5 Ways to Elevate a Classic Carrot Cake Recipe
When it comes to Spring time desserts and Easter Brunch- nothing beats a classic carrot cake! Our Carrot Cake has quickly become one of the most requested cakes and I’m going to share a few simple ways that you can elevate a classic carrot cake recipe so that you can impress your guests!
Easter is going to look different for most of us this year. But that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating over Easter Brunch with cake! Last weekend- we hosted our very first FREE Bake Along on Instagram Live. I shared my Carrot Cake Recipe and cake baking tips with my Instagram family (if you missed it- you can find the step by step video here on IGTV). I had the BEST time! We drank spicy margaritas and made our highly requested Carrot Cake! Didn’t snag the recipe? There is still time! Fill out the form below and we will deliver to your inbox!
We are continuing the Bake Along April 11th at 11am PT and you are invited! I will be teaching how to frost, fill and stack cake layers (pictured here). If you are interested in learning how to make a layered cake- this is a completely FREE online tutorial. We would love to see you there! Or just pop on and say hello- I love meeting new faces and let’s be honest, were all craving community right about now.
5 Easy Ways to Elevate your Classic Carrot Cake Recipe
- Swap out the Vegetable oil for Grapeseed Oil– Grapeseed oil has a neutral taste and smell compared to Canola or Vegetable oil which makes this the perfect alternative in cake! It gets the job done with adding moisture without adding icky flavor.
- Opt for Freshly shredded/grated (organic, if possible) Carrots vs. the pre-shredded bagged carrots at the store. Freshly shredded carrots yields more moisture and sugars and this will ensure the carrots aren’t too big and thick like the pre-shredded bags.
- Try Browned Butter Frosting! This tip Is a game changer, In my book. If you eat carrot cake for the cream cheese frosting- you still can! Brown your butter on the stove top, let it solidify, and cream with the sugar and cream cheese. It brings out a whole new depth of flavor! Sometimes we even like to add a little bit of homemade salted caramel sauce in between cake layers.
- Spice it up! Classic Carrot Cake always has cinnamon. We had a pinch of nutmeg and ginger (or just add pumpkin pie spice!) as it compliments the cinnamon and gives the cake a nice kick of flavor!
- Top with fresh florals- decorating a cake doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Bake thin layers and add dollops of frosting (kids love helping with this step!) and top with fresh spring florals or seasonal berries! Tip on adding florals to a cake- use a large milkshake straw, cut to the height of the cake and insert where you would like to place the florals. Insert florals directly into the straw- now they aren’t touching the cake!
Wishing you all a lovely Easter with your families. Happy Baking!
Photography by: Bailey Michelle Photography