Easter Carrot Cake

Just in time before the Easter-Weekend I’m revealing my favorite carrot cake recipe. For those of you who don’t know carrot cake: no worries, it doesn’t taste like carrot at all, it tastes really fresh and sweet!

 

Ingredients:

400 g carrots

250 g flour

2 tsps baking powder

180 g sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

180 ml neutral oil (like rapeseed oil, thistle oil or sunflower oil)

4 eggs

200 g ground almonds

 

Frosting:

300 g cream cheese

100 g powdered sugar (sieved)

1 pckg vanilla sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

Toppings:

chopped pistachios

marzipan carrots

 

Preparation:

Wash, peel and grate the carrots.

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

Mix sugar, eggs and oil with a hand mixer or kitchen machine and add the grated carrots and the ground almonds.

Mix flour with baking powder and cinnamon and also add it to the mass while stirring. Grease a springform pan and fill the mixture inside. Bake for 50 minutes (test with a skewer).

The cake tastes best when you bake it a day or two in advance and let it sit at room temperature to become even more juicy. However, the frosting is something you should make the day you want to eat the cake – just in time for the whole thing (cake with frosting on it) to be left in the fridge for another few hours to cool before you serve it.

And this is how its done: Put cream cheese and lemon juice in a bowl and mix it with a hand mixer or kitchen machine. Slowly but constantly add powdered sugar and vanilla sugar.

In case you want to decorate the cake the same day you bake it: wait until the cake is completely cooled! Coat your cake with a frosting spatula (if you don’t have one, not a problem – I even did it with a cake shovel once), spread a few pistacchios on top and put it in your fridge for an hour at least.

Very important: if you want to use those cute little marzipan carrots (you can buy them in almost every supermarket) put them on top of the cake just right before you serve it (not hours before and certainly not the day before)! Otherwise this will happen:

Super easy cake but looks so sensationell and tastes fantastic. Time to shine at your Easter family feast 😉

Happy Easter everyone!

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