SUNDAY’S CAKE

03/24/2014

Flourless Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

You will need:

4 eggs, separated
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
Zest of one medium orange
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large carrots, finely grated (about 2 cups grated carrots)
1 and 3/4 cups almond flour

For the Mascarpone Frosting:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tub (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 inch springform pan with butter and dust with flour, set the pan aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed until soft peaks form. Add the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks have formed. Set the bowl aside.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Beat at medium to high speed until all combined and light in color. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the 2 cups of grated carrots and one third of the egg white mixture. Fold everything together until all ingredients are combined. Fold in the remaining egg whites along with the almond flour and continue to fold until everything is incorporated.

Pour the cake batter into prepared springform pan. Bake the cake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. You will know the cake is finished once the sides pull away from the pan and once a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let it cool completely before you top it with the frosting.

While you’re waiting for the cake to cool, prepare the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, combine room temperature mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar. Beat together until smooth in consistency. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. Continue to fold everything together until everything is incorporated.

Spread your frosting on top of the cooled cake. Feel free to eat as is or garnish with chopped almonds, leftover grated carrots or some more orange zest. Enjoy!

Recipe found here.

32 comments

  • Ania

    Looks delicious. I love carrot cakes. I might try this recipe soon ;)

  • Annelie

    Hi!

    Nice cake. I´ve just put sugar and butter in a bowl. Soon I´m going to make a vanilla-blueberry pie. I´ve dreamed over week of it.

  • Danielle

    Oh, yum. Carrot cake is one of my all-time favorites.

  • Maz

    Sounds and looks marvellous. My husband loves carrot cake and I plan to bake one for him and this is just perfect! I was wondering if I could replace cinnamon with a different type of spice? He doesn’t like cinnamon at all. I am unsure of another alternative, although, maybe I could try adding a bit of black pepper? Oh well.

  • Cathryn

    This looks amazing. Carrot cake is my favourite! :)

  • LiLi

    *drools. I have been craving cake for days. I have to try this. Asap!

  • April

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’m not much of a cake person (mainly due to the flour) so I can’t wait to give this a try.
    Have a lovely week!

  • Tina

    fdskfjdks That looks SO GOOD

  • Chloe Gordon

    my mom recently made a carrot cake and it was surprisingly really (really, really) good! i can’t wait to try out this recipe!
    xox
    chloe
    http://popcosmo.com

  • Rebecca

    my goodness… this looks devine! I am a carrot cake lover and flourless? even better. Looks great and I hope your family enjoyed it :)

    http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.çom
    x

  • Emily

    This looks great! My mother recently decided to cut down significantly on wheat and coincidentally carrot cake is one of her favourites. I’ll have to make this for her! x

  • Cristina

    Pinning to try this later. I’ve been trying out new recipes that I can use for breakfast and I think this could work! Without the icing, though. ;)

  • Shenaye Thomas

    This cake looks delicious! And the fact that its flour-less makes my gluten free tummy happy!

  • Cristina

    Uhmmm…love carrot cakes! This one looks yummy, thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica (bakecetera)

    it will be ages before i have kids, but i will definitely do a version of this tradition that you have started with your family. i think it is a beautiful and dynamic way to get children involved with the kitchen. i love this cake and i adore your blog!

  • Kristen

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing:) Can’t wait to try it and let you know how it turned out!

  • nikki

    yumm!! this looks great!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Taylor

    I love the use of mascarpone frosting instead of a cream cheese frosting; so much more elegant and yummy!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • jac

    this sounds so amazing! carrot cake is my very favorite, but i never thought of Mascarpone frosting. can’t wait to try this!
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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