This is becoming a bit of a feature here on Every Nook & Cranny – mini cakes, just enough for one serving. Admittedly a generous serving but is there any other way to enjoy a treat but generously? First, there was the Chocolate Pecan Cake for One, then to ensure the vanilla lovers of the world were catered for too, along came the Vanilla Jam Swirl Cake for One.
If you have two 250ml sized ramekins, you can make yourself one itty bitty little cake, no special equipment required. It’s so much fun and I am getting such great feedback about them (not to mention demands from friends to make them for them!).
Carrot cake may be my favourite cake in the whole wide world (especially this one) so it was inevitable that I miniaturised it and created my latest recipe – Carrot Cake for One.
I’m a huge fan of any cake with spices in it and of all the frostings, cream cheese frosting is the best (if you agree, you have to try my Homemade Cinnabons). My recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spice is at the end of this post if you need to whisk up your own. Carrot cake is perfection to me as it’s sweetness comes from the carrots themselves, the warming spice mix and for me, the addition of orange.
Also, in this wee itty bitty cake, I’ve omitted extra added sugar altogether and used chopped dates in their place. Now, I am no fad dieter but having tried this with sugar (albeit it the unrefined coconut blossom sugar) and the cake was undoubtedly better for the naturally treacly flavour they bring to the party. Not to mention that glorious cream cheese frosting sweetened with maple syrup! I also see carrot cake as an excuse to indulge my love of pecans and pistachios which make up a good proportion of this sweet little cake.
P.s. with regard to how many carrots you need – I look for the smallest one in the bag, usually around 4-5 inches long and quite slender in width. And I tend to measure it by lightly packing it into my 2 tbsp coffee scoop three times.