CARROT AND WALNUT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Frosting

Friday night I baked this cake from my new cookbook, Market Vegetarian.  You can view the book here.   It's a great book for anyone, vegetarian or not.  So many tasty recipes!  

Spring form 

This is not an overly sweet cake, and it's full of shredded carrots and walnuts.

Slice 

Here is the recipe.  The batter looks a bit odd while mixing–but it all turns out yummy.

CARROT AND WALNUT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

2 eggs separated

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of raw sugar

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon light olive oil

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 plus 2 tablespoon all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 cup grated carrot

1/3 cup walnut halves 

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

8 oz cream cheese

1 stick butter, cubed

3 tablespoon brown sugar

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

7 inch spring form baking pan

Put the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl and beat for 2 minutes.  Add the oil and baking soda and beat until just combined.  Fold in the flour, spices, carrot, and walnuts until combined.  The mixture should look quite thick.  In a separate grease-free bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form soft peaks then fold them into the cake batter in 2 batches.  Spoon the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden and slightly puffed on top.  Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. 

To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and let them come to room temperature.  Add the brown sugar and, using and electric mixer, beat for 5 minutes, until there are no lumps and beaters leave a trail when turned off.  Add the maple syrup a little at a time and beat for a further 2 minutes, until the mixture smooth and a spreadable consistency.  Spread frosting on top.

*I found the frosting a little too sweet, I would not use the brown sugar next time, also, I think unsalted butter will work best for the frosting.
 
 

 

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21 Responses
  • Susann August 03, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    This cake looks delicious! I really love the recipes on your blog :)
    -Susann

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  • Signe August 03, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    That looks delicious! And now I have a major craving for carrot cake :)

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  • Squill August 03, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    I love that book– and carrot cake is my favorite! Will definitely try this particular recipe :)

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  • Leia August 03, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    YUM! Have to convince Mum to make this with me!

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  • B August 03, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    This looks amazing! I have to try this recipe asap..

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  • Sarah O. August 03, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    This looks divine! You might like Green Tea & Raspberry cake. I made it a while ago. Here’s a link for the recipe. :-)
    http://faceysarah.tumblr.com/post/791495105/green-tea-raspberry-cake

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  • Cruz August 03, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Mmmm sounds so good! Cream cheese frosting makes just about anything better…

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  • Healthy Foods Blog August 03, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    A deliciously-looking cake! It’s amazing because it is simple yet seems so elegant.
    - Tera

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  • Michelle August 03, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Anything with cream cheese frosting is worth trying!

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  • my favorite and my best August 03, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    balls.

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  • Jen Smith August 03, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    I love a good cream cheese frosting….yumm
    jen
    http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

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  • Carolyn August 03, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    I do a similar cream cheese icing on a banana cake and I can’t remember the quantities off hand but it is cream cheese, icing sugar and lemon juice (plus a little lemon zest) it is zingy and not too sweet and I have put the same icing on carrot cake too and it is great.

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  • .:Heather:. August 03, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Yuuuuum! Thank you!
    http://behindthelashes.com

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  • TheShoeGirl August 03, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    I feel like you’re begging me to stop looking at your blog. All these recent food posts are KILLING ME!!!! hahahaha
    I have little to no will power when it comes to food.
    YUMMM

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  • Hilary Inspired August 04, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Carrot cake and cream cheese…absolutely one of my favorite combinations (next to pumpkin and chocolate). I can’t wait to try this one out!

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  • flory August 04, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    oh my looks good, can I share it on my blog too!!! let me know okay:)

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com August 05, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Flory–of course!

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  • laura August 05, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    this looks delish! might need to make it for the boys birthday
    CLOTHESURE

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  • Bárbara Moser August 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    I cooked this recipe last weekend, for father’s day (on Sunday was father’s day here in Brazil). I’ve made two cakes: one just like yours and in the other one I put rosemary instead of walnuts. The flavor was really nice. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Retro Jordans August 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Guys, Great article and very very interesting blog. That’s one thing I’m really looking forward. Looking forward to reading more from you next week.

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  • Bianca August 28, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Oven temperature is missing…want to make this but need °F! Thanks!

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