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Old 06-04-2008, 21:19
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Anyone on here had any success making carrot cake? In a nutshell, I want to make one that is like that you get from those coffee shops that are usually part of a bookshop.

I've tried a few recipes but tend to get something that tastes ok but is too crumbly. Modifying the recipes (eg more egg, less flour, less baking powder) doesn't seem to work. So where am I going wrong, or does anyone have a good recipe?
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Old 06-04-2008, 21:26
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Anyone on here had any success making carrot cake? In a nutshell, I want to make one that is like that you get from those coffee shops that are usually part of a bookshop.

I've tried a few recipes but tend to get something that tastes ok but is too crumbly. Modifying the recipes (eg more egg, less flour, less baking powder) doesn't seem to work. So where am I going wrong, or does anyone have a good recipe?
i have tried a few times but had no success so i hope someone does post a recipe that works
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:26
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i make delia's carrot cake. the sultanas make it lovely and moist and i've never had a problem with the result. i make different icing to what she recommends cos i don't like the taste of it.

here is the recipe:

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/l...e,1130,RC.html
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:35
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This recipe is really good, nice and moist and not too crumbly. I usually replace the raisins with chopped walnuts though and make a basic cream cheese frosting to spread over the top. A couple of times I've not had any nutmeg so just put a bit more cinnamon in and it was fine.

I've been searching for the perfect carrot cake recipe for years and this is my favourite one yet
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Old 07-04-2008, 15:24
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This recipe is really good, nice and moist and not too crumbly. I usually replace the raisins with chopped walnuts though and make a basic cream cheese frosting to spread over the top. A couple of times I've not had any nutmeg so just put a bit more cinnamon in and it was fine.

I've been searching for the perfect carrot cake recipe for years and this is my favourite one yet
I've got that recipe, its very good and I've tried a few. Have the Good Food magazine every month.
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Old 07-04-2008, 15:44
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I've got that recipe, its very good and I've tried a few. Have the Good Food magazine every month.
I subscribe to Good Food. Can't wait for it to drop on the doormat every month!

Sad old git that I am!
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Old 07-04-2008, 18:31
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This recipe is really good, nice and moist and not too crumbly. I usually replace the raisins with chopped walnuts though and make a basic cream cheese frosting to spread over the top. A couple of times I've not had any nutmeg so just put a bit more cinnamon in and it was fine.

I've been searching for the perfect carrot cake recipe for years and this is my favourite one yet
I might give that a go - I don't like dried fruit so I'll put the chopped walnuts in instead .
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Old 07-04-2008, 19:12
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This is the one that I make, and most people that have tried it say it is better than the bought ones. It is a bit crumbly but is really moist:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/da...ake_7464.shtml
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Old 09-04-2008, 15:04
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I've never actually posted on here before, but had to this time. The best ever carrot cake is New Zealand Moist Carrot Cake. I got the receipe from the Food Aid Cookery Book. I also tasted this cake whilst on holiday in New Zealand.

Here you go :

New Zealand Moist Carrot Cake

9 oz (250g) wholemeal flour
6 oz (175g) raw sugar (Muscovado or Barbados)
6 oz (175g) soft brown sugar
3 x size three eggs
6 fl oz (175ml) sunflower oil
2 fl oz (55ml) soured cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla essence
Approx. 1 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
2 level teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
teaspoon salt
11 oz (300g) grated carrots
3 oz (75g) desiccated coconut

For the topping

4 oz (110g) full fat soft cream cheese
2 oz (50g) unsalted butter
2 oz (50g) sifted icing sugar
Juice of lemon

Pre-heat over to gas mark 2, 300 F (150C).
You will need one 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin (lined with greaseproof paper) and two mixing bowls.

In the first mixing bowl you place :
eggs
oil,
vanilla essence
soured cream

then sieve the sugars into it as well (to avoid lumps).

Into the other bowl you sift the :
flour
nutmeg
cinnamon
soda
salt.

Now beat the wet ingredients and the sugars together, then fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the carrots and coconut. Mix well to distribute everything evenly, then spoon into the cake tin and bake on the centre shelf for 1 to 2 hours.

When the cake is cool mix the topping ingredients together and spread thickly all over the top.


Although, there are quite a few ingredients, it is quite easy to make.

Enjoy!
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:52
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This is a good 'un. The frosting is great but I double up on the spice in the cake

http://www.be-ro.co.uk/f_insp.htm
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Old 22-07-2008, 23:03
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Bump! - it's the OP here.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I tried Delia's but I found it a bit too greasy (I'm not a fan of hers).

Anyway, I came across an excellent recipe in a diabetes book of all places:

Beat together 125g medium fat soft cheese, 50g light brown sugar, 2 beaten eggs. Then stir in 125g grated carrot, 125g self-raising flour, 50ml sunflower oil, 50g chopped dried apricots, 30g chopped walnuts, 3g baking powder and 3g mixed spice. Cook at 180 degrees for 1 hour.

A dry-but-moist cake that doesn't fall to pieces on me! Haven't tried doing the topping yet.
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