Friday, April 9, 2010


I have always been a big fan of carrot cakes (be they Swiss, American, Swedish, etc..., you name it!), but growing up as I child I very rarely got to eat that delicious speciality as my family didn't like that treat. And until now, at home, I never made any as "supposedly" my boyfriend doesn't like them...

Well, the other day, I was able to prove him that he did like carrot cake and that his aversion to this baked good was based on stupid preconceptions. Never had I seen a carrot cake hater GOOBLE a carrot cake with such enthusiasm LOL!

You see, with the arrival of spring, I had been craving carrot cake more than usual as I have been seeing it everywhere lately. Magazines, blogs, sites, stores, all present their own version. After seeing countless pictures of carrot cakes and having been deprived of that goodie for so long, it was impossible not to cave in. I HAD to bake a carrot cake no matter if I was going to be the only one eating it...

So, I looked a round and found a recipe that would both fulfill my carrot cake and Bundt cake (remember, I am also a Bundt cake amateur) cravings. Nicole Weston's blog "Baking Bites" offered the solution: a delightful "Carrot Bundt Cake" with icing.

This "Carrot Bundt Cake" is without a doubt very delici
ous and is a lot fluffier than classic carrot cakes baked in sheet cake pans. It is incredibly moist, super tender without being chokingly compact, heavy or annoyingly wet. It also has a wonderful buttery taste and is perfectly spicy. Not forgetting that the orange flavored icing adds some extra oomph to it. A well-balanced and lipsmackingly luscious cake that will disappear fast!

~ Carrot Bundt Cake ~
Recipe taken from the blog "Baking Bites" (USA) and slightly adapted by Rosa @ Rosa's Yummy Yums 2010.

Makes 1 cake/serves 12-14.

Ingredients for the "Bundt Cake":
2 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
2 Tsp Baking soda
1/2 Tsp Sea salt
2 1/2 Tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground allspice
1/4 Tsp Freshly ground nutmeg
2 1/2 Cups Sugar
3 Large eggs
2/3 Cup Unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 Cup Orange juice (fresh, if possible)
zest of one organic orange
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
3 Cups Shredded carrots (from about 4 large carrots)
1 Cup Raisins
Ingredients for the "Orange Glaze":
1 Tbsp Unsalted butter, very soft
2 Tbsp Orange juice
A few drops orange extract
1 Cup Powdered sugar
Food coloring

Method for the "Bundt Cake":
1. Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F). Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
3. In the bowl of a mixer, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla until smooth.
4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until almost combined. Stir in shredded carrots, followed by raisins (Batter should have carrots and raisins e
venly distributed and no dry streaks of flour remaining).
5. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
6. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool (cake will be dark on the outside from the caramelization of sugar against the pan; don’t worry if it looks a bit darker than you’d expect) completely before frosting.
Method for the "Orange Glaze":

1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add in a few drops more orange juice in the event that the frosting is too thick to pour easily.
2. Scrape glaze into a plastic bag and snip off the corner. Drizzle o
ver finished cake (it is best to have the cake on a serving platter or on a wire cooling rack, where the excess can drip off if it runs down the sides of the cake) as desired.


You can replace the raisins by any other dry fruit or nut of your choice.
This cake can be left plain, but I find that the icing is a great addition.

Serving suggestions:

Serve this cake with whipped cream and a cup of coffee or tea.


~ Cake Bundt Aux Carottes ~
Recette tirée du blog "Baking Bites" (USA) et légèrement adaptée par Rosa @ Rosa's Yummy Yums 2010.

Pour 1 cake/pour 12-14 personnes.

Ingrédients pour le "Cake":
320g de Farine blanche
2 CC de Bicarbonate de soude
1/2 CC de sel de mer
2 1/2 CC de Cannelle en poudre
1/2 CC de Poivre de la Jamaïque en poudre
1/4 CC de Noix de muscade en poudre
525g de Sucre cristallisé
3 Gros oeufs
160g de Beurre non-salé, fondu et à température ambiante
120ml de Jus d'orange (frais si possible) Le zest d'une orange bio
1 CC d'Extrait de vanille naturelle

315g de Carottes rapées finement (~4 grosses carottes)
158g de Raisins secs
Ingrédients pour le "Glaçage A l'Orange":
15g de Beurre non-salé, très mou
30g de Jus d'orange

Quelques gouttes d'extrait d'orange
120g de Sucre en poudre
Colorant alimentaire

Méthode pour le "Cake":
1. Préchauffer le four à 180° C. Beurrer et fariner le moule à Bundt (25cm de diamètre).

