Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Request~ A Very Different and Delicious Carrot Cake~

One of my favorite cookies.. I did not have time to make some..but I had some on hand..just what this recipe calls for~

It's not your usual carrot cake..It's lighter..and I must say although our other versions are delicious..I have taken a fancy to this lighter one~

My neighbor went to a Maria Class..you may remember the Cookbook I keep applauding:) And the class I took..This is not in her cookbook but was made at the class my neighbor went to..She kindly shared it w/ me and it was the dessert along with the sugar pie at Easter~

It is served with an Amaretto infused Whipped Cream~
La Recette~

For the Cake~
6 large eggs separated
200 gr granulated sugar
225 gr ground almonds
1 pck vanilla powder(I used the sugar)
225 gr shredded carrots..squeezed dry
1 1/2 tbs dark rum
30 gr ground amaretti cookies

For the topping~
1/3 cups almond flakes
2 tbsps coarse sugar cane
1 tbsp icing sugar for dusting..

Preheat oven to 350..Butter a 10 inch springorm pan ..sides also..place a parchment paper on bottom and butter that as well.

In a bowl of a stand up mixer.. beat the yolks with the sugar until thick and pale yellow..add the almonds..vanilla ,carrots and rum and mix until well combined.
Stir in amaretti cookies..

Whip your egg whites until stiff glossy but not dry peaks form.. fold into batter in 2 separate times..
Pour the batter in prepared pan..spread evenly..top w/ almonds and sugar.
Bake 40-45 mins until a toothpick comes out clean.Cool on wire rack 10 mins(I waited lonegr) peel of parchment and put on serving platter..Dust lightly w/ icing sugar and serve w/ vanilla ice cream or almond flavored ice cream..Or lightly sweetened whipped cream that is amaretto scented~

Bravo Maria..This is exquisite and thank you dear neighbor~


  1. Monique, I have not been able to find those cookies but once since we moved here- and then the store never has them again! Lovely cake. I'm printing this out
    xoxo Pattie

  2. I love amaretti!Sounds good the combination between carrots and amaretti!I'll try this for sure.

  3. This is a great idea... is it like a light carrot cake? That is always my problem with them... they are like death stars with so much oil! This looks like air and light!

  4. I love the presentation. The sugar sprinkles on top make it look very put together. Beats any carrot cake with frosting on top. Thanks.
    By the way, your blog is just beautiful.

  5. Carrot cake has always been a favorite, but I haven't had it in a while. Maybe it was the heaviness I was avoiding. I am definitely trying this...sounds like the best of both worlds....and with the amaretti cookies...OMG!

    Thanks...hope you had a great Easter!


  6. This looks fabulous Monique...
    I can taste it right through the screen!

  7. Lovely! I will definitely do this recipe. I, like Allie and Pattie, have had trouble finding the cookies even in the Chicago area. Imagine my surprise at T. J. Maxx last week when I found a box of them on the markdown aisle for $1.00. I scoured the aisles for more but that was it. So, I have some on hand for your carrot cake. Thank you!


  8. I love the sugar topping. You can tell just from the picture that the cake is light.

  9. Bonjour Monique, c'est un gâteau aux carottes très classe, lol!
    Je me serais régaler, moelleux comme il est, miam!!

    Passe une belle journée.

  10. It looks so unique Monique! I will try this one day and take a picture and send it to you. I love the addition of almonds.

  11. Beautiful photo, and I am sure it is quite delectable. I always seem to like things as dense as a brick.

  12. A seriously beautiful and delicious-sounding recipe! I would love to try this.

    I am finally starting to get my head above water after the busy weekend ;)

  13. I like the sound of a lighter carrot cake. I must give this one a try. Looks delicious and, as usual, beautifully presented!

  14. A lighter carrot cake!! Mmm, that sounds so good! I am bookmarking it for later!

  15. Hi,
    I am from Australia and do not know what 1 pck vanilla powder is. Could you please tell me what it is exactly and how many grams are in a packet?
    Oh, I also adore your blog...truly beautiful, as well as sensational recipes.
    Thank you for sharing your life and love of cooking with the world.
    Warm regards from Australia,

  16. Nana, I would prefer a lighter version too. But I would have problems eating the cake because I would be feasting on that amaretto infused whipped cream first! Lovely photos, as always!

  17. David loves carrot cake...
    so ...of course must give this a whirl.
    it's very pretty too!
    I on the other hand was more taken in with the Amaretto laced whipped cream!!!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  18. il est magnificue ton gâteau, je connais très bien les petits gâteaux intalians;)

    Très bonne journée

  19. This is beautiful. I love the idea of using amaretti. I can taste it right now.

  20. Well I can vouch for the talents of the author.. she's one of a kind~Everything always fresh and beautiful..

    Re Vanilla powder..I used Vanilla Sugar..

    You can see it here..


    The one she recommends in the recipe is a different brand from Little Italy..Vanilla sugar is very easy to make I keep some on hand.. but as I was reading the recipe and she mentioned 1 packet..I had one and it was easier than seeing how much an envelope contained.

    She also says in her notes you could use real vanilla.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
    Thank you.

    I have seen Amaretti in the states at a Homegoods..It's true..You got a great buy for yours!

    Amaretti are fun and delicious to make..

    You can see the recipe I used here..


  21. Cara Monique,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Neighbours are precious. Yours must be a darling. Now it is our turn to enjoy. Delicious pics - as usual! Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

  22. Sounds like an amazing cake ! One reason I don't make carrot cake more often is I don't care for dense cakes and this one with the eggs separated and the taste of amarettis sounds heavenly! I am bookmarking it! thanks

  23. Looks delicious Monique...and so beautifully presented! I have not yet made you sugar pie...there were just too many easter eating going around...but I am still planning to! These cookies look so beautiful too.
    Ronelle xx

  24. Monique- thank you for being so sweet! I'm 50 :)- and my eldest son just turned 33

  25. It looks very nice and light..like a coffee cake..
    Hope you and the bunnies had fun!

  26. what a groegous cake I love the presenation...


  27. Ethereal~ a lighter Carrot Cake? Oh, we would LOVE this version, I'm sure... and with the almonds? What a heavenly combination.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe ~ it's going on the "must make" list.

  28. Monique, thank you for sharing this recipe. I love anything with almonds. Can't wait to try this carrot cake.

  29. Monique, this is the best carrot cake I've seen for a while! I love that it is lighter and love the Amaretto cookies in it. I'll bet it does taste fantastic! Wonderful recipe!

  30. Monique, you've done it again. This is gorgeous. I love the tiny pansy with the whipped cream. We're off to Italy in a couple of weeks and I can stock up on the cookies there so that when I get back home I can make this gorgeous cake.

    Thanks for the recipe and the photos!

  31. Anything with Almonds, Amaretti and Amaretto I can't pass up.
    And the sweet little violet on the whipped cream? What can I say? Well Done!

  32. This carrot cakes sounds delicious, will definitely be trying this one out. I found your beuatiful blog via a comment you left on Yvonne's Stone Gable House.
    I'll be following along and will be back soon.
    Happy Sunday to you,