Monday, May 4, 2009

Carrot cake - Repost

I prepared this carrot cake with marshmallow bunnies for the Easter 2009.
I am re-posting this Easter carrot cake for Sanghi's FIL : Carrots event.
Dedicating the carrot cake to my hubby as his passion for carrot cake made me dig into Google to get this recipe. This is a fusion of 3 or 4 original recipes and I added many ingredients to make it more delicious. I am sure anyone can make this carrot cake without fail and I am revealing all my secret ingredients below.

Any brand 'moist white' cake mix - 1/2 of 1 lb pack.
water - 1/2 cup (half of the amount said in the pack, as the carrot , pineapple will release some water)
Powdered cinnamon - 2 tsp
vegetable oil - 1/3 cup
egg - 1
cocoa powder - 1 tsp
orange peels - 2 tbsp
vanilla extract - 1 tsp
shredded carrots - 1 cup
Shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
chopped walnuts - 1/2 cup
raisins - 1/4 cup
crushed pineapple in can (drained)- 1/2 of a 8 oz can.

For Butter cream icing:

Unsalted butter - 1/2 bar (5 tbsp)
confectionery sugar - 2 cups
milk - 1 tbsp
vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Food colors like orange , yellow and green

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix water, oil, egg and vanilla using in a blender / mixie.
Add cake mix flour, cinnamon and run the mixer again to get a smooth batter.
Pour the batter to a broad bowl.
Add the carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple and mix well with a spoon.
Pour into a round pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 - 40 minutes..
Allow to cool and turn it upside down.

Mix softened butter with confectionary sugar, milk and vanilla essence.
This can be of a thick conssistency like a murukku flour.
Keep 1/2 cup icing separate , to add color.
Spread the white icing uniformly all over the cake by using a knife or icing tool.
Mix colors to the remaining icing .
Then decorate the cake with color icing using the icing cone.
If you do not have an icing cone then fill the colors to small zip lock covers , cut a small opening at a corner and decorate the cake.
The ultimate carrot cake is ready!

Note: The above said quantity is enough to make one round cake of 2 inch height.
So , double the quantity to bake 2 rounds .
Adding 2 tbsp of chocolate cake mix will enhance the taste.
Adding orange juice instead of water will make the cake more flavorful.

Serving suggestions:

Refrigerate the cake and serve chill as dessert.
Makes one round cake.


Parita said...

Lovely the addition of the cute bunnies :)

VineelaSiva said...

Wow what a lovely and colourful cake viki.

Nandinis food said...

Lovely cake...beautiful decoration...Love those cute bunnies .....adding orange juice and chocolate is really yummmmmmm.....

Padma said...

What a lovely cake with colorful decoration :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

wow Viki kalukureenga :) the cake looks so lovely and cute :)

Vrinda said...

Cute cake Vikey..those marshmaloow bunnies r my fav..

Subhie Arun said...

wow...lovely cake with lovely decorations...kudos to u..viki....

Pooja said...

Lovely cake, well presented and great idea! I never had the courage to experiment with ingredients while making a cake. Hats off to you :)

ARUNA said...

lovely colorful cake!!!

Cham said...

Beautiful decoration and give a spring look!

Manju said...

the bunnies look cute and love the addition of pineapple..always felt carrot cake didnt have much of a zing to it, with the pineapple that wont be a problem! :)

Priyameena said...

Wonderful entry...I just love the way it is been decorated..Soo cute..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Lovely cake Viki a perfect entry!!!

Suparna said...

Hi Viki,
Tha's a great looking cake, u've put in so much of time and effort sweetie:) it's interesting to read how many flavours u've incorporated into the cake....great multiple combo.the cake is a stunner :)nice entry for the event.

Chitra said...

hi viki, carrot cake looks yummy..i tried ur channa pulao and posted in my blog.thanks for the yummy dish dear:)

gtyuk said...

colorfully decorated yummy cake, kids will love it for sure !!!

Unknown said...

very cute cake..

kittymatti said...

so cute! this looks so wonderful! U seem to be a chef!

Ashwini said...

Wow lovely cake.Nicely decorated.

lissie said...

awesome are so innovative! loved your secret ingredients..yumm!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Wow - what a cake! Lovely...

Ammu said...

Amazing cake viki. I like especially the bunnies sitting on the cake. very cute looking cake.

Swapna said...

Lovely cake with nicely decorated.

Vibaas said...

How cute is that?! :) Very adorable carrot cake :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful cake!

phanitha said...

cake looks very cute... said...

Lovely cake..Colourful too..