ORANGE, CARROT, AND PECAN CAKE

Indeed a delightful treat that, believe it or not, was being baked all the way back in the medieval times. It is a perfect desert to indulge on in autumn, packed with vitamins and minerals that will help you fight away flu and cold. Have you noticed that orange, carrot, and pecan cake perfectly matches with the colors of the leaves falling season? Traditional, rich, and moist carrot cake will never disappoint. It will spoil your taste buds with sweet taste of carrot, cinnamon, and nuts. Today you can try out my recipe with a new twist, it is spiced up with some tangy ginger and citrusy orange juice. Bake it either for Sunday brunch or for your next party, top it up with some creamy frosting, and without a doubt this delightful princess of desserts will be gone in no time. And the best part, no filing of guilt after eating that second slice, after all it is all just carrots.

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Ingredients:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 1tbs baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 170g soft butter
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbs orange juice
  • 2 – 3 carrots
  • 60g chopped pecan nuts

Icing:

  • 150g cream cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 3-4tbs thick orange jam
  • Grated orange peel
  • 1tbs orange juice

Tools:

  • 2 bowls
  • Whisker
  • Spatula
  • Round Cake baking tray

ingredients orange, carrot, and pecan cake

1. Step One: Combine All of the Dry Ingredients for The Cake Batter

Sift the flour in the medium bowl then add cinnamon, ginger and baking powder. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix until the ingredients are all evenly spread.

flour, ginger, cinnamon mix_orange-carrot-and-pecan-cake

2. Step Two: Prepare Carrots, Orange Juice, and Pecan Nuts

Peel and finely great 2 – 3 carrots. Use either chopping board and the knife or some more modern chopping device and chop up the nuts. If you can’t get your hands on pecans than walnuts would be the best substitute. Squeeze fresh orange juice from half of the orange or use orange juice from the store, keep in mind if you are using orange juice from the shop it probably has more sugar in it, so you might want to reduce the amount of sugar added to the cake by 1tbs.

chopped pecans

orange carrot and pecan

3. Step Three: Whisk Eggs, Brown Sugar, and Butter

Start with whisking the eggs, once you see bubbles forming on the surface add the sugar and whisk until they get well combined. Make sure your butter has been out of the fridge for a while and is soft enough to beat into the batter. Cut it into smaller cubes and whisk it into the sweet egg mixture.

Butter sugar and eggs for the orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Cake batter orange, carrot, and pecan cake

4. Step Four: Orange, Carrot, and Pecan Cake Batter

Take the dry ingredients mixture you prepared earlier and tip it into the sweet egg mix. Use a wooden spoon or spatula and stir until it forms a thick and smooth cream. Last but not least, add orange juice, chopped nuts, and grated carrots. Stir again until consistent.

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake batter

Cake batter orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Cake batter orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Cake batter orange, carrot, and pecan cake

5. Step Five: Bake Orange, Carrot, and Pecan Cake

Use a round cake pan somewhere around 9 inch / 23 cm. If you want to use a tray of the different shape, follow the link to read more about pan dimensions and volumes. Either cover your tray with baking paper or spread over it some butter. Pour in the cake batter and distribute it evenly around the whole pan. Make sure the oven is heat up to 320F/160C and bake the cake between 60 – 70 minutes. Check with the toothpick if the cake is ready before you take it out of the oven. Let the cake completely cool down before decorating it with the creamy icing.

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

 

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

6. Step Six: Cream Cheese Icing for Orange, Carrot, and Pecan Cake

In a small bowl combine cream cheese, icing sugar, orange jam, grated peel of organic orange, and 1 table poon of fresh orange juice. Stir it well until you it reaches a smooth and light creamy texture. Use the spatula to spread it over the top of the cake.

ingredients for decorating orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Icing for Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Icing for Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Decorate orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Cover Orange, carrot, and pecan cake with the icing

7. Step Seven: Decorate Orange, Carrot, and Pecan Cake

Use fresh whole pecans and place them on the icing on the cake. Place the cake in the fridge or cover it with the cake cover and let it sit for some time, before you cut it and serve it to the guests.

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

 

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

 

Slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Eaten slice of orange, carrot, and pecan cake

Delicious orange, carrot, and pecan cake

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