I find the Carrot Cake for Easter connection to be one of the most adorable things ever. Easter >Bunnies >Carrots. I mean it makes perfect sense right? (Though those big Easter Bunnies are totally weird but I’m totally still taking Hugo to meet one!) Somehow even without the bunny thing, Carrot Cake always brings to mind the Spring. It’s weird really since in many ways the spices and pairings are right on par with Fall flavors. Truthfully though, I think Carrot Cake is one of those desserts that works all year round. (I mean I’ll eat it any old time!)
Now when it comes to Carrot Cake, it seems like there are two pretty distinct camps. The side that likes all the goodies in the batter like nuts, raisins, and pineapple, and then the types who prefer their Carrot Cake simple- carrots and spice together in a light and fluffy cake with rich cream cheese frosting. As a kid, we only ate the first kind. I think my Mom figured that the more fruit and nuts she could cram in there the healthier the whole thing was, and truthfully we were none the wiser and loved it. Fast forward to when I met Andy who is a strict “no mix-ins in my Carrot Cake” type, and I guess he pulled me a bit to his side. There is something pretty awesome about a super simple Carrot Cake. Soft moist cake with cream cheese frosting on every bite- nothing to take away from the texture and spice. If you’re a “keep the fruit and nuts out of my Carrot Cake” person this recipe is for you.
I actually used the base cake recipe from the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook. (Remember when I used to be baking my way through!?) Well back when I was doing that- we made Carrot Cake Truffles. Basically they consisted of this cake crushed up and rolled into balls then dipped in white chocolate. They were amazing, but I could never forget the perfect texture of that cake before we demolished it. I have never tried anything like it. It is so moist that it almost melts in your mouth and is just so fluffy. It’s not too sweet at all, so pairing it with a rich cream cheese frosting is a match made in heaven. (And I pretty much made this with equal parts cake/frosting which was to die for.)
Of course if adding raisins or nuts is your thing, you can go ahead and toss some into the batter, but I have to say I’m a simple Carrot Cake convert. This one is my new favorite!
*I grated these carrots super fine, either way is fine.
Base recipe from: Milk, The Momofuku Milkbar Cookbook