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Nutty Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on January 2, 2014
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Interesting facts on Carrots

  1. First carrots were found in Afganistan nearly 2000 years ago.
  2. In early days people ate only the leaves and seeds of the carrot.
  3. Early carrots were of white, black, yellow and purple color.
  4. The Dutches were the first people to produce sweet orange colored carrot roots.
  5. Carrots can be of varied sizes. World's longest carrot was 5.84 metres long.
  6. World's heaviest carrot weighed around 9 kilograms.
  7. A good amount of carrot intake can prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Initiation into a family tradition

Our family is a big one. Although we don't stay under one roof but we stay connect all the year round. We live, we laugh, we cherish and even we slander together. The roots of our family has spread near and far. Ours is a cosmopolitan family. While my in-laws stay in India, we live in America and and my husband's brother stays in Germany. Inspite of the different time zones, different work schedules we have succeeded in bonding with each other in such a way that remind us of the joint families of India from the bygone era.

My mother-in-law is a master baker. There was no single birthday of her children where she had not baked a cake for them. The same tradition continues. My sister-in-law is also a very good baker. Her bakes and cakes are famous in the circle of our family and friends. Our men goes gaga on their womenfolk for their exceptional culinary skills. Now it is only me who is a novice in this field. It is not that I have not tried my hands in baking but in terms of expertise I lag miles behind.

Now no more lagging behind. I gear up my determination and here I come. In this New Year I have thought of surprising my family with my endeavor, a simple coconut carrot cake. Here also I took help from my sister-in-law. Carrot cake is one of her hit recipes which I have borrowed. I have also made certain changes at places according to my requirements and here it comes, Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The many colors of Carrot
The many colors of Carrot | Source

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What makes Nutty Coconut Carrot Cake different from other Cakes

  • To begin with this cake is full of nutritional value.
  • It has the goodness of nuts.
  • This cake definitely tastes better than an ordinary cake.
  • The addition of coconut gives it a more savory and juicy taste.
  • Children who don't like to eat raw carrot will definitely love this cake.
  • This cake doesn't have any egg smell that is common in sponge cakes.

Cooking Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4th cup White Oil
  • 2 cups Sugar, powdered
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Walnut, Raisins and Almond Mixture, chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot, grated
  • 1 cup Coconut, grated
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting

Procedure

  1. With an electric blender first beat the eggs, sugar and oil thoroughly.
  2. In another vessel mix well all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon powder.
  3. In that same vessel pour in the egg-sugar-oil solution as you continue to blend all of these ingredients.
  4. Add milk as per requirement. Do keep in mind that the consistency of the cake mix should be medium. It should neither be too thick nor too watery.
  5. In a separate container mix well the grated carrots and coconut and add it into the cake mix.
  6. Add the chopped nuts into the cake mix.
  7. Lastly add vanilla extract into the cake mix and mix all the above ingredients well.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. In the meantime grease a 9 inch round baking pan with oil and flour and pour in the cake mix. When the oven is ready place the pan inside the oven and bake it for 40 mins.
  9. Once the time is over, bring out the cake. Insert a toothpick in the center to see whether the cake is thoroughly baked or not.
  10. Once baked keep it on the cooling rack for 15 mins to cool down. Once cold, transfer the cake carefully on a plate.
  11. Decorate it with Cream Cheese Frosting and you can garnish it with grated carrots and sun dried raisins. Now your Nutty Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is ready to be devoured. Happy Eating.
the batter
the batter | Source
mix the grated coconut and grated carrot
mix the grated coconut and grated carrot | Source
it is baking time
it is baking time | Source
oven fresh nutty coconut carrot cake
oven fresh nutty coconut carrot cake | Source
Your Nutty Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Your Nutty Coconut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Source

The Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I have personally bought a Cream Cheese Frosting from the departmental store and used it to save a little bit of time and energy. For those who want to prepare Cream Cheese Frosting at home here is the recipe:

  • In a bowl beat 2 ounce of cream cheese and 2 ounces of unsalted butter well with a electric blender.
  • While beating the mixture continuously, pour 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mixture.
  • Beat the entire mixture for about 15 mins. Refrigerate it. Your own Cream Cheese Frosting is ready.

Store bought grated carrots like these should be grated further to bring out the juice
Store bought grated carrots like these should be grated further to bring out the juice | Source

Storing the Cake

  1. Never refrigerate the cake for long. The cake can get hard.
  2. Once the cake is completely cooled, store it in a cake tin at room temperature. This will help the cake retain the desired moisture.
  3. By this way you can easily store the cake for 2-3 days. If you want to store it for more days then refrigerate it.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 335
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 46 g15%
Sugar 23 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 46 mg15%
Sodium 220 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Want a Bite!
Want a Bite! | Source

Useful Tips

  • I used grated carrots that are available at the departmental store. Before using it in the cake recipe grate it once more in a mixer to bring out the juice.Don't over-grate it.
  • For additional taste you can also use 1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder in the cake mix. This will give the cake a spicy flavor.

Carrot Cupcakes

I have found this interesting video on Carrot Cupcakes. Please do have a look. It may be of some use to all you Cupcake lovers.

© 2014 Deblina Banerjee

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      The addition of coconut…I'm sold! Thanks for sharing your special coconut cake.

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      Mahua Chatterjee 3 years ago

      It looks yummy and of course nutritious.

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      Deblina Banerjee 3 years ago from Irving, Texas

      Thanks a lot RTalloni for liking my humble attempt at cake making.

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      Deblina Banerjee 3 years ago from Irving, Texas

      Thanks Boudi for liking my recipe :)

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Your cake sounds yummy and looks delicious. I have always wanted to try a purple or a yellow carrot but the orange ones are really the most common now! Coconut and cream cheese go amazingly well together. This is a must try!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nicely presented hub with helpful pictures and instructions!

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      Deblina Banerjee 3 years ago from Irving, Texas

      Thanks @North Wind for liking my hub

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      Suchorita 3 years ago

      The cake looks so yummy ! And nice written blog too... Keep writing !

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      Deblina Banerjee 3 years ago from Irving, Texas

      Thanks @ChitrangadaSharan and Suchorita for appreciating my effort

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