Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Icing

...or should I call it 'blackmail cake'. Why you ask? Well, because I have received a blackmail threat from someone. If I don't bake carrot cake, a certain email will be sent to certain someone about a certain discussion that never happened but would still cost me my dignity and reputation. Not that I have any of those left to be honest.

After several weeks of harassment, I finally gave in to the threat and I baked this carrot cake with vanilla mascarpone icing. I absolutely love how light this cake is and I always love a bit of citrus with carrot cake. Though I often go with orange when baking carrot cake, I happened to have some lemons at home and it worked just as delicious, if not more I say. I have tried it with limes too and it's really good.

Instead of the usual super sweet cream cheese frosting, I opted for mascarpone and vanilla seed icing which is utterly delicious. And because mascarpone cheese is less tangy than cream cheese, it doesn't need as much sugar which is always good. But do as you please, obviously.

The blackmailer was well happy and satisfied and now demanded a pecan pie... *sigh...

Carrot Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Icing
Recipe by Me
Makes 16 slices

For the cake
175 gr golden caster sugar
150 ml olive oil (the regular stuff, not extra virgin)
2 eggs
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200 gr coarsely grated carrots
200 gr self-raising flour
1 tablespoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the icing
250 gr mascarpone
250 ml double cream
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or use the seed from 1 vanilla pod
3 tablespoons icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180 C and lightly grease and line the base of a 23 cm square tin with baking parchment.

In a bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon zest until smooth. Add the grated carrots and mix well. Sift the dry ingredients over the bowl and stir together gently. Pour the cake mixture to the tin and spread evenly and then bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until nicely risen, golden and springy to the touch. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

Make the icing by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Make sure the cake has cooled completely before you begin to ice. Roughly ice the cooled cake, nothing too smooth and cut into slices as you desire.


  1. Either you pay my way to come to your country or I will cook more Spam.

  2. This looks excellent - there goes new year restraint and low-fat eating. Always difficult knowing how to deal with blackmail but then who needs dignity?

  3. lol.. it's hard to please our fans all the time, isn't it?
    I may have to start blackmailing you too, if you keep making things like this. You can ship to the great USA, right? :)

  4. stunning icing!... and if they don't love you... f**k 'em!!

  5. To think that this yummy carrot cake would be loaded with butter, and surprisingly with olive oil, instead...now, I'm more excited to make this amazing cake, and not feel guilty about having a slice. Also, the mascarpone/whipped cream frosing is heavenly! What a switch from the old fashioned cream cheese frosting.
    Absolutely loving this cake, Michael. Bookmarking it right now, to want to make it:DDD

  6. Wow Michael, your carrot cake looks fantastic...and I love the mascarpone cheese icing...will have to try this out.
    Now I look forward to the pecan pie :)

  7. I am drooling at the mascarpone icing...this is super rich and luscious carrot cake!

  8. I love this icing!

    I don't love blackmail but if that's what it takes to get a cake like this, I'll look the other way.

  9. Lemon is a wonderful addition to carrot cake! And your thick layer of frosting has me drooling at my computer. What a lovely cake; blackmail or no.

  10. Me and a friend try this just today, and it taste brilliant! Thanks for the recipe, Michael! :D

    1. Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed the cake. Delicious, isn't it? :)
      Hope you are doing well.