Making a cake without an oven is not a problem for this Steamed Carrot Cake. The steaming process makes this carrot cake a wonderful softer and moister cake that you will love.
I just turned a quarter-century old recently and Steamed Carrot Cake was my choice of birthday cake for this year. I decided to make this Steamed Carrot Cake at my office so that I could share a little bit of happiness with my second family. There was not much cake, so everyone must be content with a slice of the cake. Just like the typical office, the kitchen did not have an oven or microwave. Nevertheless, it could not stop me from making a cake for my birthday.
The recipe is actually adapted from my Naked Carrot Cake recipe, but I steam the cake instead of baking it. There is no special equipment needed to make this recipe, all you need is a steamer. If you do not have a steamer at home, just a large deep pan with a lid will do. I was confident I could make this no-bake cake because I had tried the same method with my previous Steamed Chocolate Cream Cheese Layered Cake.
The carrot cake is moist and the texture is just like the baked cake that people might not even know that it was actually not baked. I also find a huge discovery that the steamed version is moister than the baked version with softer crumbs. That’s really a huge discovery for me. Although it contains carrots, yet the carrot flavor is very subtle and overpowered with brown sugar and spices. I use some ground cinnamon and nutmeg, which add a wonderful flavor to this cake but are not too overpowering. Each forkful tastes super soft and extra lush, trust me.
Tips for Making Steamed Carrot Cake
Making carrot cake is pretty easy. Here are some tips for making a successful moist Steamed Carrot Cake.
1. Brown sugar for an extra moist cake
I always use more brown sugar than granulated sugar because it adds more moisture and depth of flavor to this carrot cake. I use the brown sugar and granulated sugar 3:1 ratio which makes the cake darker because of the molasses in brown sugar.
2. Spice your cake
Spices are what make the carrot cake even better than it could ever be on its own. The recipe calls for ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Just use the right amount I have written on my recipe because not only adding too much spice can be too overwhelming the carrot flavor, but you also do not want to under-spice your batter.
3. Grate carrots finely
The carrot is the star of the cake and the key to making a moist cake. Make sure to grate the carrots at home to ensure their freshness. Do not use packaged pre-shredded carrots because they are hard and dry.
My carrot cake recipe uses 300 gr of finely grated carrots. This is usually about 1 very large carrot for me. Peel the carrot before grating them. You can shred the carrots using either a grater or a food processor. To make sure the carrots are cooked properly, they should be grated finely enough to be distributed throughout the batter evenly.
4. Add some add-in ingredients
Raisins and nuts, especially walnuts or pecans are common additions to carrot cake. You can either use one of them or even leave them out because I know that not everyone is a fan of them. If you decided to add them, I suggest using about 1 cup of add-in ingredients. I particularly love raisins because they add some chewy texture to the cake. You get a little bit of surprise for every bite you take. But if they are a big no for you, just omit them.
5. Tap the bottom of the pan
Once you have transferred the batter to your prepared cake pan, tap the bottom of the pan on the kitchen counter to eliminate the remaining air bubbles in the batter and even out the surface.
6. Preheat the steamer
Just like baking a cake, you need to preheat the steamer to cook the cake immediately and properly. Before you place your pan into your steamer, make sure that your water is already boiling.
7. Avoid water drips on cake batter during steaming
You need to prevent the condensation from dripping down onto the batter while keeping the heat in to keep the cake warm. I tied a thin towel or cloth under the bottom of the lid to catch the condensation before it drips. Alternatively, you can cover the pans with aluminum foil during steaming, just to prevent the water drips on the cake batter.
8. Cool the cake completely
Cream cheese frosting will quickly melt if it touches the warm cake. Let the cakes cool completely on racks before assembling and frosting.
9. Soften the cream cheese and butter
Cream cheese makes the ultimate frosting for this Steamed Carrot Cake. You need to use room temperature cream cheese and butter for the smooth and velvety frosting. Cold cream cheese could be lumpy so you need to set out the cream cheese a couple of hours before making this recipe.
10. Adjust the frosting’s sweetness
I do not understand why most cream cheese frosting calls for 4 cups confectioners sugar for 8 oz (225 gr) cream cheese. The amount of sugar confuses me. That is why I reduce the sugar into 2 cups for 16 oz (450 gr) cream cheese and it works just fine with the right amount of sweetness. If you feel like your frosting does not taste sweet enough, just try adding more 1-2 cups of confectioners sugar into the frosting.
Yay, happy birthday to me! Wishing myself a great another year ahead.
More Steamed Cake Recipes
While you are here, don’t forget to check out also these delicious steamed cake recipes!
- Moist Steamed Chocolate Cake
- Steamed Chocolate Cream Cheese Layered Cake
- Putu Ayu (Pandan Coconut Steamed Cake)
- Steamed Black Glutinous Rice Cake