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Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Serves 9 to 12

Prep and Bake Time
1 hr 15 mins

Cool Time
1 hr 45 mins

Total Time
3 hrs

Taking a cue from our favorite juice bar combos, this dense, not-too-sweet cake gets loads of moistness from both carrots and carrot juice, and a hint of heat from two kinds of ginger. The lime glaze adds a tangy kick.

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Photo: Iain Bagwell
 1/4 cup melted butter, plus about 1 tsp. softened butter for pan
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 2 teaspoons ground ginger
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 cup granulated sugar
 1/4 cup canola oil
 1/4 cup carrot juice
 2 large eggs
 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger (use a box grater or Microplane)
 1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded carrots (from about 3 medium orange carrots, peeled)
 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  Zest of 1/2 lime
 1 tablespoon plus about 1 tsp. lime juice
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 8-in. square pan, line bottom with parchment paper, and butter it. Flour inside of pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk granulated sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, the oil, carrot juice, eggs, and fresh ginger until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk just until smooth. Stir in carrots and scrape batter into pan.

Step 3

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Run a paring knife around edges to loosen, then turn out onto rack. Turn right side up and let cool completely, at least 1 3/4 hours.

Step 4

In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, lime zest, and 1 tbsp. lime juice until smooth. Add more lime juice (about 1 tsp.) for a thick, flowing texture. Drizzle over cake.

Step 5

Make ahead: Through step 3, up to 1 day at room temperature or 1 month frozen (let cool, then wrap well).

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 9 to 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 253Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g16%

Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
Cholesterol 46mg16%
Sodium 231mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 39g13%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.