Tiger Carrot Cake With A Citrus Glaze
Welcome to the jungle! This recipe for a striped tiger cake will transport you into a wild world full of flavor! We've taken a delicious, moist carrot cake and made it even sweeter by baking it with a fun animal-themed pattern. First, we're going to teach you a unique pouring technique that gives this cake half of its stripes, then we'll take care of the other half with a citrusy 2-tone glaze. This eye-catcher of a cake is surprisingly easy to make, and it's the perfect light dessert for the warm months ahead. It's a tiger cake fit for a tiger king!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Difficulty Level: Easy
For the striped carrot cake:
- 5 carrots, peeled
- 1⅓ cups vegetable oil
- 5 eggs
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1–2 tbsp corn starch
For the glaze:
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ⅔ cup lemon juice
- black & orange food coloring
- plastic bottle
- almond paste
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Peel the carrots, cut them into small pieces, and place them in a blender. Add the eggs and vegetable oil to the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour the blended carrot mixture into a large mixing bowl, add in the sugar, flour, baking powder, and milk, and mix everything together until combined. Pour ½ of the batter into a new mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder to give it a brown color.
3. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan, then press 3 small, evenly-spaced pieces of almond paste onto the edge of the hole in the center of the pan.
4. Cut off the bottom an empty plastic bottle, wash it thoroughly, and place it on top of the almond paste.
5. Pour a small amount of the orange cake batter directly onto the plastic bottle attached to the bundt cake pan. Pour the same amount of brown cake batter on top, then continue alternating between the orange and brown batter until both batters have been used up.
6. Remove the plastic bottle and almond paste from the bundt cake pan, transfer to the oven, and bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
7. For the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Divide the glaze into 2 bowls, leaving ¼ in one bowl and ¾ in the other. Stir orange food coloring into the bowl with more glaze and black food coloring into the one with less. Once the cake has cooled completely, place it on a large plate and generously pour the orange glaze over it. Transfer the black glaze to a piping bag and pipe thin black stripes over the top of the cake. Let the glaze harden, and your tiger cake is ready to be served!
This tiger cake is a wonderfully moist, light dessert that's perfect for get-togethers or a sweet treat at home! But make sure you're careful, because it's dangerously delicious!
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