Moist Carrot Orange Cake Recipe

A Moist Carrot Orange Cake Recipe, that when sliced, is all about the vibrant orange carrots, sunny orange zest and the richness of real yogurt.

Moist Carrot Orange Cake
Moist Carrot Orange Cake

Carrot Cake Recipe Memories – Good and Bad

A Carrot Cake, that when sliced, is all about the orange carrots, sunny orange zest and the richness of real yogurt.

Easter of 2020, and I became a real Brat!

No easter egg hunt with my grandchildren, chocolate bunnies and no Carrot Cake for my family.

Usually a carrot cake is one I make for the kids, when I start to see bunnies darting around my yard in spring. 

I let that darn Covid-19 rob me of a beautiful day.

First time in my life, I wore black on Easter Sunday! But then, something happened.

As my only visitors that spring of 2020 were squirrels, birds, deer and rabbits (trust me), I was beginning to feel like Beatrix Potter.

The World Of Beatrix Potter - England
The World Of Beatrix Potter – England

Those cheerful critters gave me an attitude adjustment.

I’m making Carrot Cake, if only for me!

Carrots Bunnies And Other Spring Happenings

I took a long drive to where I grew up. Remembered so many beautiful stories and faces from my childhood.

Sailboats were sitting still at dock, lifeless.

Few people out. Spring green everywhere.

Then I drove to the home where my sisters and I entered into our adult years, and my first 2 children were born: acres and acres of lush farmland.

It was there, that it happened.

I saw a huge John Deere piece of farm equipment, that iconic bright green and yellow.

A recent HGTV television commercial came to mind, “Life might be standing still right now but the earth is full of life…”

I came home, opened my fridge and there was this bundle of bright orange carrots smiling at me.

CARROT CAKE, they whispered? Oh Yes, I replied!

Carrot Cake Recipe Must Be About The Carrots!

While I have had carrot cakes much of my life, dating back to the early 70’s. When I had my first, I saw lots of variations; one even showcasing pineapple in the carrot cake.

Carrot Cake Batter
Carrot Cake Batter

I tried some of the recipes, but the carrots didn’t seem to dominate the cake. I wanted a carrot cake, any bunny from my yard would be proud to steal from me!

While peeling and grating carrots, looking out the window at trees that were coming alive after a long winter’s sleep, I realized how grateful I was to live in a place that has season changes.

Perhaps life for us humans wasn’t going to change any time soon with the monster pandemic robbing us of life as we knew it, but life, movement and change was happening in nature.

The grass was beginning to grow, birds were busy from sun up to sun down, flowers were blooming and the sun began to draw me, once again, outside. 

Dare I say I also became inspired to create a Carrot Risotto to actually look like a carrot? Strange times call for strange creativity!

Carrot Risotto
Carrot Risotto

The Best Moist Carrot Orange Cake Of A Pandemic Year

I must admit, since I put so much thought into this carrot cake, gave it so much importance during lean and unusual times, it turned out to be one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever made.

I didn’t want to suffocate this perfectly ‘carroty’ carrot cake with icing, or drown out the carrots with other ingredients that were not supporting actors to the carrots.

Instead, I wanted this carrot cake to always remind me, years from now, how much it meant to enjoy a carrot rich cake, alone, in springtime.

Remember always to feel the company and comfort of nature all around me, even during bustling times of life.

Parsnips vs Carrot Cake Recipe

Suddenly it’s Autumn and carrots seemed a faded memory of spring.

So, on a whim, I tried carrot’s faded cousin in my cake, the parsnip.

Dare I say, the parsnip is actually sweeter, when cooked, than carrots are?

Well, I just did, so by all means, give this exact same recipe a try in Autumn, only swap out the carrots for parsnips!

Parsnip Cake
Parsnip Cake

Ingredients Needed

  • Carrots
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Yogurt
  • Orange zest
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Powdered sugar
Parsnip Cake Ingredients
Parsnip Cake Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Springform pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Non-stick spray
  • Paper doily for dusting design
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Citrus zester
  • Box Grater – if not using a food processor to grate the carrots, I use this box grater.
  • Oven
Moist Carrot Orange Cake Recipe

Moist Carrot Orange Cake Recipe

A Moist Carrot Orange Cake, that when sliced, is all about the vibrant orange carrots, sunny orange zest and the richness of real yogurt.
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Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Moist Carrot Orange Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Equipment

  • Food processor or Box grater
  • Whisk and large bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Carrots peeled and shredded
  • 1 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs seperated
  • 1 cup Oil sunflower or other light flavor
  • 1 cup Yogurt whole milk
  • 1 Orange juice and zest
  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Baking soda – 1/2  teaspoon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar finishing

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Rub oil or spray non-stick inside the baking pan, preferably a springform pan.
  • Whisk the egg white until fluffy and set aside.
    Mix the egg yolks, carrots, sugar, oil, yogurt, juice of the orange and 1 tablespoon of orange zest together (saving some zest for garnish).
  • Sprinkle in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix batter well.
    Fold in the whipped egg whites, well without whisking.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan and bake until tester comes out clean, about an hour.
  • Once cool, powdered sugar can be dusted across the top with a generous zest of orange rind.

Notes

  • For an Autumn treat, try swapping out the carrots for parsnips!
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    Annie
    Annie
    2 years ago

    What a delicious looking cake and beautiful story! Your resilient spirit is an inspiration.