carrot cake with no cream cheese frosting?

ravenclaw
Posted on 02/19/2011 by calabaza_azul
Hiiii bakebakebakers!

I want to bake a carrot cake/muffin/bar/quickbread/sortlikethat BUT with no cream cheese on top. I mean, I want it to be sweet, like a dessert, but without frosting.

I know I know, don't look at me like I'm a total weirdo lol

Can you help me, please? :D
resin_ga_miteru 19th-Feb-2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Why not just leave off the frosting then? Most carrot cakes are moist and rich enough to go without it, or with a just a dusting of powdered sugar on top.
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
My problem: not sweet enough! I'll explain myself better the next time :s but thank you!
patronuscharms 19th-Feb-2011 08:33 am (UTC)
The frosting is separate... Can't you just bake a carrot cake and not frost it?
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
My mistake. I didn't tell what I was worry about: not sweet enough. :)
littlekitty167 19th-Feb-2011 09:22 am (UTC)
Errr... I'd just bake whatever it is and just leave out the cream cheese frosting at the end. :)
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that no-frosting = no sweetness enough. But now I see I won't have any problem with that. Thanks :)
elvenqueen86 19th-Feb-2011 09:37 am (UTC)
You could probably use any recipe, just sprinkle some sugar on top or use something sweet in it, like pineapple. I made this recently, and to be honest, it really didn't need the frosting IMO. It was super moist and delicious. It uses carrot pulp from a juicer, but I'm pretty sure shredded carrots would work just fine.
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
thank youuuu!! I just book-marked this recipe. I'm in love with super moist and delicious cakes :D
jekni 19th-Feb-2011 09:53 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what your question actually is. Just leave the icing off if you don't want to put it on.
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'll do that! It's because I was afraid that cake batter wouldn't be sweet enough. Thanks!
muffincakedemon 19th-Feb-2011 10:28 am (UTC)
About half a year ago I baked a carrot cake every week in an effort to find out how much carrot you can put in a cake and still have it be cake-y. (The results were foolishly not documented but you can put A LOT.)

Something I learned during this time is that the more carrot you include the sweeter and moister the cake will be. I would first find a good recipe with lots of fresh carrot and either go with that or add more carrot. Maybe top with a thick powdered sugar glaze with some orange juice/zest?

I find that about a tablespoon of butter thrown in with the powdered sugar and water makes for a nice texture and flavor.
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
hahahaha I wish I was part of that experiment, sounds amazingly good! carrot cake every weed yummi yummi!

I'll look out for a recipe with lots of carrot! that topping sounds good. I can't wait for tomorrow to bake this!

Thank youuu very much :*
jekni 19th-Feb-2011 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I don't think I understand your problem. If you don't want the icing just leave it off. If you don't think it will be sweet enough without (which I can't believe - I've never had a carrot cake that wasn't waaaay too sweet anyway!) just add a bit of extra brown sugar or whatever is being used as a sweetener. Alternatively you could make it a syrup cake, lemon syrup would be nice.
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I din't explain myself well enough. But I'll follow all your advices :) thah lemon syrup cake sounds yummiii. thanks!
anais2 19th-Feb-2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'll give this one a shot; don't frost it. Alternatively, lay a paper doily on top, and finely sift confectioners sugar over and lift off the doily- a lacy pattern remains to fancy it up a bit. What say you?
calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
awwww I'll do that! what a great tip :) thank you!
reservoir 19th-Feb-2011 12:25 pm (UTC)


Are you worried the cake won't be sweet enough without the frosting? I'd just make the cake but be sure to include the optional stuff like crushed pineapple and golden raisins.

calabaza_azul 19th-Feb-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)

Yes! I was afraid of that, not enough sweetness. But apparently I was wrong hehehe thank you! I'll include that yummi extra-stuff :D
dirtmonkey 19th-Feb-2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Add grated apple to the batter.
calabaza_azul 20th-Feb-2011 12:50 am (UTC)
that would be soooo good! I love apples! thanks!! :D
fifthrow 19th-Feb-2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
this post is hilarious. you poor thing. One little error in clarification and having to explain like NINE TIMES xxxxxx
calabaza_azul 20th-Feb-2011 12:53 am (UTC)
yeah.. I felt I was at the supreme court or something :$ but I learned my lesson!! I'll explain myself a lot lot lot better next time *blushes*

thank you for your support :D xoxo!
resin_ga_miteru 20th-Feb-2011 06:06 am (UTC)
That would not have happened if the replies weren't screened and people could see the replies before they posted.
calabaza_azul 20th-Feb-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah I didn't know what I did to choose that option. I always use semajic to post and this time I used the livejournal page and I was like what :? but thank you for pointing something different :)
barrelofrain 21st-Feb-2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I got the Baked Explorations books for Christmas, and I'm planning to make their Carrot Coconut Scones with Citrus Glaze this week. I'll post about it when I can, since I usually make certain adaptations, but in the mean time, this recipe sounds pretty delicious. I'm not sure if it's the cream cheese frosting itself that you're avoiding, or a frosting/glaze entirely, but the citrus glaze sounds great to me!
calabaza_azul 21st-Feb-2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
that citrus glaze makes my mouth water! I totally would go for that! thank you for this lovely recipe :) I'll try it. ;D
Kristine Illsley 21st-Apr-2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Hi there. What about making a thick caramel sauce for a topping and putting toasted chopped walnuts and apricots on top afterwards. Or making an orange water icing with the zest and juice of an orange and confectioners sugar. If you dont want the fat you could use mascapone instead of cream cheese also.
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