Carrot cake has become a classic cake to make at home. To add a twist on this beloved treat, I decided to add in a layer of lemon curd. This version of carrot cake contains a rich and moist cake, with a slightly acid lemon curd to add some flavour and finally the whole thing is topped with two flavour frosting: vanilla and lemon.
Let's check out the recipe!
170 g sugar (3/4 cup)
200 g flour (1 2/3 cups)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
110 g sour cream (1/2 cup)
100 g oil (1/2 cup)
70 g pecans (2/3 cup)
300 g carrots ( 2 3/4 cups)
90 g applesauce (1/3 cup)
120 g lemon juice (1/2 cup)
65 g sugar (1/3 cup)
50 g heavy cream (4 tbsp)
1 tbsp agar agar
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbsp water
1 tbsp butter
250 g icing sugar (2 cups)
A pinch of salt
55g soft butter (1/4 cup)
113 g cream cheese (1/2 cup)
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
Yellow food colouring
Mix the wet ingredients together: sour cream, applesauce, oil and egg.
Mix the dry ingredients together: flour, sugar, pecans, baking soda, baking powder, spices, salt and carrots.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients until fully combined.
Preheat the oven at 180°C or 360 F and bake the cake for 40 min.
Let the cake cool then slice it in the middle.
Using an electric mixer whisk the butter until it becomes light in colour.
Add in the cream cheese and mix.
Add the icing sugar in two batches and mix.
Add the cornstarch and mix until it's all combined.
Split the frosting in two: add the lemon extract and yellow colour to the fist half, and add the vanilla extract.
Cover both frostings with cling wrap and let cool until the assembly part.
Mix the agar agar and sugar together.
Mix the cornstarch with the water
Add all the ingredients in a pot over a medium heat and keep stirring.
When the curd starts to boil remove from the stove. Pour on a plate and let cool for 30 minutes.
Place the lemon curd in a piping bag for the assembly.
Pipe a layer of lemon curd inside the cake.
Cover with the top cake layer.
Pipe some frosting on top (lemon and vanilla).