Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Whether you love to bake or have just watched too much Bake Off, Paul Hollywood is likely a household name for you. And of course, that means that you'll need to try all of his recipes ( like his croissants ). Not only are they usually simple staples, but they're delicious . Now, I have a soft spot for carrot cake, so this is going to be a fun one.
Okay, this one is an easy recipe, don't get me wrong. But my inner professional says that there has to be more to this. So if you want something that's a bit more than your usual, everyday carrot cake, stick around to the end. I've got a nice little twist coming your way that I think you'll enjoy.
Now, onto the recipe!
As always, the first thing you'll want to do is prepare. This will make your life drastically easier, both with difficult and easy recipes like this one. To make Paul Hollywood's carrot cake, you'll need:
For the cake:
For the icing:
For the orange garnish:
Now, onto the baking!
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All that's left is to ice and garnish your cake with your poor man's candied orange! But what if that feels too... basic? I've got good news for you - there's a twist that'll drastically elevate this recipe with a few simple steps.
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For this twist, we're leaving the cake alone - Paul is a king amongst men when it comes to cakes. I just feel like his icing and garnish leave a bit to be desired. This icing is going to be slightly different than you're used to on a carrot cake, but trust me here - it's deliciously thick, yet fluffy at the same time.
To make the special icing, you'll need the following:
For the garnish, you'll need:
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Making the icing is simple. Do the following:
To make the garnish, we're going to candy a few things. First, the oranges.
Now, the walnuts:
As a note, you can adjust this recipe with more or fewer nuts to taste by simply making less syrup. Remember - 1:1 sugar to water ratio.
Now, the fun part! Remove your candied orange and nuts from the freezer.
Combine 2/3 of each with your cardamom and coffee grounds in a blender. Blitz until it's formed fine dust. Sprinkle the dust and remaining candied peel and nuts on top of the frosting.
Now eat that bad boy!
This is a simple recipe that turns complicated if you want a truly delicious garnish and icing. While the traditional cream cheese frosting is delicious, ricotta provides more flavour and a lighter, airier frosting. Add in the (actually candied) peel and nuts, and you're going to be in heaven.
The addition of a little bit of coffee and spices knocks this recipe up into the highest tier of quality imaginable. While the coffee, orange, and nuts may seem like an odd combination, they're absolutely delicious when paired with the spiced, light carrot cake that Paul saw fit to gift us. Now dig in!
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