Monday, January 27

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

it was my birthday a week ago
planned to sew a birthday dress
like i did for all the past birthdays that happened in my sewing life
but i failed
i'm away from my sewing machines for over a month now
spending time with nikola, at his home up in the mountains
and, although i have a sewing machine here
i lack so many silly little sewing things
that i had to stop my work on birthday dress
before i ruin that gorgeous fabric
it's cold and snowing outside
nikola is snowboarding
and that's not my thing, at all
i like snowy white frosting better than real snow
and baking is my idea of fun
so i give you cake!
and i'll show you the dress when it's done
(i believe it might be my favorite one ever)

for the cake:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
finely grated zest of one orange
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
3/4 cup walnuts (crushed)
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup yogurt
2 large eggs
for  the frosting:
300 gr (10.5 oz) cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
preheat oven to 180 C (375 F)
butter 20cm (8 inch) round cake pan
in a large bowl mix 
flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon
add orange zest, grated carrots and walnuts, mix to combine
in medium bowl mix sugar and oil
add yogurt, mix well, add eggs
add egg mixture to flour mixture
gently mix with rubber spatula, until just incorporated
transfer to cake pan
and bake until top is firm, and toothpick inserted into the center
comes out clean, about 40 minutes
cool the cake completely
meanwhile, make the frosting:
combine the powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and butter in a bowl
beat with an electric mixer, for few minutes, until smooth
(you may need to add more powdered sugar
to get the right consistency)
cut a cake in half horizontally
frost both halves, and stack one on top of the other
(and if you're a bit more patient with all that frosting business than i am
your cake is going to be much more photogenic one)


  1. Happy Birthday! That cake looks amazing.

    1. thanks, laurel! it tastes amazing as well :)

  2. Happy belated birthday.
    Carrot cake is my favorite. I´m going to try your recipe next time. That looks yummy!

    1. thank you, merche.. it's a great one, i'm sure you're going to love it :)

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAKE GIRL!!! i hope you eat cake all week long.

    1. thanks, lovely! yup, cake all week long! haven't made a proper meal for a week, but made 6 different deserts instead, and that's about all i eat! it's heaven (and hell for nikola, he doesn't have a sweet tooth, poor thing)

  4. i love carrot cake, yours looks so delicious! happy birthday!

  5. Yum yum yum! This looks delightful! I hope you had a nice birthday, pretty girl!

    1. thank you, sonja! and yeah, i had a great one :)

  6. This looks delicious. I am going to have to make this! Carrot cake is always one of my favs.