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Whole Wheat Carrot Cake (3, 8" layers or 36 cupcakes)

I don’t believe in healthy desserts, only in deliciousness. So don’t mistake the whole wheat flour in this recipes as anything other than the most delicious ingredient for the job. It lends a subtle nuttiness to the flavor but the real reason I use it? It improves the texture of the cake tremendously.

Carrot cakes have a reputation for being incredibly moist, but often to the point of heaviness or unpleasant sogginess. Whole wheat flour binds with the excess moisture in the batter (it absorbs more liquid than regular flour) and keeps this carrot cake fluffy.

Carrot Cupcake with a Carrot Rose

You can use any sort of carrots to make the cake, but the sharp, spicy flavor of carrots from the garden or farmers’ market make it shine.

Carrot Cake
16 ounces unsalted butter
14 ounces sugar
7 ounces brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
2 tsp cinnamon, freshly ground if you’ve got it
1 ½ tsp ginger
½ tsp mace
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cloves
6 eggs
16 ounces whole wheat flour, sifted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
32 ounces carrots, peeled, trimmed, and shredded
16 ounces pecan pieces or shelled pistachios, lightly toasted

the cream cheese variation of either German or Swiss buttercream
optional garnish: carrot roses

Preheat the oven to 350° and line three tall, 8” cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly grease them and set aside. For cupcakes, use cupcake pans and papers.

In a small pot, melt the butter over low heat. Once it has liquified, turn the heat to medium. Soon the mixture will bubble, possibly spit, and make a bit of noise. You’ll notice brown bits forming on the bottom of the pot. When the butter goes ninja silent, you’re done. Set the butter aside to cool.

Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, spices and eggs. Whip on medium to medium high speed until light and fluffy, about five minutes.

Reduce the speed to medium low and with the mixer still running, slowly drizzle in the brown butter, making sure to include all of the browned bits from the bottom. Add the vanilla next, then reduce the speed to low and add in the sifted whole wheat flour all at once. Mix until just incorporated.

Shut off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in the nuts and shredded carrots.

Measure 32 ounces of batter into each 8” cake pans or about 3 ounces into each cupcake liner. Bake about 30 minutes for cake or 20 minutes for cupcakes, or until the cakes have puffed and lightly browned. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out with a few crumbs stuck to it.

a bite of carrot cake with vanilla bean and lemon buttercream

Cool the cakes or cupcakes thoroughly before frosting with cream cheese buttercream. Check out my crumb coating tutorial for more details on finishing a layer cake. The frosted cake will keep at room temperature for about four days.

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Any questions?

May 01, 2012 ·  9:56 AM

The carrot rose is the best part!

 · Meister @ The Nervous Cook · www.thenervouscook.com

May 01, 2012 ·  1:39 PM

I’m a huge fan of Carrot Cake. Yes, I had Carrot Cake as my wedding cake! I’m compelled to try your recipe with fresh Farmer’s Market carrots, as I know this it will be splendid!

 · Deb · Eastofedencooking.com

May 01, 2012 ·  1:59 PM

You kill me. “When the butter goes Ninja silent, you’re done.” Well, never having understood when brown butter is actually done, now I know. Thank you again for the invaluable tip mixed with fab humor. x

 · Kathryn · 

May 01, 2012 ·  2:11 PM

The salt, of course, also makes it shine. But you already know that, which is part of why I love you. I agree w/you that the texture of carrot cake tends to be that of wet soil. I will def give this version a try—I have some white whole wheat KA flour kicking around that might be perfect for this

 · Jenni · www.pastrychefonline.com/blog

May 01, 2012 ·  4:18 PM

This looks so cute and delicious – the addition of brown butter = genius!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

 · Choc Chip Uru · gobakeyourself.wordpress.com

May 01, 2012 ·  4:32 PM

I feel like I have a lot to learn about the different flours and how they work in baked goods. I have coconut flour that I want to use, but it tells me to be sure to add more liquid since the flour absorbs so much! I need a book about flour

 · Vicki @ WITK · wildeinthekitchen.blogspot.com

May 01, 2012 ·  5:29 PM

WOW! Gosh I love carrot cake so much, and I learned a lot about whole wheat flour just now Your pictures are beautiful too!

 · Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew · www.pateachew.com

May 01, 2012 ·  5:50 PM

You might find the post on hydrated flours that Ideas in Food does on their blog really interesting. That carrot rose adds so much freshness to the carrotcake theme! Lovely.

 · junglegirl · 

May 01, 2012 ·  7:20 PM

Just home from work, thanks for all of the lovely comments everyone!

@Deb, I had carrot cake in my wedding cake too!

@Jenni, SALT!

@Vicki, I haven’t played much with coconut flour, but I hear it’s really, really thirsty. I’ll have to explore!

@junglegirl, I love Ideas in Food, but I’d missed that one. Thanks for taking the time to email the link, had fun reading about it.

Stella

May 01, 2012 ·  7:23 PM

What a beautiful, original cupcake! Beautiful presentation and photos! Wow!
Allen.

 · Allen @ Cook! Bake! Share! · www.cookbakeshare.com

May 01, 2012 ·  8:56 PM

Mmmmmm. That’s all I have to say

 · Kiri W. · www.healthyfoodietravels.net

May 02, 2012 · 10:05 AM

@Allen & @Kiri, thank you so much!

Stella

May 02, 2012 · 10:39 AM

Oh wow, that is gorgeous!

 · RavieNomNoms · ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/

May 03, 2012 ·  8:41 AM

I love the carrot rose.

 · Minu · chettinadthruminu.blogspot.in/

May 03, 2012 ·  9:42 AM

@RavieNomNoms & @Minu, thanks so much!

Stella

May 03, 2012 ·  1:16 PM

These are seriously the best looking cupcakes imaginable! I could easily eat 10 in one setting… lethal!
xo

 · Ally · 

May 03, 2012 ·  2:10 PM

I’m still laughing at the “ninja silent” butter, but this recipe looks utterly delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

 · gina@cateror · www.cateror.com

May 03, 2012 ·  4:48 PM

Love all your work, Stella bella!

Buzzzzzzzz, congrats on Top 9

 · Chocolate Chilli Mango (Viviane Buzzi) · chocolatechillimango.com/

May 03, 2012 ·  4:54 PM

Hi Stella. Juuuuust bumped into ur blog via foodbuzz via foodwishes. Your beautifully swirled frosting and the carrot rose drewwww me in. Knowing its a carrot cake, i thought that frosting has to be cream cheese and if it is, how in the world is it so beautifully stiff?!? So i just had to know and here I am …..
As a matter of fact, recently ive been going mad searching for ways to make a pipeable cc frosting.
The butter, cc & powdered sugar version will never be stiff enough unless u put HEAPS of that sugar in, which is an absolute no no for me.
Then I tried to make a cc version of the flour frosting which also didnt work AT ALL…it curdled somehow ….
Then I tried the one with whipping cream…which also turned into creamy soup after some 20-30 mins even after being refrigerated.
I should write a script for a CC horror flick!!!
Is your cc frosting in this picture, your german one or swiss? ….cuz after looking at this, i feel like there is still little hope…

 · Saima · 

May 03, 2012 ·  9:13 PM

This is lovely! Your cake sounds absolutely delicious, and I love the carrot rose on top! Congrats on the Top 9!

 · Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake · www.fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com

May 04, 2012 ·  7:24 AM

Any issues with cutting the recipe in half? I really don’t want to let so many wonderful cupcakes go to waste. What about freezing them?

 · garry · 

May 04, 2012 · 10:07 AM

@Ally @Gina, thanks so much!

@Viviane, please, please, please tell me you have carrot cake in Australia.

@Saima, the buttercream in the photo is the cream cheese version of the Swiss. It’s a bit softer than all-butter Swiss, but quite manageable. You can help it stiffen up even more by whipping 10 ounces of melted white chocolate into the buttercream too.

