Birthday cake, carrot cake!

09-09-2016 Coffee culture
Carrot Cake recipe

No celebrations are complete without a cake, especially when it’s your birthday!
We at Jones Brothers Coffee Company are celebrating our 3rd Birthday this month,so we think we deserve a birthday cake indeed!

As you probably know by now, we kinda have a sweet tooth for anything delicious here at Jones Brothers (there’s nothing like coffee and cake, right?) but the choice of a special birthday cake recipe was easy ­ it had to be Richard Jones’s all­time favourite – the carrot cake!

Delightful flavour, exquisite texture, very creamy… it should look great and taste even better. So have a look at our special recipe below, we’re pretty sure you’ll like it!
And as a wise man once said, “True happiness is eating cake” We can only agree! ☺

Ingredients we used:

-250g of grated carrots
-170g of sugar
-A handful of chopped nuts (we like walnuts, but you can use other nuts if you prefer or just skip them all together)
-A handful of raisins
-1,5 teaspoon of salt
-2 teaspoons of baking soda
-Spices: 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg & 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
-250g all-­purpose flour
-1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
-3 eggs
-140ml vegetable oil

Ingredients for the cream cheese frosting:

-200g of full­fat cream cheese
-115g unsalted butter
-140g powdered sugar
-30­-45ml of heavy cream (35% fat cream­ “verse room” here in the Netherlands!)
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-Pinch of salt

How it’s done:

-Pre ­heat the oven to 350°​F or 180​°C​.Prepare your baking pan(we used a round 8 ­inch pan.)
-Beat the sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in a mixing bowl until they become a light yellow mixture.
-Take a separate bowl and mix all the dry ingredients together: flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
-Slowly and gently add in the dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Mix until they all combine.
-Add raisins, walnuts, and carrots to the batter.
-Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Our tip: If you want to be sure that the cake is ready, take a toothpick and poke the cake☺​ . If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is ready to be taken out.
-Now comes the hard part because it requires patience: Don’t eat it just yet! You need to allow the cake to cool completely.
-Cover the cake with cream cheese icing or in your favorite frosting.

How to make the frosting (it’s easy, we promise!):

Mix the cream cheese and butter (it needs to be soft!) in a large bowl and mix until it’s smooth. Add the powdered sugar and cream; beat until all ingredients are mixed well. Add vanilla extract and beat until batter is smooth and creamy. Add a pinch of salt at the end and you’re ready to go!

Hope you’ll enjoy it!

We love the cream cheese icing style; it adds a yummy flavour to the cake. But what we love even more is that carrot cake has so many varieties that everyone can get creative and try their own variation. Why don’t you experiment with the icing or add a secret ingredient to make your carrot cake unique and special? So, what’s yours? Let us know! We’ll make it next time.

You can never have too much of carrot cake…and we think it goes really well with a cup of our Awakening blend – a truly delicious coffee you can drink at any time of the day!
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