Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
This gives an old standard a new taste.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups canola oil
- 4 large eggs
- 3 cups grated, peeled carrots
- 1 1⁄4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons minced, peeled ginger
- 10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (such as Philadelphia)
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
- 1⁄4 cup pure maple syrup
- 12 walnut halves (for garnish)
- For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans.
- Line bottom of pans with waxed paper.
- Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl to blend.
- Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended.
- Whisk in eggs 1 at a time.
- Add flour mixture and stir until blended.
- Stir in carrots, walnuts and ginger.
- Divide batter between prepared pans.
- Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
- Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes.
- Turn out onto racks.
- Peel off waxed paper; cool cakes completely.
- For icing: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until well blended.
- Beat in maple syrup.
- Chill until just firm enough to spread, 30 minutes.
- Place 1 cake layer on platter.
- Spread with 3/4 cup icing.
- Top with second layer.
- Spread remaining icing over entire cake.
- Arrange walnut halves around top edge.
Mirj Momma! This cake is FABULOUS! I made it this evening and it was gone in seconds! We were sort of celebrating a bit today since I got my Information Technology Sem II marksheet all the way from India this morning(and I got an overall 68.33%-First Class!) and bro. got his MS-Access certificate from NIIT, I decided not want to let the day breeze off without atleast a cake. More than anything, I really miss you not being on Zaar, and more than that, when I think of how these days are on you and your family right now, it brings tears to my eyes. By the time you get to seeing this review, I pray and sincerely hope you are in great health. This cake is truly good. I did not do the icing as we don't use cream cheese(weight loss!)and didn't have it on hand. I halved the recipe for the cake and made it in my AMC Dutch Oven. It took 1 hour 15minutes to bake. The cake was on the less sweet side. This was the biggest reason for its success, I think. The external auditor of the company dad is working for came over to dad's office this evening and I sent half the cake to the office for the guys to eat and enjoy. The auditor had 5 huge pieces and really praised it to the skies. He said he has made up his mind not to have dinner at home, and, kept picking up piece after piece of the cake:) I nibbled on the crumbs that kept falling off when I was slicing the cake. This cake is nice and moist - the knife just sinks into it! It has the perfect amount of spice as well. Loved it from the soul. THANK YOU for sharing, and, we all wish for you to get well soon!
I got this recipe from Bon Appetit way back in the 90's and this was the recipe that I always went to! But over the years I have tried to get into a healthier eating and although this cake is very good...it has way to much sugar and oil for my liking. I think most of the oil could be replaced with applesauce and I am sure that the sugar could be cut down to 1 cup to bring everything into proportion. I brought this cake into work one day and alot of the cake was partially eaten and most went into the garbage... because it was way too rich! There are other recipes out there that are equally as good but not so high in the calories that I would go to before coming back to this one!!!
We made the icing of this recipe for a birthday cake, and used red food coloring for a pink french vanilla cake. Yummy. Delecible. Terrific! We can see using it on cinammon rolls, even pancakes! Thanks Mirj. -B&B-