I loved this cake! Loved. I usually don’t say that about carrot cake, but I loved all the flavor that was in it! The Orange and Ginger added a wonderful taste to the carrot cake. My frosting was a little finicky, but once I got the consistency right, it was perfect. And I don’t think that this cake would be any more perfect with these adorable Macarons.
I was not very happy with my frosting on this cake. I filled the cake while the frosting was still thin and sticky. I put the semi-frosted cake into the freezer to help firm up the frosting, but it didn’t work. It stayed slippery and when I frosting it with the thickened frosting it move around. So not cool.
I was just starting to frost the cake… I put a big dollop on the top of the cake can started to spread it out when I heard my daughter crying. Not knowing what to expect, I put the cake into the fridge and went to see what was wrong. Well, that frosting sure did firm up well. It was not too firm to spread and when I tried, it caused the top layer to start sliding around.
So, needless to say, I didn’t think the cake looked as wonderful as I was hoping for.
All in all, the cake tasted wonderful. I have a quarter of it in my freezer that I’m saving. I don’t do that for many cakes, they usually end up someplace else.
I hope that you try this delicious twist of flavor for your carrot cake this year. I highly recommend it.
- 2½ cups flour
- 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and shredded
- ½ cup crystallized ginger
- 1½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
- Bunny Macarons
- Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare three 8 inch round pans or one 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and soda, and all the spices together in a large bowl. Chop the crystallized ginger into small pieces. If they get sticky, use a bit of flour to prevent them from clumping together.
- Shred the carrots in a food processor and add to the flour mixture. Clean out the food processor.
- In the food processor, mix the sugars, orange zest and eggs until smooth. Gradually add the applesauce and oil until it's well combined. Pour the wet batter over the carrots and flour and stir to combine.
- Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 30 - 40 minutes. The round pans will be done sooner than the large pan. Cook the cake before removing them from the pans.
- Frost the cake with the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, reserving a ½ cup for the macarons, and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. This frosting crusted over very nicely.
- Fill your Macarons with the reserved ½ cup of frosting. Pipe a large swirl on the cake to attach the macarons to the cake.
- Serve to your very impressed guests.
Find the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting HERE.
Find the Bunny Macarons Tutorial HERE.