Monday, January 2, 2012

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake ~ "Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. The origins of Carrot Cake are disputed but it is thought to come from Gothenburg, Sweden. The popularity of carrot cake was probably revived in Britain because of rationing during the Second World War."

"Carrot cake closely resembles a quick bread in method of preparation [all the wet ingredients, such as the eggs and sugar, are mixed together, all the dry ingredients are mixed together, and the wet are then added to the dry] and final consistency [which is usually denser than a traditional cake and has a coarser crumb]."

"Many carrot cake recipes include optional ingredients, such as nuts, raisin, pineapple, or coconut. The most common icing on carrot cake is a cream cheese icing [icing sugar, butter and cream cheese]."

"Carrot cake is often referred to as Passion cake. Carrot cake was voted as the favourite cake in the United Kingdom, according to a survey in the Radio Times in 2011."

From wikiHOW

Carrot Cake Recipe

For The Cake:
2 cups (250g) self-rising flour
2 cups (400g) sugar
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) oil
4 eggs

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. black walnut flavoring
3 cups (330g) shredded carrots
1 cup (120g) chopped black walnuts
For The Frosting:
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup (120g) butter milk
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 tbs. Caro syrup

Carrot Cake Photo By thinktankmommaFor The Cake: Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Grease and flour a bundt pan. In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, eggs, and flavorings. Add flour and cinnamon to the mixture. Mix in carrots and nuts. Pour the mixture into a pan. Bake for one hour. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan. For The Frosting: To a small sauce pan add baking soda, buttermilk, sugar, and syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil. Pour mixture over the cake and let it sit.

Text Credits: Wikipedia wikiHOW
Image Credit: thinktankmomma

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