2. Dans un bol moyen, mélanger la farine, la bicarbonate, le sel et les épices.
3. Dans le bol d'un robot de cuisine, battre ensemble le sucre, les oeufs, le beurre fondu, le jus d'orange, le zest et la vanille afin d'obtenir un mélange homogène.
4. Incorporer les ingrédients secs au mélange
et mélanger. Ajouter les carottes et les raisins secs (les raisins et la carotte doivent être bien distribués dans la pâte).
5. Verser la pâte dans le moule et cuire pendant 45-50 minutes, jusqu'à ce que la pointe d'un couteau enfoncée dans le cake en resorte sèche.
6. Faire refroidir le cake dans le moule pendant 10 minutes puis le démouler sur une grille afin qu'il refroidisse complètement avant de le glacer.
pour le "Glaçage A l'Orange":
1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients afin d'obtenir un glaçage homogène. Si le glaçage est trop sec, ajoutez un peu de jus d'orange.
2. Glacer le cake.

Si vous n'avez pas de moule à gâteau Bundt, alors un moule à Kougelhopf fera l'affaire.
Vous pouvez remplacer les raisins par d'autres fruits secs ou des noix.
Ce cake peut être servi sans glaçage bien que je pense que ça serait dommage car le glaçage se marie parfaitement au cake et ajoute une touche gourmande.

Serving suggestions:
Servez ce cake avec de la crème chantilly et une tasse de café ou de thé.


  1. il a l'air tellement moelleux et fondant! j'adore le glaçage très girly!

  2. Mon Dieu Rosa que c'est Pretty :)
    Et tes Photos sont à tomber forcément comme toujours : Je le tenterai bien celui-ci dans les jours prochains !

  3. Wow, Your carrot cake looks fantastic. I have never tasted a carrot cake, I think i still need to approach it without any preconceptions :)

  4. Wow this is a so lovely carrot cake, esp. with that pinky girly frosting.

  5. Oh Rosa, what a beautiful cake, really very delicate...and I am sure that the frosting adds a lot of flavor :-)

  6. Always looking for a good carrot cake recipe. Yours looks amazing, love the pretty pink frosting :)

  7. wow such a gorgeous cake...looks too tempting rosa...beautifully done..

  8. I also have an aversion against these kind of vegetable cakes, but nobody will cure me from my stupid preconceptions :-)

  9. Just lovely! And perfect for spring. ;) Love the pink.

  10. Rosa, this couldn't have come at a better time. I am trying to find recipes for a carrot cake. I am like your boyfriend, I really can't stand carrot cakes. I need to find a recipe though since they want it at the new restaurant where I am working now. I have three recipes to try and now this one. I will keep you posted.


  11. Hi Rosa
    You should win a prize, this is just the perfect carrot cake.
    I just do not get tired to look at your photos, so sublime, so perfect and full of style.
    Have a great weekend x

  12. I love carrot cake, too. Yours looks terrific!


  13. You have absolutely gorgeous bundt here...jus the kinda ecstasy we need at the party below and u sure are invited ...
    Stunning pics too and i so love flowers ....

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    and all u need to do is hop at the link below and leave her a birthday message and link any or all of ur deliciousness u wanna bring to the party.....looking foward to u the party and CHaya going to love having u over .......
    ANd if possible please send this message atleast to 5 of ur bloggin buddys , we so wanna make her day dont we....

    come to the party ....ur presence n love will make the difference.....

    to bring the joy of the gorgeously stunning Springtime right here

  14. This looks like a very good carrot cake recipe ... I especially like that it uses butter and not oil! ... and the orange juice a nice addition!

  15. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite. I would totally eat this one. Even though it is girly.

  16. Loving that pink icing!! Just beautiful!

  17. Also my very favorite all dolled up! I think it should be orange coloring instead of pink if it's going to taste orange though. Super cute!