@Amy, I really wanted some purple carrots to make “red” roses, but they haven’t come in yet at the market.

@Garry, you can absolutely make a half batch! And the cake freezes really well too, wrapped in plastic and stored in an airtight container.

Stella

May 07, 2012 ·  9:53 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with you about the whole wheat as a flavor booster in cake. I used to make a ‘graham cracker cake’ and the whole wheat flour is what took the cake to the graham-y level.

 · Gail  · www.onetoughcookienyc.com

May 09, 2012 · 10:02 AM

@Gail, OMG, graham cracker cake?! WANT!

Stella

May 11, 2012 · 12:04 PM

These looks amazing! I love the carrot roses! I never thought about wheat flour in carrot cake, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. I love the addition of brown butter, can’t wait to try this!

 · Rachel · thegirlwiththecupcaketattoo.com

May 11, 2012 ·  2:02 PM

I love your blog and your commitment to deliciousness. Really, in a larger sense, what else matters? Thanks. I want to make these this weekend.

 · Bakingtherapist · bakingtherapist.wordpress.com

May 12, 2012 · 12:24 PM

@Rachel, hope you like it! Snap a pic for me.

@Bakingtherapist, I’m actually making up a batch too, for a friend’s birthday cake. Happy baking!

Stella

May 13, 2012 · 10:54 AM

I made your recipe Thursday night. Turned out good. Thanks for the brown butter tip – first time I made the brown butter; turned out perfectly.

I struggled with the weighted measure versus measuring cup measure. I know 8 fluid ounces is one cup. I am sure I was a little off when I added 2 cups of flour (for the 16 ounces) instead of weighing it, but it still turned out.

I used white flour, not wheat. Nuts of choice were walnuts. Butter cream frosting. I did not add mace only because I had none.

Cupcakes were really good. Nice a light.

Thanks for posting – I will make this recipe again.
—Sabrina

 · SabrinaG · 

May 13, 2012 · 11:39 AM

@SabrinaG, oh goodness! I’m glad the cake turned out nicely even with all the changes. I hope you’ll have a chance to make it again someday with a scale, I’d be curious what you think of both versions.

As you guessed, converting from weight to volume can be really tricky. The “1 cup is 8 ounces” rule only works for things like water. For example, a cup of honey weighs 12 ounces while a cup of flour is more like 4 1/2. If you’d like to read more about why I bake by weight instead of volume, check out this post.

P.S. I’m so happy you made brown butter for the first time! It’s a major addiction, be careful.

Stella

Jun 06, 2012 · 12:56 PM

this looks AMAZING! i love whole wheat realllly want to try the carrot roses, too!

 · megan · 

Jun 06, 2012 ·  7:02 PM

@megan, if you’re already a whole wheat fan, I know you’ll love this cake. Whole wheat at its best! Good luck with the roses.

Stella

Aug 11, 2012 ·  9:44 PM

Ha! Cinnamon, frshly ground! We ALWAYS have to grind our own cinnamon and it’s sort of been a pain (althhough I know it imparts more aroma) and so this time I may do it without feeling burdened!

 · D0 · 

Aug 12, 2012 · 12:17 PM

D0, that’s wonderful! It really makes all the difference, I love that you’re already in the habit.

Stella

Aug 21, 2012 ·  1:19 PM

After searching high and low for the PERFECT carrot cake recipe, this is it! Most old-school recipes rely on icky vegetable oil for the fat and the AP flour just buckles when you add all the carrot and nuts. And don’t even get me started on fillers like pineapple and coconut – it’s carrot cake, not tropical cake! Stella, this is by far one of the best recipes on the face of this planet. Thank you! And the browned butter – absolutely genius!

 · Chelsea · 

Aug 21, 2012 ·  5:39 PM

Thanks so much Chelsea!! Ugh, veg oil is the worst, right? I do really appreciate the history of carrot cake and how it came to use oil, a result of butter rationing during World War 2, but browned butter’s way tastier, what can I say?

