liisa's carrot cake

a recipe by
Annastiina Salonen
Vanhalinna, Varsinais-Suomi

Here's another of my grandmother's recipe, called Liisa. The cake is modestly beautiful ja the flavor is amazing. It doesn't have any filling but the rich amount of carrot makes it moist and the icing is sweet. I have also written the recipe in Finnish, here: https://www.kotikokki.net/reseptit/nayta/836532/Liisan%20Porkkanakakku/

serves 12
prep time 45 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For liisa's carrot cake

  • BASE:
  • 2
    eggs
  • 150 ml
    sugar, granulated
  • 200 ml
    wheat flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • ½ tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon
  • ½ tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 230 g
    carrot, finely grated
  • 100 ml
    canola oil
  • CHEESE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 50 g
    processed cheese, unseasoned block
  • 30 g
    butter
  • 200 ml
    powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp
    vanilla extract
  • DECORATION:
  • almonds, coarse meal or chips

How To Make liisa's carrot cake

  • 1
    Baking the cake base: 1. Heat the oven to 200°C. 2. Grease and flour a small even cake tin. 3. Mix all the dry ingredients. 4. Whisk the sugar and eggs until they're light and fluffy. Add and mix in the vanilla extract if you're using it. 5. Alternating with the carrot and oil, add the dry ingredients into the eggs through a sieve. Fold them in until they're just combined. 6. Pour the batter into the cake tin and let it bake for about 40 minutes. 7. Put the cake base onto a tray and allow it to cool for at least an hour.
  • 2
    Cheese buttercream: 1. Cream the room temperature processed cheese and butter together until they're even. My grandmother used to use a cheese called Koskenlaskija. 2. Add the sugar and vanilla. Keep mixing until you get a light and fluffy icing. Cover the mixer with a cloth if the sugar is dusting a lot. 3. Cover the cake base with the icing evenly. 4. Create patterns on the icing with a fork.
  • 3
    Finally, sprinkle on the almond. The cake is edible in this point but it's good to let it chill further in the fridge.
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