  18. Wow that is a beautiful girly cake. Love the contrast of the pistachios and the pink frosting.

  19. Cette version du gâteau à la carotte est très originale ... and so girly !
    Mais dis-moi: autant de sucre !!!
    Tu es sure ?
    Bien à toi

  20. Rosa not only girls like this pinky delight - definitively a delicious cake!

    All the best,


  21. Il est terriblement gourmand.Je t'aurais bien aidé à le finir...

  22. Wow!!! I don't care if it is girly, cut me off a man sized piece of that masterpiece!!!

  23. What a happy looking carrot cake :)

  24. what a goregous, spring time cake..I love the color..just fab--


  25. Wow Rosa,
    That carrot cake look very Springy, girly, and of course delicious too. Very pretty.

  26. Superbe!
    Il a l'air très bon et j'adooore l'orange avec le rose.
    So girly!

  27. I'm lovin' the flavor and the color of this bundt cake,Rosa..

  28. I love carrots cake Rosa and your look really awesome and delicious! I love always and like You I only try now Im older, je,je, when I was a child nobody of my family make carrots cake!! and I love it! gloria

  29. You made a really lovely carrot cake. I would love to make this for the kids and see how they like it. They're not really big fans of carrot cakes but I bet they will love this one.

  30. You are making me crave carrot cake right now and it's only 8 a.m. Sounds like a wonderful recipe. Have a great weekend.

  31. this is very girly!! hehe soo loving the pretty colors!! my daughter is begging me to prepare this for her!! hehe.. sound delicious!!
    have a lovely day rosa!!

  32. wowzers! I love love love carrot cake and this version does look super cute and girly. You rock!

  33. a parte le foto che sono straordinare, questo dolce é di nuna bellezza unica irrisistibile e adatto per quasto fine settimana.

    Buon we carissima Rosa^^

  34. Gorgeous cake .I am drooling right now!Do drop by
    when time permits

  35. Carrot cake, one of my faves....diggin the girly icing too!

  36. rosa.... je viens de prende LA decision de me mettre au regime, mechamment besoin de perdre 5kg !! et tu ns mets un truc pareil devant les yeux ???? Bon je ne regarderai que la belle primevere ;)
    Biz, corinne

  37. Quel gâteau, il est splenide! =)
    J'adora le couleur de ton glaçage!
    Bravo pour tes jolies photos!
    Bisous & Bonne journée

  38. Rosa your recipe is to die for can't wait to try ...

    Thank you for sharing your recipe :)

    Have a lovely day ~

  39. Oh, this is the perfect cake for me! I love carrot cake and I love pink frosting...that makes it twice as awesome.

  40. C'est tres belle. Je t'aime la rose.

    ton amies Magellan et Penelope

  41. love the colours in youre pix -both of them! wow rosa great job!

  42. I love carrot cake, yours look really pretty! :)

  43. Rosa, the colors in this post are awesome. You have captured the essence of Spring. I have never seen a carrot cake like this one. The glaze is stunning, the orange flavor with the carrot is so unique. xxoo

  44. j'en ai bcp mangé mais jamais fait ! faudrait que je me lance !pierre

  45. Would you believe me if i told you that i gave never Esten carrot cake? Not because i hate it but it simply hasn't happened yet! Yours looks so good though with tgat beautiful pink icing that i just might have to make my Diest carrotcake soon!!

  46. i LOVE carrot cake--your boyfriend was really missing out all those years! this looks great, rosa. :)

  47. You must be crazy seducing me with your bundt carrot cake! it is so hard to resist! :)

  48. I know exactly what you are saying Rosa. The first time I made carrot cake, my husband was horrified. Carrots and cake? No way!
    Now he begs me to bake a carrot cake!

    The addition of orange must have really made it taste yum; love the colour of that icing!

  49. Oh, I so like the cake. In fact, I'm very tempted to try it myself, regarding I've never tasted anything carrot-cake-like in my life (shame on me). Great photos, BTW! :) Like your blog!

  50. Quel magnifique glaçage, j'adore !!
    Bon dimanche

  51. This looks absolutely delicious!

  52. Tasty. You just gave me an idea for my son's birthday cake!

  53. The carrot cakes I am familiar with are dense and full of raisins, pineapple and nuts. This seems much lighter and still delicious!!!

  54. The most beautiful carrot cake I've ever seen. so pretty and fresh like spring - no wonder your boyfriend couldn't resist it!

  55. What a lovely girly cake, I love the combination of carrots and oranges, they are a good match...
    I am trying your recipe version.

  56. WOW! Rosa... I'm not sure if I'm srwn to your bundt for it's flavours or simply because orange and pink together, is one of my favorite color combination!

    This is like you write, such a girlie, girlie cake! Lovely, dainty and soooo whimsical!

