|Easter Bird's Nest Cake - Eggless Carrot cake recipe|
The Bible says in John 15:13 ~ "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends".
What a beautiful and wonderful Savior is He that He would lay down His life for each one of us.
Easter is also known for bunnies and eggs, many people organize events for kids like egg hunting and sharing treats and so on. The whole theme was to involve kids and make the easter message more understandable for them. Bunnies representing joyfulness and eggs for new life. Usually I made a good spread of food for my family but this year I had no plans since we had decided to eat out and hence I wanted to satisfy the cook in me and ended up making this eggless carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and themed it like a bird's nest. I wanted to combine carrots, eggs and bird all in one cake. Its such an easy to make cake, whether its easter or not you can make this cake in no time and enjoy.
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For the sponge
Recipe Source - adapted from here
Prep time - 10 mins
Bake time - 25-30 mins
Serves - 4-6 pieces
All purpose flour/ maida (unbleached) - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder - 2 pinches (don't add more its very strong taste)
Curd / yogurt - 3/4 cup ( in room temperature)
Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup ( I used organic & powdered it)
Oil - 1/4 cup
Milk - 2.5 tbsp
Grated carrots - 3/4 cup
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C/ 350 F and grease a 4" cake pan with butter & flour or cooking spray set aside. Grade carrot and set aside.
2.In a large bowl combine sugar, oil, curd, milk, vanilla and mix together using a handheld whisk to come together. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved.
3. In a small bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix to combine.
4. Add the flour mixture to the curd mixture and mix little by little until the traces of flour is not seen in the cake batter. Make sure there are no lumps.
5. Add in the shredded carrot and fold until its evenly distributed in the batter.
6. Tip the batter to the greased cake pan and bake in center of oven for 25-30 minutes, start checking the cake after 25 minutes by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. It must come clean if there is traces of batter make sure to bake for few more minutes.
7. Once down switch off the oven and remove the cake pan from the oven and rest on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
8. Remove the cake from the pan and let it sit in the cooling rack until it comes to room temperature.
9. You an also freeze the cake for 15-20 minutes before frosting.
For the Frosting
VANILLA BEAN CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Cream cheese - 1/2 cup (slightly chilled)
Unsalted butter - 4 tbsp (room temperature)
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup (Adjust according to sweetness)
Vanilla bean paste - 1-2 tsp
In a bowl whisk the butter and cream cheese until creamy, now add in the powdered sugar and vanilla paste combine well. Freeze for 15 minutes before frosting.
Jelly bean eggs - handful
Desiccated coconut - 1/4 cup
Green food color - few drops
Bird - to decorate (i got it from dollar shop)
Take the desiccated coconut in a bowl and add the food color mix the color into the desiccated coconut and set aside. Once the cake is cool, add the frosting, sprinkle the coconut flakes, add the bird and the eggs and chill the cake for 15 minutes to set. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
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1. I did not use nuts in the carrot cake, but feel free to add chopped walnuts or pecans, they do so well with carrot cake.
2. You can flavor the cream cheese with strawberry, almond or caramel flavors, but I used vanilla bean for a subtle richness.
3. I used canola oil to make this cake, you can use vegetable oil or olive oil too.
4. I added only 3/4 cup of shredded carrot you can add 1 cup of shredded carrots.
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