Sunday 12 May 2013

Carrot cake with maple buttercream

I have previously posted a carrot cake recipe but came across this one recently and tried it with a maple syrup buttercream which I think worked really well so decided to post the new recipe and video.

The history of carrot cake dates back to the medieval period - from the 5th century to the 15th century. Carrots were used as a sweetener because other sweeteners were scarce at this time. According to, carrots contains more sugar than any other vegetables. Originally carrot puddings were more made but from the 1900's the concept of the carrot cake became more popular. During the Second World War when sugar was rationed the carrot cake grew in popularity. It was not until the 1960's that they became commonplace in the United States. Nowadays they are in all coffee shops and cafes.

To watch a  video of me making the cake please click on the video below:

Large mixing bowl
Electric mixer
Measuring jug
square cake tin 8" by 8"

Carrot cake
150g (5 1/4 oz) dark muscavado sugar
175ml (6 fl oz) vegetable oil/sunflower oil
3 eggs
175g (6 oz) self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
175g (6 oz) grated carrots
100g (3 1/2 oz) sultanas

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade (350 fahrenheit or gas mark 4). First beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and beat well until all mixed. Add in the carrot and sultanas and mix together.  Then add in the sieved flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix together.

Pour the mixture into the baking tin. Bake in the centre of the oven (with the oven on a regular (not fan) setting) for about 40 to 45 minutes. Once cooked the cake should feel springy to the touch and a cake tester or tooth pick should come out clean. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the tray and then cool on a wire rack. Leave to cool completely before adding the buttercream topping.

Maple buttercream frosting - see alternative cream cheese version below

350g (12 1/4 oz) icing sugar
175g (6oz) softened unsalted butter
3 tbsp maple syrup

 Cream cheese alternative

350g (12 1/4 oz) icing sugar
100g (3 1/2 oz) cream cheese
75g (2 1/2 oz) softened unsalted butter
3 tbsp maple syrup

Sieve the icing sugar and beat in the butter (and cream cheese) and maple syrup with an electric beater (starting very slowly).  It should be smooth and thick and creamy.

Using a palette knife spread the frosting over top of the cake. It should be a generous thick frosting making sure you spread it right to the edge of the cake.

Cut into squares.

1 comment:

Louise said...

I'll definitely be making this in th next few days. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!

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