Dense, moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is an American classic that was invented in the 1970s and remains popular forty years later.

ChefSteps Team
November 11, 2014

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Dense, moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is an American classic that was invented in the 1970s and remains popular forty years later. We've re-imagined this dessert in a way much like the difference between traditional chocolate cake and flourless chocolate cake. Omitting the flour, which, incidentally makes the cake gluten-free, emphasizes a custardy texture that still has a cake-like quality, and a pronounced roasted carrot flavor. The secret to this flavor is the addition of a small amount of baking soda to the carrots during the pressure-roasting step, which increases the pH and encourages browning. The layered cream cheese frosting is soft and far less sweet than most conventional carrot cakes. 

Equipment: Pressure cooker, fine mesh sieve, immersion circulator, petty knife, offset spatula, acetate paper, ring mold, silicone baking mat

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