Stella

Aug 30, 2012 ·  3:22 AM

Hi! When I try a recipe, I like to stick to the exact recipe so that I can get the chefs true tasty outcome…but my daughter is allergic to nuts so I was wondering if you would think it would still have your tasty intentions if I were to substitute raisins and if so, how much raisins? By the way, I love your site…it’s very inspirational!

 · Angela · 

Aug 30, 2012 ·  3:34 AM

When I use whole wheat flour, I always use whole wheat pastry flour….would I still get the same result since its a lighter flour?

 · Zashee · 

Aug 30, 2012 ·  9:12 AM

@Angela, you may very well be able to use raisins, but since they will absorb liquid from the cake, it may change the texture a bit. You might try using toasted pumpkin seeds you can have have a crunchy-nut like replacement that is allergy friendly. Hope that helps!

@Zashee, that shouldn’t be a problem at all, go for it!

Stella

Feb 02, 2013 ·  9:39 AM

Wow! A last minute decision to make carrot cake but all my recipes needed oil. Found your recipe on a quick google trawl. Only change I made was half white flour cos I didn’t have enough whole wheat and I added a few raisins.. Everyone LOVED it. My husband prnounced it the best cake ever. I was a little worried about how runny the batter was but it turned out great Thanks!

 · janine · 

Feb 02, 2013 · 11:51 AM

Hi Janine! Happy to meet another anti-oil carrot cake baker! So glad you had a little wheat flour on hand to use, it makes a difference! And as you found out, the recipe is very flexible about the ratios of white to wheat, so don’t hesitate to play around next time and find the balance you like best. Your husband has great taste, haha.

Stella

Mar 05, 2013 ·  3:22 AM

Hi there Stella!
Was very apprehensive about making Swiss Meringue Buttercream cos it sounded very complicated, but I did it! And the first time without a thermometer! So far everybody was well so all ok. But just to confirm the temp is in Fahrenheit right? And yes it was soft and smooth and not too sweet so Mum got to eat more, great! It is just that after a while it became very runny almost to the point of being “oily”.. I guess I still have to stick it in the fridge for a while now and then huh? I live in the South East Asia hence our days (and nights) might get a little warm (understatement )

Oh and is whole wheat flour = whole meal flour? Been meaning to try this recipe for a while.
Thanks!

 · sharina · 

Mar 05, 2013 ·  9:20 AM

Hi sharina! So glad you tried it out and enjoyed it, hurray! Yes, I’m an all American girl and my temperatures are Fahrenheit! Especially with the Swiss buttercream, so long as you cook it until it “feels” really hot, you should be good to go, though. Sounds like it did get a little warm hangin’ out at room temp; here I say it’s fine at room temp presuming that’s around 70F/21C, so if it was warmer than that the buttercream would definitely have experienced some challenges.

I assume whole wheat and whole meal must be the same, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard that term! The “healthy” stuff, lol.

Stella

Mar 05, 2013 · 11:28 PM

Hi there again!
Have a few more questions regarding SMB Stella…

I have some leftover from my niece’s birthday cake and have frozen it for future use. So when once back at room temp can I use it straightaway or should I whip it up again?

Another question, while making the said birthday cake, I used some colours (Americolor Gel Paste). However I cannot get it at the shade I wanted and had to settle with murky blue and peach instead of the intended Sky blue and Yellow. The SMB has a slightly yellowish shade after adding the butter anyway and when I mixed in the colours, it wasn’t uniform, it had speckles in it. Was that because of the colour absorbed by the vanilla seeds maybe? Or should I have mixed the colours and left it overnight before using it?
And how do I make it white?

Thanks so much!

 · sharina · 

Mar 06, 2013 ·  9:11 AM

Hi sharina! Once you let the buttercream come to room temperature, you’ll need to whip it so it turns nice and creamy again.

