Classic Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting (红萝卜蛋糕)

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INTRODUCTION

I have prepared this carrot cake twice using two different recipes..

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The first recipe is from the net and it has the shape but i did not like the texture and I do not think my readers will like this type of dense texture.. It was very dense possibly because golden syrup was used and it took very long hours to bake and hence the crust is rather thick. Having said that, my family members still finished all possibly because of the delicious cream cheese frosting.

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Two days later that is today, i have decided to design a recipe of my own based on my carrot muffin recipe. In my humble opinion, it tastes much better and is very suitable for the cake. The only thing that can be further be improve is the doom shape of the cake. That possibly is due to my smaller pan used and I have to cut off the doom to level it. The cake is fluffier and overall, it just suits my taste buds,

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Therefore in this post, there are two sets of images but what I am sharing is my newer and better recipe. For traditional cake, I have opt to  use traditional rugged style of decoration and I never believed that it must be decorated with carrots made from fondant icing or butter cream.. By the same logic, is it not a sponge cake needs to be decorated using eggs or chocolate cake must be decorated with pieces of chocolate? Well, it is up to reader to decide but I have used some chopped pecan nuts for the topping which in my humble opinion is elegant and goes well with the cake.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare an 8” diameter cake

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  • 150 grams of melted butter or cooking cooking oil
  • 150 grams of carrots (shredded)
  • 150 grams of brown sugar
  • 100 grams of self raising flour
  • 100 grams of plain flour
  • 100 grams of chopped walnuts or pecan nuts
  • 50 grams of fresh milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon powder (optional)
  • 3 eggs

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  • 250 grams of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 50 grams of butter, at room temperature
  • 250 grams of icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice

  • Additional 1/2 cups of chopped pecan nuts or walnuts for decoration
  • Some additional mixed spices for decoration

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degree Celsius and lightly grease a 8” diameter round baking tin.

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  • Shred the carrots until fine and blend the pecan/walnuts until coarsely. Set aside.

  • In the bowl with shredded carrots, add the milk and lightly beaten eggs. Stir until well mixed. Add the brown sugar , stir until well combined.

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  • Sift in the dry ingredients (self raising flour, plain flour, cinnamon powder or mixed spices) into the wet ingredients bowl in three stages. Use a fork to swiftly and quickly fold it until well mixed. Transfer the batter to the lightly greased tin, level and bake in the pre-heat oven of 170 degree Celsius for about 45 minutes or when a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool the cake completely before proceeding to the next step.

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  • Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add softened butter, beat until well combined. Add icing sugar follow by the milk and lemon juice. Beat for 2-3 minutes until well mixed.

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  • Take out the cake and cut into two equal halves. If there is a doom on the cake, slice it off if preferred. Apply generously the cream cheese frosting on top and the side of the cake. Sprinkle some additional mixed spices and chopped pecans/walnuts before serving. If the frosting is too soft, chill in the fridge for 15 minutes before application.

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CONCLUSION

This is a much simpler recipe that yields better taste and texture than the first recipe that I try. If you are looking for a carrot cake recipe, you may want to consider this simple recipe.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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It Is Better To Be Late Than Never–Radish/Turnip/Carrot/Daikon Cake (腊味萝卜糕)

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UPDATED POST ON 7-11-2014

Today, I have prepared some radish cake but the simpler hawker version. As we all know, hawker version radish cake will not have anything fanciful… Just very simple radish, flour and seasoning.. I believed that is the most basic of this cake.

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There is no changes in the recipe.. Just ignore the meat portion and proceed the batter portion. Steam and deep fry or air fry.

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INTRODUCTION

Some families in Singapore and Malaysia do prepare this snack during Chinese New Year and is considered as it is considered as an auspicious dish. I should have prepared this earlier, during the Chinese New Year period, but I have hold it until today because my house is full of “foods” from Chinese New Year festival. However, I believed that it is better to be late than never. Radish cake is not a difficult cake to prepare. In fact, it is very easy as you shall read in the instructions.

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As inferred from its name, the main ingredient is radish (or colloquially know as white carrot). It is also called turnip cake. Rice flour is added to bind the ingredients together. In order to have a better binding, a small quantity of corn starch or 澄粉 are added.

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There are many types of radish cakes and this post is sharing a Hong Kong version of radish cake, the type of radish cake that have minced meat, Chinese sausages, mushrooms, dry shrimps and etc. Unlike the Singaporean and Malaysian version of radish cake, the radish cake in Singapore and Malaysia are mostly plain (with only radish and flour) and usually served by stir frying with dried radish (菜脯 or cai poh), eggs and spring onions. Another type of serving is to stir fry the plain radish cake with black sweet dark soya sauce and dried radish.

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This radish cake is flavourful. It is considered as a complete cake after steaming. However, in order to make it more aromatic, at times, the cake was cut into thin slices, coat with eggs and shallow fry before servings. 

