Perfect Carrot Cake - A wonderful moist cake with a delicious orange flavored frosting. Very popular! Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a slice or two! Make a cake or cupcakes. You choose!
Ashleigh’s Perfect Carrot Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Servings: 12
Ingredients
THE CAKE BATTER
  • 450 g or 2 & 2/3 cups Peeled & finely grated carrots
  • 2 Tbsp Peeled & grated root ginger
  • 80 ml or 1//3 cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 350 ml or 1 & 1/2 cups vegetable Oil
  • 420 g or 2 cups Caster Sugar fine sugar/ cake sugar
  • 80 g Pecans roasted & chopped.
  • 500 g or 4 cups All Purpose Plain Flour
  • 2 Tsp baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
THE FROSTING
  • 100 g or 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 600 g or 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely grated orange zest
  • 250 g or 8 oz packet full fat cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Line 3 x 8 inch round pans. Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas 3
  2. Mix together the first 7 ingredients until well combined.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices
  4. Add to the carrot mixture 1/3 at a time. When combined, divide the mixture equally into the 3 cake pans
  5. Bake in the oven until spongy to touch and clean toothpick test.
  6. It should take around 45 minutes, but keep checking after it has been cooking for 30 minutes. All ovens are different. If making cupcakes, bake for approx 20 minutes.
Frosting
  1. Mix together the butter & powdered sugar until combined.
  2. Add the orange zest & cream cheese and mix until light and fluffy.
Build the cake.
  1. When the cake has cooled completely, sandwich together the cakes with layers of frosting between and then completely cover the outside of the cake, and ENJOY!