The problem you’re experiencing is that the gel pastes are not fat soluble, so instead of dissolving into the buttercream and giving you a good color, they’re just spreading around in tiny globlets (the specks you saw). Before adding the color, you need to dissolve it in a little vanilla extract or milk (just a tablespoon) first and then whip it in.

If you completely melt the buttercream you’ve already made, the color will be released. You can then refrigerate the buttercream until sold, then rethaw and use again. Kind of a big process, but all that to say, you’re not stuck with the colors you’ve got now.

Stella

Mar 06, 2013 · 12:23 PM

Thanks for the tip Stella. Will try it out!

 · sharina · 

Mar 07, 2013 ·  5:52 PM

Good luck, sharina!

Stella

Mar 20, 2013 ·  2:04 PM

Mhmmm looks really yummy c: xx

 · Ice Pandora · http://icepandora.blogspot.com

Mar 25, 2013 · 10:19 AM

This cake look delicious. Can I use white flour instead n will the amount be the same.
Thank u

 ·  Mounett · 

Mar 25, 2013 · 10:18 PM

Hi Mounett! You can use all white flour (in the same amount), but the cake will be much more dense. If you don’t have any wheat flour on hand, you’ll be fine to make it with what you’ve got. But if you ever have a chance, I think it’s a much better cake with some whole wheat flour mixed in. Hope that helps, happy baking!

Stella

Apr 14, 2013 · 11:54 AM

Hands down, without a doubt, the best carrot cake I’ve ever had! I used locally grown whole wheat pastry flower in the carrot cake and topped it with the German Buttercream (cream cheese version). Thanks for providing us with such wonderful/innovative recipes.

 · Sara G. · 

Apr 14, 2013 · 10:07 PM

Hey Sara! Aww, hurray!!! I’m thrilled to hear it, and totally jealous of your awesome whole wheat flour! What a perfect addition. Thanks for taking the time to let me know how the cake turned out.

Stella

Apr 18, 2013 ·  9:04 PM

I am so excited to try this recipe out. I like my cakes made with butter because they just taste better and I’ve never found a carrot cake recipe without oil in it. I’m also glad that you didn’t throw in pineapple and coconut into the cake. Couple of questions… Do I have to squeeze the juice out of the carrots before adding it to the batter? And can I omit the nuts altogether?

 · Stef · 

Apr 19, 2013 ·  9:51 AM

Hi Stef! Oil is very traditional, but pretty darn blah flavored. No need to squeeze the carrots, they don’t have much moisture to give up. The squeezing is only necessary if you’re making a pear or apple variation, since they’re much juicier. Feel free to omit the nuts!

Stella

May 22, 2013 · 10:06 AM

Hi Stella!
Whenever I make carrot cake I seem to always have the same problem. While the batter is baking it takes FOREVER (almost double what recipes call for) and still seems very wet by the time I take it out. I know carrot cakes are supposed to be moist but this just seems ridiculous. Oven temps/times are fine for everything else I bake so not sure what is going on here. Do your cupcakes here dome or do they remain flat? Is this just a quirk of the carrot cake in general? Any ideas on how to fix the baking time issues? Thanks!!!!
Btw, I used ww pastry flour and a scale but omitted nuts.

 · Amy W · 

May 22, 2013 ·  5:33 PM

Hi Amy! One thing that pops to mind would be if you were using cold carrots straight from the fridge, which would chill the batter and perhaps slow things down. I’ve never tried cold vs room temp carrots before, so I really don’t know if it’s a problem or not, but ingredient temp can be a factor in other cake recipes.

As far as the moisture issue goes, is this something you’re experiencing with my recipe or just with others? I just want to make sure we’re on the same page, since you’d talked about other recipes too. Let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!

Stella

May 23, 2013 ·  1:33 PM

I’ll keep carrot temp in mind for sure and so far it’s been the same for every recipe I’ve tried, yours included. Maybe it’s close to what it’s supposed to be and I’m just expecting something to happen that doesn’t? Lol Either way, they were a hit! I took them to work today for my birthday and people raved about them! (I did the carrot roses too, what a simple elegant garnish.)