As per Wikipedia:

“Turnip cake (simplified Chinese: 萝卜糕; traditional Chinese: 蘿蔔糕; Jyutping: lo4 baak6 gou1) is a Chinese dim sum dish made of shredded radish (typically Chinese radish or daikon) and plain rice flour. The less commonly used daikon cake is a more accurate name, in that Western-style turnips are not used in the dish; it is sometimes also referred to as radish cake, and is traditionally called carrot cake in Singapore. It is commonly served in Cantonese yum cha and is usually cut into square-shaped slices and sometimes pan-fried before serving. Each pan-fried cake has a thin crunchy layer on the outside from frying, and soft on the inside. The non-fried version is soft overall. It is one of the standard dishes found in the dim sum cuisine of Hong Kong, China, and overseas Chinatown restaurants. It is also commonly eaten during Chinese New Year, since radish (菜頭, chhài-thâu) is a homophone for “good fortune” (好彩頭, hó-chhái-thâu) in Hokkien. In Taiwan, turnip cake is also commonly eaten as part of a breakfast.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnip_cake)

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For this illustration, since a lot of families have a lot of pork jerky left (bak kwa) from the Chinese New Year festivals, I have replaced half of the Chinese sausages quantity with the Chinese pork jerky. The taste is equally delicious. I  have also coated the radish cakes with eggs and also stir fry in a way that was commonly sold in the Singaporean and Malaysian hawker centre.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Lok Bak Ko

Servings: A 10 inches diameter round steaming tin (at least 10-15 person)

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  • 1/4 cup of Chinese sausages (腊肠) (into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of Chinese pork jerky (肉干)(into small pieces) *
  • 1/8 cup of red carrot (julienned) (红萝卜) – for colouring *
  • 1/4 cup of minced meat (肉碎) *
  • 1/4 cup of winter mushroom (冬菇)(soaked and into small pieces)*
  • 1/8 cup of baby shrimps or dried shrimps (虾米)(soaked and pound)
  • 1/8 cup of white end of spring onion (or garlics) (青葱) (cut into small pieces)
  • Some green end of spring onion (青葱)
  • Some red chilli (cut into small pieces) (红辣椒)*

* Optional. For Chinese sausage and pork jerky, it is substitutable.

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  • 500 grams of daikon  (白萝卜)or radish julienned into thin and small pieces
  • 400 grams of rice flour (粘米粉)
  • 50 grams of corn starch /wheat starch(澄粉 或 玉米粉) 
  • 2 teaspoons of white pepper (胡椒粉)
  • 2 big tablespoons of chicken stock  (鸡精块)(or 2 cubes of chicken stock) – or other types of seasonings preferred
  • 1200 ml of water (清水)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Pour the water into a big mixing bowl. Add chicken stock or chicken cubes. I have used one tablespoon of liquid chicken stock and another one cube of solid chicken stock.. Stir until dissolved. Set aside. In another big bowl, put rice flour, corn starch and 1 teaspoon of white pepper. Make a well in the centre. Pour the chicken stock into the flour, stir using a hand whisk until well mixed. Set aside.

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  • Lightly greased your preferred tin for steaming. As an extra precaution, I have put a piece of baking paper to facilitate unmoulding. In a frying pan, sauté the white portion of spring onion until fragrant.

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  • Add in the ingredients in this order : white pepper, mushrooms, baby shrimps/pounded dried shrimps, minced meat, red carrot. Stir fry until fragrant. Add in the julienned radish. Stir fry until well mixed.

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  • Add in the rice flour solution prepared earlier. Stir fry until well combined and the rice solution starts to thicken. It is considered as ready when you can put a spoon upright in the centre of the mixture. Be extra careful as the thickening of rice flour can be rather fast. Transfer the half cooked batter to the steaming tin. Press it as compact as possible and avoid trapping of air. Steam in a steamer for at least 45 minutes to one hour or when a skewer inserter into the steamed cake comes out cleaned. The batter will solidify when fully cooked though it can be still soft in the centre.

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Stir Frying the Carrot Cake

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  • Let it cooled completely before cutting into small pieces. It may not be easy to cut as the middle may still a bit soft. Therefore, it is best to leave it overnight in the fridge. For this illustration, I have cut it after 4 hours after preparation, it is still a bit soft and I have decided to coat it with eggs before shallow frying. It will give an extra aroma and also  facilitate the pan frying.

  • Crack some eggs, coat the radish cake in the egg mixture. Shallow pan fry until the eggs are set. Drained the oil and serve it with chilli sauce or sambal belachan. As an alternative, you can just stir fry a piece of carrot cake with some cooking oil, make it into smaller pieces, add in some dried radish (菜脯),crack some eggs, stir fried until the eggs is set. Add in some chopped spring onions and it will become a hawker style of stir fried radish cake.

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CONCLUSION

Do give it a try. You will be surprised how the pork jerky complement the taste of the radish cake. Of course, don’t specially go and buy pork jerky for the dish, almost all the side ingredients are optional and substitutable. What I am showing is the method of preparation and what is most important is the type of flour used and the ratio of water to flour.. All others is up to individual readers to explore and come out one that suit your family’s taste buds.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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