Christmas carrot cake with ginger frosting

Total time: 1hr 30m
Preparation Time: 40m

For 16 piece

Nutritional Information

Contains 474 Kcal, 7g Protein, 32g Carbohydrates, 35g Fat


  • Pecan nuts
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 40 g sugar
  • a little sea salt
  • 50 g pecan nuts
  • Cake mixture
  • 250 g cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp plain greek yoghurt
  • 350 g carrots, finely grated
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • a little nutmeg
  • 300 g ground hazelnuts
  • 1 cm ginger, finely grated
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 70 g white flour
  • 4 egg white
  • Frosting
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 5 cm ginger, finely grated
  • 400 g double cream cheese (e.g. Philadelphia)
  • 120 g plain greek yoghurt
  • 200 g butter, soft
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • Utensils
  • For a spring form tin approx. 22 cm in diameter, greased

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  • Pecan nuts

    Boil the sugar and water in a pan without stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer, shaking the pan occasionally until a light brown caramel has formed. Remove the pan from the heat, add the nuts, mix, add salt to taste, divide onto a sheet of baking paper, allow to cool. Roughly chop the nuts.
  • Cake mixture

    Using the whisk on a hand mixer, beat the sugar, egg yolks, oil and yoghurt in a bowl for approx. 3 mins. until light and fluffy. Stir the carrots and all the other ingredients up to and including the nutmeg into the mixture. Combine the pecan nuts, hazelnuts, flour and baking powder, stir into the mixture. Beat the egg white with the salt until stiff, carefully fold into the mixture using a rubber spatula. Transfer the cake mixture to the prepared tin.
  • Bake

    For approx. 50 mins. in the bottom half of an oven preheated to 180°C. Remove from the oven, allow to cool a little, remove from the tin and leave to cool on a rack. Place the cake on a sheet of baking paper along with the rack and slice open crosswise.
  • Frosting

    Beat together the butter and icing sugar using the whisk attachment on a hand mixer until the mixture turns a paler colour. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Spoon 1/4 of the frosting onto the sponge base and place the lid on top. Coat the cake all around with another 1/4 of the frosting. Spoon the remaining frosting into a piping bag with a serrated nozzle (approx. 14 mm diameter). Pipe over the cake, place in the fridge for approx. 30 mins.

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