 · Amy W · 

Jun 16, 2013 · 10:48 AM

This might be the absolute opposite of what you have taught us readers in this post, but have you experimented with making this carrot cake recipe gluten-free yet? Asheville, NC loves their gluten free foods!

 · Karen · www.blackmountaincakes.com

Jun 18, 2013 ·  9:09 AM

Hi Karen! I have been experimenting with a GF carrot cake, but haven’t quite nailed it yet. I’ll keep you posted!

Stella

Jul 01, 2013 ·  9:03 AM

Hello. Can I have the measurements in cups please? I am having difficulties in converting form ounce to cups or grams.. it’s not too accurate.
Thank you,

 · Hala · 

Jul 01, 2013 · 11:34 AM

Hi Stella!

What do you recommend tastewise? German or Swiss cream cheese for this?!?!? I’m baking for the whole billing department soon and I just want to knock them dead with yumminess.

Mindy

 · Mindy · 

Jul 02, 2013 ·  7:24 AM

Hi Hala, I’m afraid I don’t have the cup measurements myself, I’m an all-scale girl. If you’d like to read a little more about why I don’t use cup measurements with my recipes, you can read about it here.

Hi Mindy! I’d go for the German. For a lot of people, Swiss buttercream can be a bit overpoweringly buttery (especially if they’ve never tried it before), but the German has a really great vanilla ice cream flavor that everyone seems to find irresistible.

Stella

Jul 03, 2013 ·  5:44 AM

Thanks for the reply. I’m very excited. You know… I personally don’t like American butter cream because it’s tooth decay sweet. But where I come from most people I know don’t care. They just eat it and maybe comment it’s too sweet. I’ve tried making Swiss. I tasted it right after I made it and it did taste like pure butter. I got scared and threw in 2 ounces of cream cheese. Still like butter. But I find that after it got to rest for a bit it didn’t taste like butter anymore. It was just right and I made that my go to frosting. But I might change my mind after making the German one. Ooopsie I ran away with my mouth again! Will let you know how it turns out.

 · Mindy · 

Jul 05, 2013 ·  8:29 PM

Hi Mindy, haha, yeah, don’t make any promises until you try the German version. I’m glad the taste of the Swiss started to grow on you! Especially with versions that have extra add-ins like caramel or chocolate, the butter flavor really dies down.

Stella

Jul 29, 2013 ·  9:22 AM

Hi Stella! Would it be ok to bake the mixture into two 7’‘ pans and then use the rest of the mixture for cupcakes? Can’t wait to try this recipe – much love xxx

 · Corky · 

Jul 29, 2013 ·  9:54 AM

HI Corky! Shouldn’t be a problem, just make sure you don’t overfill the 7” pans, probably no more than 2/3rds of the way. With cupcakes, 1 or 1/2 ounces of batter should be just right. Good luck!

Stella

Aug 08, 2013 ·  6:37 AM

Hi Stella me again! I’ve just made the mix for your carrot cake however so far it has been in the oven for nearly an hour and the cake is still not cooked. I use an oven thermometer so I know my oven is working at the correct temp. Could there be any other reason as to why its taking so long? Much love xxx
P.s. thanks for all the help yesterday re smbc with cream cheese. However I decided to bin that batchnand try again lol xxx

 · Corky · 

Aug 09, 2013 · 10:49 AM

Hey Corky! Sorry I didn’t get to this sooner, did your cakes turn out in the end? I developed this recipe with a convection oven at work, so it’s a little normal for recipes to take longer in a “normal” oven (I just can’t provide estimations because I haven’t baked them that way myself). But generally it only adds an extra 10 or 15 minutes. Did you have the cake in two pans or three, just out of curiosity?

