Carrot-Orange Tea Cake

This is one cake in which the flavor of carrot and orange together creates a magic. Even the people who do not like carrots or oranges cannot resist this delicious cake. Like a typical tea cake, this recipe follows two aeration steps – Creaming process of butter and sugar and Whisking of whole eggs. I enjoy this cake as it is but the taste of this cake doubles up with cream cheese icing.

Ingredients for Carrot-Orange Cake

  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 100 gms
  • Sugar – 115 gms
  • Butter – 80 gms
  • Eggs – 3 number
  • Grated Carrot – ½ cup
  • Orange Pulp – ½ cup
  • Baking Powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda – A Pinch
  • Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg Powder – ½ tsp
  • All Spice Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Orange Zest – 1 tsp

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Soft Cheese – 200 gms
  • Butter – 50 gms (Softened)
  • Icing Sugar – 80 gms
  • Vanilla Essence – Few Drops

Method for Carrot-Orange Cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180°C.
  2. Dust the baking dish.
  3. Sieve the maida, baking powder, and soda bi carb and keep the flour mixture aside.
  4. Beat the whole eggs separately till they double in volume and till the mixture becomes thick and of dropping consistency.
  5. Beat the butter and add sugar to it gradually (in small portions) while beating. Keep beating the mixture till the mixture is creamy, light, and fluffy.
  6. Add maida and egg mixture to the butter mixture in small amount, alternatively. Mix lightly. You should start with maida mixture and end with maida mixture. 
  7. Add grated carrot, orange pulp, cinnamon powder, and nutmeg powder to the cake batter. Stir the batter once or twice very gently.
  8. Pour the mixture in the baking dish and bake in the pre-heated oven at 180°C for 35-40 minutes.

Method for Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. With an electric whisk, beat together butter and icing sugar till the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Add the cream cheese and beat briefly until soft and smooth. (Do not overbeat cream cheese as it may split and become runny.)
  3. Spread over the cake once the cake is cooled down.