  57. Rosa, what a beautiful looking cake. I love the pink frosting. It's funny when someone says they don't like something, but then they more than enjoy it, unknowingly! :)

  58. Hello Rosa !
    Je ne sais pas ce que je préfère : ton gateau so girly ou tes superbes photos ?

  59. Waouh, je suis certaine que ce gâteau plairait à mes filles. So girly.

  60. I hope after you baked this, your boyfriend would at least appreciate your effort in baking this lovely yummy cake.

  61. I am LOVING the flavour combination in this already amazing cake! And the frosty is too cute to boot!!

  62. Gorgeous! I love the pink color glaze!

  63. Rosa,

    Lovely carrot cake. I am always looking for new ways to make carrot cake - L loves them! I adore your favor combinations and the pink glaze is so pretty!


  64. Hey Rosa,

    The bundt cake looks amazing! I'm going to try this very soon.
    Thanks for visiting me and leaving sweet comments on

    I will be back soon!

  65. Pretty in pink indeed! Love the frosting.

  66. Oh, my boyfriend also didn't like carrot cakes. At least he told me so. Then I made one last year, and suddenly he started to like it! :) I have to try this recipe. It looks divine! My mouth is watering.

  67. Pretty and girly, indeed! That is one gorgeous carrot cake.I love it, perfect for Spring!

  68. Quel élégant et joli gâteau:))

    Bonne journée à toi Rosa!! xxx

  69. Love the color of thr icing! Pink all the way!

  70. I love carrot cake, and this is such a pretty one! The pink frosting is delightful.

  71. Rosa, soooo pretty and it sings of spring! Lovely! And I so want to try this version of carrot cake which is often too sweet. Beautiful!

  72. What a beautiful bundt, Rosa! Carrot cake is actually one of my favorites and yours looks amazing!

  73. VERO DE DELIMOON: Merci! Oui, en effet, il y a autant de sucre (2 1/2 tasses de sucre = 2 1/2 X 210g)...

  74. You are right -- feminine and decadent! I love this bundt with its pretty-in-pink icing.

  75. Isn't it great when you can get the boyfriend to love such a pretty and girly dessert?! I don't know why boys always deny loving carrot cake! This cake looks delicious. Love the pink glaze!

  76. this is such a beautiful carrot cake and I adore the icing. It must have been delicious.

  77. Ah yes, behind every finicky man, there's a very clever woman with the power to sway.

    Rosa, I love carrot cake and particularly the ones made with butter, as opposed to vegetable oil.

    Yours is the epitome of perfection, with its pretty pink icing dripping down the sides, and the finely-chopped pistachios.

  78. Il est splendide! Et tes photos comme toujours sont à tomber...

  79. Quelle bonne idée d'ajouter du jus d'orange dans l'appareil à gâteau! il a vraiment l'air exquis!

  80. the pink glaze makes this so so pretty, I would have never thought of making a rose coloured glaxe for a carrot cake but this works so well.

  81. Very pretty, ce girly bundt cake ! Très jolie couleur et la texture est appétissante en diable !

  82. Sublimes photos !
    Jamais utilisé la poudre de roses séchées, tu les piles ?

  83. oh, il est tout simplement magnifique - je sens que je vais craquer (non, fondre) pour celui la.

  84. that has to be the prettiest carrot cake ever

  85. That looks like spring personified. ;)

  86. That is a very cute and pretty cake :)

  87. That cake is indeed pretty and girly! Lovely dessert ... I have been craving cakes like this lately.

  88. I am LOVING the pink icing. must be the girly girl in me. I couldnt say no to a slice of this!

  89. Your cake looks almost too good to cut, the crumb looks perfectly tender and that frosting is too good to be true!

  90. I am currently looking for my perfect carrot cake recipe and this looks just fabulous :) Definitely wishing I had a bundt tin now!

  91. tes photos son vraiment magnifiques, qu'elles soient de cuisine, de paysage ou de chats.
    bravo, vraiment c'est un plaisir de passer par ici.

  92. APPLEMINI: Un grand merci pour ce gentil compliment qui me fait chaud au coeur! Bises.

  93. this is one beautiful cake!!!!

  94. My name is Chantal and i'm a baker, although i'm only thirteen. For those whose don't have orange juice available, add half a cup of thick buttermilk instead. It makes the cake moist and adds a tangy flavor to make up for the lack of orange. Also if you don't have allspice, add 1/4 of a teaspoon of cloves. This cake was delicious! It was fluffy and tall but also very moist and a little it dense. It had everything you want in a cake in terms of flavor and texture. try my alterations if you lack the ingredients you need; you'll love it!