Stella

Aug 19, 2013 ·  1:17 AM

I made this cake yesterday-in 3 9 in. pans from Williams-Sonoma-and it took 40 min. for my cakes to be done. This was in a calibrated gas oven. BTW this recipe rocks-nice light texture and yummy w/o the goopiness of the usual carrot cake.

 · Tami · 

Aug 20, 2013 ·  6:29 PM

Hi Tami! Thanks for the notes on bake time, I’ll update the recipe so other people will know (I bake in convection, hence it’s such a short bake time). Really glad you liked this recipe!!

Stella

Sep 14, 2013 · 10:02 PM

Me too! Just made it today in 9” pans, also in a convection oven, and not only did it take 30 minutes to bake through, but the layers were huge – full to the brim when risen! I can’t imagine having been able to use 8” pans without at least 2” high sides if not higher. How do you possibly fit this recipe in 8” pans?? I had about 35oz of batter in each and weighed all ingredients. If anything I had less carrots and pecans than called for.

Can’t wait to try it this week! Pairing with Christina Tosi’s graham buttercream, liquid cheesecake, milk crumbs, and homemade fondant carrots

 · Sarah · Www.thesweeteryboston.com

Sep 15, 2013 ·  5:11 PM

Hi Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a detailed comment. I do use 8” cake pans, but mine are 3” tall. I’ve been using them so long I never stopped to think that they weren’t standard (talk about being stuck in my own little world!). I really appreciate your feedback!

Your dessert creation sounds spectacular! Wish I could see the finished product.

Stella

Mar 25, 2014 ·  9:33 PM

Hi Stella, another gorgeous find from you! I am going to bake this beauty, as for the fabulous carrot rose, your tutorial is gone , there is a suggestion on the page that somebody might eat it… Any chance to cook it back? Please… I am starving for it! Or if you have no time to restore the tutorial (oh, I bet you don’t!), maybe just a hint from you will work its magic: is it candied carrot curl, no? Thanks in advance for your help, Stella and have a lovely day!

 · NataDrng · 

Mar 26, 2014 · 11:37 AM

Hi NataDrng! Ahh, I’ll put it back up right away. I took it off line to work on it (so the changes wouldn’t be happening in “real time” on the blog) and I must have failed to switch it back to “live” when I was done. Here it is! Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

Stella

Mar 27, 2014 ·  8:29 AM

Oooooohhh! That’s wonderful!! Thank you so very much, Stella! Ah, I cannot thank you enough… Your tutorial is the only one and unique one on the whole internet, I was googling trying to find something similar to yours, but no, there is nothing. THANK YOU!!

 · NataDrng · 

Apr 02, 2014 · 11:44 PM

Oh, I’m so glad to help! And thanks again for bringing the dead link to my attention. Glad to know I can offer something unique to the world of carrot cake!

Stella

Apr 03, 2014 ·  6:13 PM

Hi Stella,
I have explored your site…love it!
I also love w/w flour and have been using it most of my life. I am going to try your Whole Wheat Carrot Cake recipe…thanks!
Question…don’t know where to post this question so I will do it here.
I would like a good angel food cake recipe and hints on what would make one fall out of the pan when cooling. I searched your site for angel food cakes and did not find one. I made an angel food cake that tasted good, with lemon zest and the first one was fine the next two fell out of the pan while cooling. Could it be that it was under cooked or over beaten? BTW…I live in small town USA, high altitude country – 4500-5000ft with lousy shopping. Got any tried and true rules for baking at high altitude? Also, do you have a recipe for cake flour? Thanks for your help!

 · Judy · 

Apr 07, 2014 ·  5:15 PM

Hi Judy! Hope you like the carrot cake, it’s one of my favorites. And questions always welcome, anywhere you can squeeze ‘em in, haha.

I don’t have a recipe for Angel’s Food on the blog, but there will be one in my book (which will be out next year, argh!!). But two things might be going on to cause the cake to fall from the pan. Underbaking is one of them, because the meringue is still wet and therefore not sturdy enough to support itself. So as the cake cools, the wet meringue begins to contract as it deflates. This pulls it from the pan, and the cake falls out. The exact same thing can happen in a cold kitchen, too. Given the time of year, that could be a factor worth considering.

