Easy Peasy Carrot Cake With Buttermilk Frosting
Carrot cake with buttercream frosting is the cake that not only goes with every occasion, but it’s the #1 favorite cake of every weekend as well!
It is completely effortless, and the buttermilk frosting doesn’t even need a piping bag. You can put the frosting jar in the fridge for up to 4 days and use it according to your needs.
This is the perfect carrot cake with buttercream frosting to cook on a Thursday night, an hour or two before you go to sleep. The process is quick, super easy, it won’t take you a long time. Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, do not feel guilty!
Keeping a balanced diet allows you to have a carrot cake with a buttermilk frosting like this once a week. I mean, that’s great news!
Anyways, if you still think there is too much sweetness, consider that oranges, carrots, and the heaven-on-earth frosting on top have, maybe, the perfect substitute for the sugar.
Carrots are wrapped up with sweetness at this part of the year; Oranges, on the other hand, are top fruit rich in vitamin C, while hazelnuts just put the cherry on the cake as the ultimate nut that goes perfectly with every dessert. I mean, it’s all so packed!
Yes, try adding hazelnuts just before you serve the cake. For example, chop some hazelnuts and spread them on top of the frosting. This is a piece of this cake the next day it is baked.
Enough with the mouthwatering..let’s make it!
Carrot Cake With Buttermilk Frosting’s Ingredients
Begin with two mixing bowls. Whisk the dry ingredients together in 1 bowl, then the wet ingredients in another bowl.
- All-purpose flour and 00 flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, a pinch of salt. These are the dry ingredients for this recipe.
- The chopped butter. Make sure it is at room temperature.
- Three whole eggs. It is preferred for eggs to be at room temperature too.
- Granulated sugar and brown sugar. The reason why we choose brown sugar is its color. It makes the cake a little darker, and carrots have a better appearance. But you may not use brown sugar and only go with the white one instead.
- One orange (juice and zest) and half a lemon (only liquid). You can choose to zest the lemon, but I prefer to dominate the orange as I like its sweetness.
- Grated carrots. Make sure you grate them at the last minute so they do not lose color. Also, do shred them yourself at home, as it gives extra moisture to the cake.
- As for the frosting, go with powdered sugar. It melts easily, and it created the perfect consistency a frosting needs.
Procedure For The Cake
First, mix sugar and butter until they become a paste.
Next, add the eggs one at a time until all the mixture becomes smooth.
Than, zest and juice both of the orange and half a lemon into the wet ingredients until they thoroughly combine.
Add the dry ingredients slowly until they all incorporate.
Last, add the grated carrots.
Stir with a spatula and transfer the mixture into a baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350F and check if it’s ready with a stick. If the bar comes out clean, it is prepared!
It Is Time To Prepare The Frosting
While the cake is baking, mix butter with a hand mixer for around 5 minutes. The butter needs to be very soft and really smooth. The lighter its’ color becomes, the easier it will be for the sugar to get incorporated.
Add the powdered sugar while checking for sweetness. A pinch of salt would help offset the sweetness too.
Last but not least, add a tablespoon of milk. This last step ensures the frosting is “hydrated.” By that, I mean that milk creates the silkiness of the whole mixture. It is worth the wait, trust me!
That’s it! It is ready.
Tips For The Frosting
Pop it into the fridge, so the next day, the only thing you will have to do is chop the hazelnuts. But if you will eat the cake the next day and think preparing the frosting now is too much ahead of time, you can make it 30 mins before actually eating the cake.
Preparing the frosting will only take a few minutes, but I suggest chilling it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving. This guarantees the creamy frosting will hold its shape.
Roast the hazelnuts before chopping. This will add extra flavor and give a darker color to the nuts.
And by the way, look how this cake is a little cracked in the edge. That because I did not spread butter evenly around the edge of the springform. So, please do not avoid this step.
Please do not bother using a piping bag for spreading the frosting. It is so easy and on hand using a tablespoon.
The taste is just as heavenly. Enjoy every single bite of it!
The cake is so soft and fluffy. I don’t think anyone in the family will resist its smell. I mean, this cake shouts, “Eat me, now!”.
I heard it right! I showed this piece of cake a good time.🤣 Done! 😂 In three minutes. I don’t lose my time.
Ladies and gentlemen… thank me later.Print