Steamed Carrot Cake with Honey Yogurt Frosting

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 10 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Honey Yogurt Frosting:

26 ounces plain yogurt (any fat content works)

Cheesecloth

2 to 3 tablespoons honey

Pinch kosher salt

Lemon zest

Wet Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup plain dry bread crumbs

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup applesauce

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups grated carrots

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried figs

1/4 cup slivered candied or crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons grated orange zest

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (grated fresh with whole nutmeg)

Orange zest, for garnish 

Directions

Special equipment:
pudding mold or ovenproof bowl
  1. To make the frosting: Empty a carton of plain yogurt (without gelatin or other thickeners), into a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth (or paper coffee filter), and place over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. After about 6 to 8 hours, the yogurt has released about 1 1/4 cups water, and has the consistency of soft cream cheese. Add the honey, to taste, a pinch of salt, and a few gratings of lemon peel. Mix well. 
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. 
  3. To make the cake: In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, bread crumbs, buttermilk, molasses, oil, applesauce, beaten eggs, carrots, cranberries, figs, ginger and orange zest. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combined. Don't over stir. Pour the batter into a well-greased pudding mold or heatproof bowl, and cover tightly. (You can also use leftover tin cans, like a large tuna can, for example). Immerse in a water bath to come 1/3 way up the sides of your mold. Cover with a lid or tin foil. Steam for 1 1/2 hours in the oven. 
  4. Slather the yogurt frosting over the warm cake. Garnish with fresh grated orange zest right on top.
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