carrot cake

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love carrot cake! The other day my flatmate, Marta, made some! I love it when she bakes! She always shares her delicious tartas with me. I really admire people who always have a sweet treat freshly baked for guests (or flatmates). My Grandma Toni always has a pie or cake ready for whoever happens to pass by her house. Usually it’s her famous marble cake. Hospitality is such a beautiful way to be.

Well here is the recipe, in Spanish, for the carrot cake Marta made. It turned out really well! She thought it was a bit too sweet. You could slightly decrease the amount of sugar. She also added pineapple even though it’s not in this recipe.(Here is a good recipe in English. It’s pretty similar except it contains flaked coconut too.)

Tarta de zanahorias:                                                        

  • 1 vaso aceite vegetal
  • 2 vasos de azúcar
  • 4 huevos
  • 2 cucharaditas de canela
  • 2 cucharaditas de bicarbonato
  • 2 vasos de zanahoria rallada
  • 1 vaso con nueces picadas
  • 2 vasos de harina
  • 2 cucharaditas de levadura
  • 1 cucharadita de sal

Preparación:

Mezclar en un recipiente hondo el aceite vegetal y el azúcar.

Añadir los huevos uno a uno, batiendo bien después de cada huevo.

Tamizar todos los ingredientes secos

Añadir los ingredientes secos al bol hondo de la mezcla de aceite y azúcar y mezclar bien.

Revolviendo poco a poco, añadir las nueces y la zanahoria rallada al bol.

Una vez engrasada y polvoreada la fuente, introducir toda la mezcla y hornear.

Crema:

  • 2 paquetes de  queso blanco para untar (ej. Philadelphia)
  • Una pizca de sal
  • 1 cucharadita de vainilla en polvo (opcional)
  • 2 cucharadas de leche
  • 1,5 vasos de azucar glasé

Utilizando una batidora eléctrica a velocidad reducida o un tenedor, batir el queso blanco para untar junto con la leche. Poco a poco, ir añadiendo la vainilla, la sal y el azúcar. Esta crema se deberá conservar en la nevera y ser añadida a la tarta cuando ésta se vaya a servir.

180º 1 hora-1 hora y cuarto.

Marta frosts the cake

Tip: Wait until the cake has completely cooled before frosting. What a mess!

carrot cake and sunlight on a spring day

close-up

I should have taken a photo of a slice before we ate it all! I like the way she decorated it simply with some walnuts. I definitely prefer this presentation to the kind with giant, bright orange carrots painted all over with icing.

Next I want to try a recipe that is less sweet and very, very carrot-y.  One time I tasted a vegan one like that. Do you have a favorite carrot cake recipe?

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