There are a couple of things I have learnt to do in the southern hemisphere winter. Crank up that old oven in my kitchen and feel that warmth. The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla fills the house with warmth and I simply love it. In my dreams, I wish there was a fireplace and a dog too. But for now, they are my wishes and I will settle down with my cat and some happy carrot cake. This carrot cake has loads of carrot, is zero oil or butter used and the most decadent cream cheese frosting to make it perfect.
Don’t be afraid to bake
Baking forever has classified itself as an exact science. This certainly creates a perception that it is difficult. Well, it is the science of baking, it is pure food chemistry. Coming from a science background, this doesn’t create any panic in my head rather makes me think of the fact that baking actually makes you feel good! I am currently teaching my younger one to be that confident. Burn that cookies with confidence, pull that cake that will fall … it is all good. For, each time you learn something new and do more with confidence. Over a period of time, it will create a collection of successful recipes save them and repeat. See, after all, it doesn’t look so bad. You still can bake and just as you do, make sure you try this zero oil cake recipe with the comfort of cream cheese frosting.
This zero oil carrot cake.
This carrot cake recipe is slightly deviating from the exact science of baking. Hold your thoughts, it works and worked every single time even though it is a zero oil cake. If you read the recipe, there is loads of carrot here, yes there are 4 cups of it, co I don’t believe a carrot cake should have slithers of carrot here and there. It should have carrots in every bite and enough to feel the carrots in it. The eggs make up for the oiliness needed so it still yields a moist cake without a huge egginess.
I love to add candied ginger to this recipe as it tastes amazing as you bite into some, especially in winter. Adding nuts to this is totally up to you, but I went for some hemp seeds. You could use some chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds.
The cream cheese frosting
According to my daughter, any carrot cake is incomplete if it was not having the cheese frosting. Since cheese frosting is a bit thicker than buttercream frosting we made for the confetti cake and holds shape better we decided to work on it with the minimal fork tricks. We have tried a basic basket weave pattern with a fork. How do you like it?
Lots of carrot, carrot cake
- measuring cups and spoons
- 4 medium eggs
- 1 cup unrefined sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 4 cups carrots grated
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
on top of the cake
- 2 tbsp Hemp seeds
for the cheese frosting
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 150 gram cream cheese
- 2 tbsp butter (softened)
- 1 tbsp crystallised ginger or candied ginger
to make the cake
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes
- Grease the baking pan and dust it with flour. or line the pan with baking paper.
- Into a large mixing bowl, crack and add the eggs, cinnamon powder and the sugar.
- Whisk till the sugar is well dissolved and the eggs are fluffy.
- Sift in the flours, baking powder and baking soda and fold gently.
- Add the carrots, crystallised ginger and fold well.
- Pour into the greased mould and tap well ( this remove any trapped air in the cake.
- Sprinkle the hemp seeds on top and place the cake mix in the oven
- Bake till the skewer comes out clean in the centre of the cake.
- Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.
- Once the cake is cooled unmould the cake and let it rest for 1 hour
For the cheese frosting
- Into the mixing bowl add the cream cheese, the icing sugar and softened butter.
- Whisk gently till the ingredients are combined and the cheese frosting is soft and fluffy.
- Keep it chilled.
to frost the cake
- Place the cake on a turntable ( or a makeshift one like us, an inverted plate on a tumbler.
- Place the frosting in the centre of the cake and using a knife, spread the frosting in spiral motions away from the centre while slowly turning the cake,
- Once the top of the cake is fully covered, you could work your way to the sides. (We did not)
- Using a fork, gently press in a criss-cross pattern on the frosting.
- Chill till the frosting sets.
- Enjoy the slice, with family and friends.
Will this carrot cake freeze well?
Absolutely. Don’t hesitate, cool and freeze the cake. It will thaw delightfully. Somehow, don’t like freezing with the cream cheese frosting so I freeze only the cake. Once I defrost the cake, I make a fresh cream cheese frosting for it.
Decorating the carrot cake for Easter
A few carrots slither is what I love to just top the delightfully tasty zero oil cake. Come Easter time, if I am baking the cake to share, Pipe up some small rosettes and top them with a small chocolate egg or those tiny decorative carrot candies that you get in the baking aisle.
I bake this cake every Easter. Each time I do, I think of updating the recipe content, but rarely do. With the gently nudge from Foodies redoing old posts I am so glad I got it together to make changes and bring better version to you. Hope you like it!
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I can’t agree with your comment about carrot cake isn’t complete without the cheese frosting. I feel that really seals the deal. Great recipe!
Indeed, they are a match made in heaven.
Wow loved the recipe and tips. Will try to make the carrot cake.
Please let me know when you try, will love to hear your feed back.
I love carot cake, gonna get my hands on to prepare one with your recipe shared,thanks for this 😀
This has to be the best looking carrot cake I have ever seen.
I am always looking oit for ways to feed my daughter vegetables and this sounds like something she will hog on ; Thanks for this 😊
I love carrot cakes, never tried this recipe but will try it out too!
So even though I am a chocolate fiend, I will say that Carrot Cake is pretty awesome! Love this recipe you came up with that has real fresh carrots. I also agree with your daughter that though the moist cake you created is awesome, its the Cream Cheese Icing that makes it!
I am not a carrot cake fan but my mom is and she would LOVE This!
Carrot cakes are always a good treat! I remember I used to grab it from the local baker’s shop since I don’t know how to make it.
My lost love to baking reignite with all this enticing photos . Thanks for sharing ! Will deffo give this a try.
Carrot cake is really one of my faves, especially with cream cheese. Thanks for the recipe and all of the insider tips. I wish my attempt would be half as great as yours. Haha
I agree with your daughter! No carrot cake is complete without a creamy cream cheese frosting.
This looks divine. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for the write up.
Although I’m not huge on carrot cake, the frosting looks incredible!!
Looks absolutely scrumptious!
I absolutely love carrot cake!
lots of carrot – an apt name 🙂 the cake by itself looks delish and the frosting must have accentuated the flavour profile, seema. my little bunny at home would love this for sure..
The zero oil carrot cake looks amazing Seema. The frosting looks good and well made by your daughter.
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is out of this world. Love it. Baking during winter is comforting and warms up the house automatically. Am planning to bake a cake this weekend and I think its going to be your version of carrot cake.
I am impressed by the fact that you have managed to come up with carrot cake recipe with zero oil. The texture looks fine. I admire the courage and patience that you have in trying to arrive at such a wonderful recipe. I agree with you that carrot and cream cheese frosting pair very well. Nice post.
I love that fireplace and dog idea (well the dog not so much 🙈🙈), but the moist carrot cake will more than make up for it .. bet it was (is) delish
Haha, I didn’t end up with the dog, but rather a cat! I am sure when you make this carrot cake recipe you will probably have the same image in your mind.
I absolutely love this delicious and easy carrot cake. Love the fact that you have used no fat of any kind. It looks so very tempting. I am try this one too soon.