Carrot cake is a good healthy cake option that can have a variety of carrot flavors. You can use pre-shredded carrots or even try yellow and purple carrots to add some color and different flavors.
Here are the ingredients that you need in order to make a good carrot cake!
- 115 g butter, at room temperature
[8 tablespoons (1 stick)]
- 120 g light brown sugar [½ cup tightly packed]
- 100 g granulated sugar [½ cup]
- 2 eggs
- 40 g grapeseed oil [¼ cup]
- 200 g flour [1¼ cups]
- 4 g baking powder [1 teaspoon]
- 1.5 g baking soda [¼ teaspoon]
- 1.5 g ground cinnamon [¾ teaspoon]
- 5 g kosher salt [1¼ teaspoons]
- 225 g shredded peeled carrots (2 to 3 medium-sized carrots) [2½ cups]
Now that you have all the ingredients together, it’s time to bake a carrot cake!
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs, and mix on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once more.
3. On low speed, stream in the oil. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and paddle for 4 to 6 minutes, until the mixture is practically white, twice the size of your original fluffy butter-and-sugar mixture, and completely homogenous, with no streaks of fat. Don’t rush the process. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. At very low speed, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix for 45 to 60 seconds, just until your batter comes together and any remnants of dry ingredients have been incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
5. Detach the paddle and remove the bowl from the mixer. Dump the shredded carrots into the bowl and, with a spatula, fold them into the batter.
6. Pam-spray a quarter sheet pan and line it with parchment, or just line the pan with a Silpat. Using a spatula, spread the cake batter in an even layer in the pan.
7. Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes. The cake will rise and puff, doubling in size, but will remain slightly buttery and dense. At 25 minutes, gently poke the edge of the cake with your finger: the cake should bounce back slightly and the center should no longer be jiggly. Leave the cake in the oven for an extra 3 to 5 minutes if it doesn’t pass these tests.
8. Take the cake out of the oven and cool on a wire rack or, in a pinch, in the fridge or freezer. The cooled cake can be stored in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 5 days.