Sometimes, all you want is a good carrot cake. Am I right?
Well, thats what I really wanted when I woke up at 5:30 with 0% sleep in my eyes and with hands longing to beat some batter and fill some cake pans with gooey cake goodness.
What I wanted to discuss here is, that some recipes, although simple and old fashioned, contain charm and charisma due to that. I've been researching vintage recipes recently and I must say they have such wit and charm that I can't stop digging them up. I mean mayo cake? Yes, it exists!
and may I continue...7UP Cake..Yes! It exists! Many households still bake this cake to this day.
I find these recipes very intriguing, to see how the world of baking has evolved, how things used to leven, sweeten, and so developed to reach the recipes found today.
Other than that, you are here for that Chai Spiced Carrot cake aren't you? Here it is!
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt
4 carrots (300g) shredded
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Vanilla bean cheese frosting
140g butter, soft
3 cups icing
1 vanilla bean
450g cream cheese
Preheat your oven to 175C. Oil three cake tins.
Mix the dry ingredients with the chai spice and set aside. In a mixer, mix the sugars with the egg and vanilla until well combined. Slowly start drizzling the oil until it has been combined very well and is light in colour. With a spatula fold in the flour and follow with the carrots and walnuts. Divide between the three cake tins and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on racks before turning out.
To make the frosting, in a mixer whip the butter with the sugar and vanilla bean. slowly add the cream cheese by the spoonful and continue mixing until light and fluffy. refrigerate until ready to use.
When the cake has cooled and frosting has chilled, layer them all together by spreading frosting, chopped walnuts, and sunflower seeds between the layers. frost the cake all over, garnish with more walnuts and sunflower seeds, and chill before serving.
And thats it!
I leave you with my current favourite track, plug your earphones, and bake away.