Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Last weekend was the most relaxing weekend I've had in ages. After the hustle and bustle of the week before - trying to paint the kitchen island with a toddler running around - I was glad to have some time to relax and focus on me. Saturday evening we went out for champagne and french fries, which was 100% my choice. There are only a handful of things in this world that I love more than champagne and french fries, one of them being Sebastian and the other, Brent. All three of us were there, enjoying each others company, Sebastian trying to entertain us with his toddler mannerisms and grunts, Brent and I gushing over how sweet our baby boy is. Sometimes I can't believe that we made him. Every once and a while I need to pinch myself just to make sure that things are real.

That night, Brent offered to sleep in the spare room so that I could have the bed all to myself and he would wake up with Sebastian in the morning. It was perfect timing, because that morning Sebastian woke up at 6 am (which is pretty rare for him), and after a few glasses of champagne the night before, I was really happy to be sleeping those extra hours.

Later that day, while the guys were out doing their thing, I treated myself to a pedicure and manicure and then I did some gardening - which in retrospect should have been the other way around - and then I made myself a carrot cake and it was all so absolutely perfect.

The carrot cake is an adaption from the one made at Rebar in Victoria BC.  If you are ever traveling thorough Victoria, you must make a stop at Rebar. It is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Every once in a while, I get the urge to make this carrot cake, probably when I start to get nostalgic about Victoria. This cake is loaded with all the best ingredients like coconut, pineapple, dates, walnuts, and spices. It's moist and substantial, while also being a bit light and delicate. The white chocolate cream cheese icing is incredible, and I basically want to eat it on my toast every morning. You can dress the cake as you like - decorative piping, chopped walnuts, shredded coconut. You can make the recipe into cupcakes, loaves, or a sheet cake. There are a lot of options. It is my go-to carrot cake recipe.

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CARROT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE ICING

adapted from rebar modern food cookbook

yields one 8" round cake

prep time: 60 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 - 8 oz packs of cream cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 oz white chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups icing sugar
Read the whole recipe on The Flourishing Foodie