The other thing that will collapse a cake is a strong flour, rather than a “weak” cake or pastry flour. So as a round about way to answer your other question, I can’t recommend any substitutes for bleached cake flour; it’s essential to Angel’s Food. Lots of websites will say you can fake it with a blend of flour and cornstarch, but in my experience it produces an inferior cake.

I’ve never done any high altitude baking myself, but I understand that there are significant differences for things such as meringue. Some of my readers (when making macarons) have told me they needed to whip the meringue significantly harder at high altitude, but I don’t know how that might come into play with Angel’s Food.

Stella

May 22, 2014 ·  4:36 PM

Hi Stella! I posted almost exactly one year ago to the day about making these cupcakes and having issues with the batter always being too wet. Well, I must say that I made these today (again, for work for my birthday) and the batter came together beautifully! Apparently, I always missed the part of the recipe where it says “with a WHISK attachment”.
I candied my pecans before crushing them and will be topping it with a white chocolate buttercream instead of the cream cheese. I will let you know how it turns out!

 · Amy W · 

May 23, 2014 · 12:30 AM

OMGITSTHEMOSTAMAZINGLYWONDERFULCARROTCAKEIHAVEEVEREATEN.

 · Amy W · 

May 27, 2014 · 10:56 AM

Hi Amy! OMG, I’m so glad you tried it again after a year. Huge, huge difference with the whisk. Thanks for giving it another go, and for reporting back on your success! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. xo

Stella

Jun 26, 2014 ·  9:16 PM

Made this yday for a colleague’s farewell & everyone loved it! They said it was similar (or even better) than a local well known bakery’s version! Most of the time, I’ll need to cut the sugar levels from American recipes to suit Asian palates, but yours is just right.

I’m being tasked by my BFF to bake a cake for her daughter’s birthday. Simple vanilla sponge with coloured SMBC. Do you have a recipe for vanilla cake layers? I only trust your “sugar” taste buds!

 · Sophia · 

Jul 01, 2014 · 10:29 AM

Hi Sophia, aw, I’m thrilled it compared so well to a local favorite, and that you didn’t have to adjust the sugar. I’m afraid to say I don’t have a vanilla recipe at the moment. There will be one in my cookbook (out next year) so I have to keep it under lock and key.

That being said, you should check out a blog called Sweetapolita. Rosie is obsessed with vanilla cake and has many recipes and photos posted to her site, so you can no doubt find a recipe that looks right for you.

Stella

Aug 01, 2014 ·  9:28 PM

Hey Stella. My grandma’s birthday is coming up and she LOVES carrot cake. I have two questions though. 1) can I use walnuts in this cake? She doesn’t really like pistachios and feels that walnuts are more traditional for carrot cake. 2) You say to use either the German or Swiss version for the cake but in your crumb coating video you use the white chocolate cream cheese French buttercream so can I use that?? Thanks so much!

 · Lys · 

Aug 07, 2014 ·  9:49 PM

Hi Lys! If your grandma likes walnuts, that would be a great substitution. You’re so sweet, what a lucky lady. For some reason, I have never been able to stomach walnuts, but I often use pecans- another option to consider. You can definitely use the cream cheese French buttercream too, I think this recipe was posted before the video and I just never updated them to match. It’s all good!

Stella

Sep 06, 2014 ·  9:13 PM

So I was reading your comments above; is the recommended time for convection or regular? Also I read your comment about natural flavoring in the butter affecting the taste of the buttercream and I was looking for unsalted butter without it and made a strange discovery. All of the unsalted butter in my area has it but the salted does not. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

 · Lys · 

Sep 12, 2014 · 10:56 AM

Hi Lys! Ugh, what a bummer! I’ve found that organic butters are often the only option without added flavoring. It’s very frustrating that these companies can get away with flavoring butter, and I wish the FDA held it to a pure standard!

Stella



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