Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

        Before coming out of India, there were only two cakes in my world, a vanilla or a chocolate cake, never even imagined that you could add vegetables to cakes. When I tasted this cake the first time, I fell in love with the nutmeg flavor in it, again a first for me. My husband's colleague had made it and she was kind enough to give me the recipe, she had used apples along with carrots in the cake. I made it only with carrots and did a cream cheese icing. This is one cake for which I definitely recommend an icing, it compliments the cake so well. I did an eggless version, using flaxseeds instead, the end result was awesome..

Need To Have
  • All Purpose Flour Or Maida - 1 cup
  • Flaxseed Powder - 2 tablespoons
  • Brown Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons
  • Grated Carrot - 1 + 1/4 cup
  • Coarsely Chopped Walnuts - 1/4 cup + 4 tablespoons
  • Vanilla Extract - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Baking Soda - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - A pinch
For Cream Cheese Icing
  • Low Fat Cream Cheese - 2 oz
  • Vanilla Extract - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Butter - 1/2 tablespoon
  • Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup

          Mix the flaxseed powder to the 6 tablespoons of milk and leave it for 10 mins. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda. After 10 mins, beat the flaxseed-milk mixture well, add the milk, sugar, mix, then add the oil, vanilla extract, salt, mix well. Now, slowly add the flour, mix and finally add the carrots and walnuts, mix everything, pour it in a greased pan, bake at 350F for 25 to 30 mins and cool the cake. For the icing mix everything together, apply on top and garnish with the 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts.
Sending it to Tickling Palates for the I Love Baking event,
                to Food Corner for the Midweek Fiesta event,
                to Sizzling Tastebuds for Vardhini's Bake Fest event.
                to Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes for Srivalli's Kid's Delight event,
                to Sara's Corner for the Women's Day Celebration event,
                to Shama's Easy2cook Recipes for Sara's Cooking With Love - Granddad Series event,
                to Cuisine Delights for the Spotlight - Colorful Holi event.
                to Vegetarian Food And Me for I'm The Star event and
                to Roshan's Cucina who is hosting this month Gayathri's WTML event .

Ovens differ, so keep checking after 20 mins.
You can double the amount of cream cheese for a thick coating.

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  1. YUmmmm... Delicious and healthy cake too.Love the fork in side

  2. I love carrot cake mainly for cream cheese frosting.. :)
    Looks so delicious..

  3. I love the total spread Hema. The fork is too cute. Perfect bite.

  4. yummy and delicious cake .......

  5. That should be a yummy combination!

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  6. This cake does have the qualities I like in a carrot cake. I like them to be more dense than a birthday cake, which means that it is packed full of carrots and walnuts-yum! Also, glad there is no pineapple in there, some people add that in also. Delicious cake!

  7. yummy healthy cake i can eat ur whole plate

  8. Wonderful presentation and delicious cake

  9. Iam entering in d kitchen nw dear.2 make dis yummy,soft,fluffy,moist,delicious more words.

  10. wow...Hema a yummy bake, superbly done and it is eggless too.....awesome...

  11. Lovely cake! Cream cheese definitely goes with carrot cake!

  12. you did it perfectly. nice cake recipe

  13. looks very yum hema.. u have become a cake the addition of flax seeds & the frosting :)..Thanks for linking it :)

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  14. healthy and delicious cake ..frosting done perfectly..

  15. Delicious looking cake, love cream cheese frosting mainly with carrot cake,Mmmm!
    you have done it very well n neatly it!!
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  16. Very yummy looking cake....

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  17. I loveeeee carrot cakessss :)

  18. wow, fabulous cake..looks yum..

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  19. I Love cake at any time..perfect pic!!Well explained.

  20. Wow, yummy bake! Cake looks so delicious..

  21. Yummy and great clicks.

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  22. carrot cake is my ever so favorite!

  23. lovely carroat cake...looks perfect nad yummy.

  24. This is a very innovative thought!! Haven't heard of cream cheese with carrot cake yet!! :))

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  25. Wonderful presentation,love the texture of the cake..awesome.

  26. wow!!This is so delicious!!& a good combination...
    Thanks for sharing with Midweek Fiesta...

  27. Yummy and Healthy cake ...loving it

  28. My favorite cake and frosting combination. The addition of flaxseed makes it healthier.