Ginger Chai Carrot Cake

Ginger Chai Carrot Cake

Perfect for your Easter baking, this cake combines crisp carrot and spicy-sweet candied ginger. Top with a confectioners’ sugar glaze, and you have a cake that’s just as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. Find more one-bowl baking wonders in our new One Bowl Baking Special Issue

Ginger Chai Carrot Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 cup (165 grams) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons (7.5 grams) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cardamom
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon (1 gram) ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄3 cup (75 grams) canola oil
  • 1⁄3 cup (80 grams) low-fat buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams), room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) can (227 grams) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups (198 grams) grated carrot
  • 1⁄2 cup (64 grams) golden raisins
  • 1⁄3 cup (57 grams) finely chopped candied ginger
  • Carrot Cake Glaze (recipe below)
  • Garnish: finely chopped candied ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and flour a 9-inch round tall-sided cake pan; line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Make a well in center of flour mixture; add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs, folding to combine. Fold in pineapple, carrot, raisins, and ginger. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack, and let cool completely. Drizzle cooled cake with Carrot Cake Glaze. Garnish with ginger, if desired.

Carrot Cake Glaze
Makes about 1⁄2 cup
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and cream. Use immediately.



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