Thursday, May 14, 2009

Microwave Carrot cake

Have you tasted microwave cakes yet? You will see that cakes cooked in the microwave turn out to be very light and delicate with a tender crumb.
It also takes a fraction of the time one would normally allow for traditional baking oven. The recipes are so easy that children enjoy making no bake cakes as well as adults because it's literally as easy as mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl and putting them inside a microwavable dish.
All the tortes, gateax, chocolate cakes and family cakes that you can think of, do work with your microwave.
The answer to all microwaved cakes is to camouflage their pale tops with frostings or icing. I personally do not like frosting and do not encourage my grandchildren to have it, that's why i do not frost unless the cakes are for celebrating. I have included the Cream Cheese Frosting which goes very well with this Carrot Cake. If you have a sweet tooth or need to make this cake more appealling, do frost it.

2 cups finely shredded carrots
½ cup toasted walnut pieces
½ cup chopped dates
1/2 cup brown sugar (3/4 cups for friends who are at sea-level)
2 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cold milk
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (3/4 tsp for friends who are at sea-level)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp mixed (apple- pie) spice


Butter and flour a 9-inch round and 3-inch deep microwave-safe cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.

Put the carrots, dates and roasted chopped walnuts into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process for 5 seconds or pass through the sieve. Add this mixture to the carrots mixture and toss until they are well-coated with the flour.

In the bowl of the food processor combine the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and milk. With the processor still running drizzle in the vegetable oil. (no food processor, no problem, mix by hand)
Pour this mixture into the carrot mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake microwave on high for 8 minutes, turning cake pan around three times. Allow to stand for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack. (microwave wattage - 900 watts)

Invert on to a plate when cooled completely. Remove the paper.

Frost with cream cheese frosting after cake has cooled completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ozs cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter on medium just until blended.
Add the vanilla, lemon juice and beat until combined. With the speed on low, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Place the frosting in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes before using.



Little Corner of Mine said...

I don't frost my cake too so this look good to me. It looks like some of your carrot cake recipe is missing.

Cindy Khor said...

that's interesting, baking cakes in oven. the 1st i had ever heard of. but it really looks good.

Ube said...

Thanks for trailblazing microwave baking cake and sharing. It is a neat idea especially in hot summer months where it goes as high as 102degress where I live. Now, I can enjoy my carrot cake even in hot summer months.

Mary said...

Thanks, Lily. I use my microwave for lots of things, but I've never though to do a cake. Hummm!

**忻忻妈咪** said...

Hi Lily, can I use steamer instead of microwaive to steam the cake? This cake really look nice, I wanna try to do it

lilyng said...

little corner of mine,

which carrot cake recipe is missing?

lilyng said...


yes, you can steam or bake, it will take a little longer that's all

Kawaii ^^ (My long-lost IRC nick) said...

Hello lily, I am trying to make this. Getting very confused for the Mixed (apple-pie) spice, lol. Is this recipe suitable for a noob to try in the first place? =p

Anyway, I couldn't find any mixed apple pie spice in the supermarket today, but from the net, I found the recipe for it (@

I found the one called "mixed spice" in the supermarket, but it only contains cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice, without any indication of how much of each ingredients is in. I am not sure to buy cloves or ginger to complete it.

What should I do?

lilyng said...


do not let 1 tsp of mixed spices prevent you from baking this recipe. just use 1 tsp cinnamon and it will be just as tasty

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