other cake, top of cake facing down, onto the frosting, and spread the rest of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. If desired, press toasted and finely chopped nuts on the sides of the cake and decorate the top of the cake with marzipan carrots (see below). Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.


Serves 10 - 12.


Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/CarrotCake.html#ixzz1D1zBweVp

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Marzipan Carrots:

 

To make the carrots you will need: Marzipan and orange and green icing colors (can use liquid or paste food coloring). Knead a small amount of orange food coloring into the marzipan until the color is distributed and is the desired "carrot" color. Shape into carrots, using a toothpick to make veins. Knead a small amount of green food coloring into the marzipan and make the carrot tops.

Marzipan is a cooked mixture of finely ground almonds, sugar, and water. It is slightly sweeter and firmer than almond paste and has a smoother texture. It comes in plastic-wrapped rolls.


Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/CarrotCake.html#ixzz1D1ypLFmS

 


Comments

02/15/2011 11:45

This recipe didn't work very well.I don't like you. 0 stars. ):<

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