Another month, another birthday cake! Last month I started what I intend will be a monthly thing in this blog: to bake birthday cakes for my friends – hopefully layer and frosted because occasions to do so are scarce and I kinda like them.
It’s like playing in cake land, trying to make towering layers, all frosted and filled, some rusticity in the decoration, because it is me, after all, and you all know I don’t have the patience for a neat stack of perfect layers and inches of frosting, each measured to give the optical illusion of, well, a perfect cake.
And if you didn’t know that about me because you’re new to this blog, open any cake recipe in the index and you’re bound to bump into an explanation similar to this one. I’m so predictable sometimes.
So leave me your birthday date below in the comments, and I will bake you a cake. How’s that?
They’re almost as popular as banana bread recipes, and we all know there are a gazillion of those.
Carrot cakes are popular and for a reason, they’re so darn amazing. Pair it with cream cheese frosting and you have one of the best cakes outside the ones with dulce de leche, my favorites of all times. Add maple syrup to the frosting, the real stuff that I told you about when I made the pumpkin cheesecake, and this birthday just got better.
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, room tº
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup water
- 1½ cups peeled, grated carrots (about 6oz)
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced small
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 packages (8oz) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 Tbs maple syrup
- 3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar, or as needed
- 1 cup whole walnuts, toasted, for filling and decoration
- Maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350º. Butter and flour (or spray) a 7-inch cake pan with removable
- Sift flour, baking powder and soda, and spices into a bowl and reserve.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter for 1 minute. Gradually add both sugar beating continuously, for 3 or 4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix.
- Add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with water and milk in 2 additions. Do not over mix.
- Add carrots, apple and cream and mix just until combined.
- Fill cake pan with the batter, smooth top and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tester inserted in center comes out clean. It might take more depending on the pan.
- Let cool completely on wire rack and then unmold.
- In a bowl beat cream cheese and butter until very smooth.
- Add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, ½ cup at a time, and beat until smooth. Add maple syrup, and then add more sugar until you have a thick mixture good to frost.
- Cut cake into three layers. Reserve 8 walnut halves for decoration.
- Put the first layer on the cake stand or serving platter, and fill with about a cup of cream cheese frosting. Add a handful of coarsely broken walnuts, and a big drizzle of maple syrup.
- Repeat with the second layer, the frosting, walnuts and syrup.
- Add the top layer and frost with a layer of cream cheese mixture. Make a swirl on top and decorate the sides with 8 half walnuts, one for each slice.
- Serve with extra maple syrup.
adapted from The Buttercup Bakeshop, by Jennifer Appel