Easter is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about what sweet treats to make for the holiday. Carrot cake has always been a classic Easter dessert, and this year, why not try taking it up a notch by using the world’s best sugar – Pirouette’s Mauritius Muscovado? Our truly unrefined sugar from Mauritius offers a more complex and richer flavour profile compared to traditional refined sugars, making it the perfect addition to your Easter baking.
A popular dessert for centuries, the first recorded recipe of Carrot Cake dates to the 1800s. It's thought to have originated in Western Europe, where carrots were often used as a substitute for sugar during times of sugar shortages. Today, carrot cake is enjoyed all over the world, and it has become a popular dessert for Easter. It’s a cake that’s enjoyed year-long but specifically most popular around Easter. The tradition of celebrating Easter with some Carrot Cake comes from the fact that carrots are in season during the springtime, and Easter marks the start of the growing season for many fruits and vegetables. Additionally, carrots are a symbol of new life and rebirth, which makes them a fitting ingredient for a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Muscovado sugar is a type of brown sugar that's unrefined and has been created with a view to lock in rather than refine the goodness of molasses. This gives it a unique flavour that's slightly more intense, with notes of caramel and toffee. Apart from the flavour, it’s soft and sticky, holding more moisture, which makes it perfect for baking softer and fluffier cakes. Our Light Muscovado has a lower amount of Muscovado than Dark Muscovado or Dark Brown Soft sugar, and we recommend it for this recipe because we want the sugar to enhance the flavour of the carrots and not overshadow it.
Using Pirouette Light Muscovado sugar in your carrot cake recipe will add a depth of flavour that regular sugar just can't match. It pairs perfectly with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and complements the sweetness of the carrots and cream cheese frosting.
Not only does use Pirouette Light Muscovado sugar add flavour, but it also offers some health benefits. Unlike refined sugars that are stripped of their natural nutrients, our unrefined sugar retains more of its natural minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients. This means you can feel good about what you're putting in your body while still enjoying a delicious treat.
Pirouette sugars are also sustainably produced, making it an environmentally conscious choice for your baking needs. By using our sugar, you can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint and supporting sustainable agriculture.
So why not try making your Easter carrot cake with Pirouette Muscovado sugar this year? We've got the perfect recipe to get you started, and we're sure it will be a hit with your family and friends.
"Indulge in a guilt-free Easter treat with our Pirouette Muscovado Sugar Carrot Cakes. These moist and flavorful carrot cakes are sweetened with the richness of Pirouette Muscovado Sugar, adding a delightful depth of flavor. Topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting, these carrot cakes are the perfect combination of indulgence and healthier baking."
To start, preheat your oven to 180°C and grease a 6-inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, Pirouette Light Muscovado Sugar, and the egg until all are well combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the grated carrot.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.
To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and fine caster sugar until smooth. Spread the frosting on top of the cake and serve. Garnish with some star anise to make it look as good as it’s going to taste!
Note: The mentioned cook time is an estimated time and may vary depending on the oven and size of the carrot cakes. It's always recommended to perform the toothpick test to ensure the cakes are fully baked.