carrot cake for tea

Virtual Tea Party March 2021

If you ask for carrot cake in Singapore, you are likely to find yourself with a savoury dish.

A popular breakfast (and in fact, all day) item found in hawker centres & food courts, cubes of steamed “white carrot” (radish) cake are fried till crispy, then stirfried with eggs, preserved radish and chilli.

It comes in 2 forms: “white” and “black”. Kechap Manis (Sweet sauce) is added to the “Black” version, which is my preference. Loving Husband relishes the “White”, with lots of chilli, of course.

On the left: the “Black”; on the right, “White”, from Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre

But if you prefer a more familiar sweet for tea, dear BlogFriends, I serve you a slice of Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The twist is the addition of sourdough discard in the batter, and pineapple (the original recipe from King Arthur calls also for coconut, but we are not great fans in our household; I also lowered the sugar)

  • 300g vegetable oil
  • 260g castor sugar
  • 227g sourdough discard
  • 3 large eggs
  • 241g canned pineapple, drained & crushed
  • 200g grated carrots
  • 70g chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 300g all-urpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan or two 8″ x 2″ round pans or 3 paper loaf containers 9″ x 4″ (I use the latter combination)
  2. Combine the oil and sugar.
  3. Stir in the starter.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  5. Fold in the pineapple, carrots, walnuts and vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just to combine.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake the cake for 30-45 minutes (depending on your pan size), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and the sides are just beginning to pull away from the edge of the pan.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and cool it completely on a rack before frosting.
  • 85g butter, at room temperature
  • 227g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 260g confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
  1. Combine the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.
  2. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the sugar gradually, beating to combine.
  4. Add the milk, a little at a time, until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.
  5. Serve the cake at room temperature. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Unfrosted, the cake can be frozen, well wrapped, for up to 3 months. Frost just before serving.

You could, of course, choose to make these as cupcakes. I would adjust the baking time to about 25 min, or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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  1. Both the white and black carrot cakes look delicious! I would love to try them. The carrot cake with sourdough discard sounds yummy! I have a sourdough starter that I have had for over 10 years. It kills me to sometimes have to throw some of it away. I just can’t use it fast enough.


    1. I’ve put my starter to nap in the fridge for a bit – I just couldn’t keep up with the pace of using up the discard. Especially since Loving Husband had dental surgery a couple of weeks ago and hasn’t been able to eat crusty bread (which is what I mostly make). You’ve had yours for 10 years – that is amazing!


        1. I’ve read that 1 cup of sourdough discard can be replaced by 4oz of flour & 4oz of liquid. But I am afraid I have not tested this specifically for this recipe.


  2. Savoury sounds utterly delicious. I’ve only recently discovered kechap manis and am very much in the honeymoon phase 🙂

    Your cake looks delicious, and I love the idea of using sourdough discard. Not quite sure about the pineapple though — its about the only thing I don’t like in cake.


    1. Enjoy your journey with kechap manis – it is a lovely condiment. My favourite way to enjoy it is to mix in some chilli paste, minced garlic & a touch of lime juice; it becomes an irresistible dipping sauce for so many things!

      I think most people feel very strongly about pineapple in baked goods: we either love it or abhor it!

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  3. Wow, I am loving all these different foods from around the world! By the time I get to Singapore I will know what I am ordering! I have bought many goodies from King Arthur Flour for years! Do you buy supplies from them as well? Cady


    1. You will be able to order your food like a local!

      We can’t get King Arthur products in Singapore. But I am an avid fan & user of their recipes – they are very good!


        1. I am a big fan of pan liners. No matter how non-stick a Teflon pan is supposed to be, it eventually will stick!

          I use a lot of Bob Redmill products – we have a reliable source here.

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