Moist Walnut Carrot Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

by Monica Lazăr on October 5, 2013

Moist walnut carrot cake with swiss meringue buttercream

I don’t know how the weather is where you live but here, in Romania, is seems that it’s almost winter. In many places of the country it had already snowed so, this year’s autumn wasn’t too long. Even so, this isn’t a reason to not enjoy autumn’s goodies and one of my autumn’s favorites are walnut cakes. My grandma took care to give me enough walnuts this year so I hope many walnut goodies will come on this blog.

Because until now I never tried to bake a carrot cake (yeah, I know, what the heck was I thinking?) I decided that this is the perfect moment given that walnuts and carrots would be a perfect match. And so it was! It came out to be a moist and rich cake with a beautiful brownish-orange color. I also added a thin layer of swiss meringue buttercream  because if it’s for the weekend, it should have chocolate or filling.

Moist walnut carrot cake with swiss meringue buttercream

Moist walnut carrot cake with swiss meringue buttercream

Moist walnut carrot cake with swiss meringue buttercream

Moist Walnut Carrot Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

14 Oz, carrots, finely grated

3 eggs, room temperature

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup softened butter

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup ground walnuts

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

 Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 7 inch springform pan with parchment paper or grease it with butter (I greased it).  Whisk together eggs, sugar, butter, buttermilk, and vanilla extract then add the grated carrots.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, grounded walnuts, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined. Pour half of this mixture in the pan and bake it 25-30 minutes at 350° or until a toothpick comes out clean. Bake the same way the other half of batter. Let it cool then cut it into layers.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

4 egg whites at room temperature

1 cup butter at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and feels completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips (if you have a candy thermometer, it should not pass over 158°).

Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is completely cool, about 10 minutes.

With mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes.

Add the buttercream filling between the layers and enjoy an easy to make but rich and delicious autumn cake!

Moist walnut carrot cake with swiss meringue buttercream


Before ending, I want to recommend you another wonderful walnut cake, made by Diana Duca from Disturbingly Delicious. It’s a Swiss cake with walnut filling and caramelized figs. I’m sure you will love the recipe and the beautiful photos! ♥


Until next time, hugs and walnuts!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

violeta October 5, 2013

Pentru mine toamna miroase a nuci struguri si gutui.Ador prajitura cu morcovi iar in varianta ta cu nuca si meringue buttercream inca nu am incercat…
beautiful post,beautiful images,as usual !!


Monica Lazăr October 6, 2013

Multumesc Violeta! Te mai astept. :)


Diana October 6, 2013

Awesome! Minunata reteta, minunate fotografii, Moni! Ideea cu crema imi place si cred ca o sa o aplic si eu ;). Multumesc ca ai mentionat prajitura mea cu smochine. O duminica frumoasa. <3


Monica Lazăr October 6, 2013

Cu drag, Diana. Prajitura ta mi-a ramas in minte de atunci si nu puteam rata ocazia asta de a o mentiona. ♥


Laura Dembowski October 6, 2013

That slice of cake looks wonderful! All of the moist cake mixing with the frosting. It has been too long since I’ve had a good slice of layer cake.


Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography October 7, 2013

Such beautiful photos – totally perfect: lightning, colours, composition – and the cake of course, it looks so nice, especially since it isn’t totally smothered in frosting ;)


Food to Fitness October 11, 2013

Looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing.


Lail | With A Spin October 16, 2013

A delightful cake and stunning photography!


Nusrat Azim October 17, 2013

What gorgeous job you have done in photographing and styling your sensuous cake!
I’d love to follow all your recipes and photos…from now on. So following :)


Monica Lazăr October 18, 2013

Thank you all! I really appreciate your feedback and I’m very happy you like my work.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 22, 2013

This cake is absolutely stunning!


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