Carrot Cardamom Cake

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Carrot Cardamom Cake

Make this delicious Carrot Cardamom Cake at home with this easy recipe. Moist and full of Flavors!

With Easter, just around the corner, it’s time for Baking!  There was a head start in my mind that it’s not going to be a variation or advancement of a chocolate cake. Well, that made it lot easier in deciding what I really want to make. Then the obvious choice had to be some sort of  Carrot Cake themed with the occasion – Easter.

Carrot Cardamom Cake

 

Carrot Cardamom Cake

I really have no clue why Carrot delicacies- be it sweet meat or savories, are associated with Easter. This association is quite interesting and I have to find out why ?? If anyone reading this post has got any literature on this, do share it with me, I would love to know all about the implicit alliance. I have a recipe for  Honey Glazed Carrots, in case you are looking for a side recipe.

Anyways, now that my baked confection was all decided, I was confident about having all the needed ingredients. The recipe is an adaptation of the Victoria Loaf Cake with lots of finely grated carrots and flavored with cardamom. Leaving my Oven set at a low temperature of 170C / Gas Mark 3, I began beating the egg until it was frothy, then included the sugar and mixed it well. Now it was time to include Oil and I noticed, I didn’t have enough. Knowing its an Oil based cake, I should have ensured there was sufficient enough.  Should I say Negligence or Over Confidence?  I could not spot the Baking Powder placed right in front of my eyes while pushing the panic button.

Carrot Cardamom Cake

carrot cardamom cake

All that I did was to turn off the oven and drive to the supermarket to buy the basics. Can you believe this !! It was a good learning at that juncture. I really hope nothing of that sort would repeat again.  After squandering away good 40 minutes, I completed the batter  and  put them in the oven after returning from the grocer. Amidst all the panic, SOS call to our chef friend and he gave me a lot of handy tips with the cake.

It was worth every effort, I must say! The cake turned out just how I would like to eat. A Carrot Cake that is full of flavors, moist and will melt in your mouth.  A perfect Tea Cake when served as it is or even mildly frosted and garnished with toasted almond flakes.

Carrot Cardamom Cake

 

carrot cardamom cake

Heyy, before we move on to the recipe did I mention that all the beautiful tableware used in this post are sponsored by Denby Pottery. Denby has been my favorite stoneware brand, even before collaborating on this post !! I would ogle at the gorgeous tableware, in my every visit to McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Ashford. The tea plates and dessert plates are from the Peveril Collection while the Oval Platter is from the Regency Range. To learn more about their Made in England Story and how they have been making pottery for over 200 years, hop over to their website.

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Carrot Cardamom Cake

Time Taken: 1 Hour | Serves 10- 12

Carrot Cardamom Cake

Ingredients:

300g of Plain Flour
300g of Caster Sugar
300ml of Sunflower Oil
300g Finely Grated Carrots + 2 Tblspn of Plain Flour
3 Large Eggs
1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 tsp of Cardamom Powder

Frosting

55g Cream Cheese, Cold
25g Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
150g Icing Sugar
1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder
Pan Toasted Almond Flakes as desired

Directions
Preheat the fan assisted oven to 170 C. Line 2 900g/2 lb loaf tins with greaseproof paper.

Using a Handheld electric whisk or in a freestanding electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat the eggs until frothy. Add the sugar and beat until well incorporated.  Add the oil in a thin flowy consistency and beat them continuously for approximately 3-4 minutes.

Slowly add the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom powder  followed by vanilla extract. Continue to beat until well incorporated.

Toss the finely grated carrots with flour to balance the moisture out. There is a good possibility for the carrots to bleed and render the cake a little too moist. Do not skip the tossing with flour. Alternatively a lot of recipes I have come across calls for squeezing out the juice from the carrots before adding to the cake. I wouldn’t do so as the essence of the carrots are truly lost.

Stir in the grated carrots by hand and give a good mix until well dispersed.

Tip the whole mixture into both the pans and place them on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for 25-30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool completely on a wire rack.

Leave the cake to stand for 5 minutes then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

To prepare the Frosting, Place the butter along with sugar into a mixing bowl.Whizz them with a paddle attached whisk in low speed until well combined. Tip in Cream Cheese and cardamom powder and beat until well incorporated. Continue to beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least for 5 minutes. Do not over do as the icing can quickly become runny.

Toast the Almonds in a non-stick pan on low flame for about 5 minutes approximately. They would turn light brown to brown in color and crunchy in taste.

When the cakes are cold, spread  a thin layer of Cream Cheese Frosting on top and garnish with pan toasted almond flakes.  You may also serve them as it is along with Tea.

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Comments (14)

  • Wow.. Cake looks so good and tempting.. Love the flavour imparted by the addition of cardamom.. Lovely clicks

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    • Thank u Suhaina.. Cardamom in this cake is very subtle yet lingering around.. It’s a flavoursome cake!

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  • This is a beautiful loaf cake and I love the flavors of carrot and cardamom together!

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  • I have only had carrot cinnamon cake. But this carrot cardamom cake looks wonderful. Just perfectly suited for this time of year! Goodness yum!

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    • Carrot and cardamom pair so well. Very mid and subtle still imparting wonderful flavours.. I need to try with Cinnamon though.
      It’s an all round the year cake – I must say.

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  • Carrot and cardamom sounds so Desi and to have these together in a cake…. Hmmm. I can imagine the taste.

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  • Carrot and cardamom would taste amazing together! The cake looks so good despite all the mishaps… happens to everybody dear… 🙂 And that crockery is just too amazing!

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    • Thank u Rafeeda.. Denby has been my favourite brand ever since I have been in UK. It’s pleasure to work with them.

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  • This looks and sounds gorgeous. Love the photos and what a genius idea to put cardamom in carrot cake. I’ve pinned it to make soon!

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    • Heyy thank you.. Please do try and let me know. If you like you may spice it up further.

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  • I want this with my coffee …I love cakes with carrots – they are so moist <3 !

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