Carrot Cake

How can one possibly make a superb Carrot Cake without the hassle of grating carrots and pineapple, without chopping nuts and not having to worry about mixed spice well past its sell-by date? Here is the answer! This 2 egg 18 cm Carrot Cake will make you famous.

YOU WILL NEED

Cake

  • 1 x 595 g Ina Paarman’s Carrot Cake Mix
  • ¼ cup (60 g) butter, melted
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) canola or sunflower oil
  • ½ cup (125 ml) full cream milk, warmed

Cream cheese icing

  • 125 g butter, at room temperature
  • 250 g medium or low fat cream cheese or smooth cottage cheese
  • 3 T (45 ml) full cream milk
  • 1 x 250 g Ina Paarman’s Vanilla Icing Kit
Method

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter and line the base of an 18 cm x 7 cm loose bottom (preferably) cake tin. Decant the dry flour mix, from the foil pack, into a bowl. Add 1 T (15 ml) of the measured melted butter and toss it with the flour (this ensures a moist, light textured baked cake). Beat eggs and remaining melted butter together for 30 seconds on high speed until well blended. Carry on beating while adding the oil. Add warmed milk and beat briefly on high speed. Add carrot and pineapple mixture and beat it in.
Add the flour mix and gently fold it in by hand with a spatula. Mix until combined. It is important not to overmix.
Scrape mixture into prepared tin. Level the top and make a slight hollow in the middle. Place in the oven and bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Cake is done when a thin-bladed knife inserted into the centre comes out clean and the cake pulls away slightly from the sides of the pan. Cool cake in the tin for 10 minutes. Turn out on a cooling rack. Do not ice until cake is completely cold. Cut the cake horizontally through the middle to form two layers before icing. Watch the video on how to emulate the illustration on the box.

Icing the cake

Cream butter until soft. Add cream cheese and beat lightly until smooth. Add milk and beat in very briefly. Add Icing Mix and fold into mixture or beat in on slow speed until evenly blended. Add a little more milk to soften if the icing is too firm. Sandwich cake halves together with a little less than half of the icing. Coat the sides with a thin layer of icing. To get an evenly thick layer of icing on top, pipe and then smooth the icing. Garnish with chopped nuts if desired.

Variations:

Two smaller cakes

Bake in 2 x 15 cm cake tins for 35 minutes. Ice these single layer cakes individually. Use half the cream
cheese icing for each cake.

Muffins

Line a muffin pan with paper cups and fill ⅔ full with carrot cake batter. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes at 190°C. Makes 12 muffins.

Ina's Tip

Kosher households can replace the ½ cup (125 ml) warmed milk with warm almond, soya or coconut milk.