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indian carrot cake gajar ka halwa cake with frosting

Gajar Ka Halwa Cake - Indian Carrot Cake

Shilpa Joshi
Indian carrot cake inspired by gajar ka halwa which is carrot halwa. Cake is loaded with cardamom, carrots, nuts and raisins. Topped with easy to make whipped cardamom cream cheese frosting.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine indian fusion
Servings 24 slices
Calories 227 kcal

Equipment

  • 9 inch cake pan or 2 8 in cake pans

Ingredients
  

Carrot Cake

  • cup shredded carrots 205 g
  • ½ cup roasted pistachios 60 g
  • ½ cup roasted cashews (unsalted) 60 g
  • 1 cup raisins 120 g
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple 227 g (adding pineapple does make it a denser cake with the added liquid, you can use half the amount as well)
  • 2 cup all purpose four 284 g
  • cup sugar 318 g
  • 2 tsp chai masala or skip and use 2 tsp cardamom powder total instead for more authentic gajar ka halwa based cake
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder 7 g
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup oil

Whipped Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese 1 block at room temperature
  • tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • tsp cardamom

Instructions
 

Gajar Ka Halwa - Indian Carrot Cake

  • Prep ingredients. Line pans with parchment paper and preheat to 350F. Combine milk of choice with vinegar.
    gajar ka halwa cake ingredients
  • Mix dry ingredients (sugar, flour, spices, salt) in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients in another bowl (oil, vanilla extract, milk with vinegar). Slowly add in the dry ingredients to combine with wet. Then, add in raisins, roasted nuts, carrots and crushed pineapple. Mix to combine, do not let stand very long as carrots will release excess moisture which will impact your bake.
    gajar ka halwa cake batter
  • Pour batter into parchment lined pan. I like to keep little handles of parchment to make it easier to lift, if needed. Bake for 1 hour- 1 hour 5 minutes if using 9 inch circle pan. About 35-40 minutes if using two 8 inch circle pans. Check with toothipick to ensure cooked. Time can vary.
    parchment lined pan with gajar ka halwa batter

Whipped Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese, salt, cardamom, vanilla and sugar together until combined.
    whipped cream cheese ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and you have whipped cream.
  • Add whipped cream in batches to the cream cheese mixture, folding it in to combine. Don't mix vigorously.
    whipped cream cheese frosting
  • Once combined and cake has cooled completey you can frost and serve. Top with chopped roasted pistachios for garnish.
    frosted gajar ka halwa cake

Notes

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Make sure cream cheese is at room temperature for frosting
As an option make some carrot halwa and add in between layers. Recipe for gajar ka halwa linked here

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 379IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gajar ka halwa cake, indian cake, indian carrot cake
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