Cook's Hideout: Sourdough Carrot Cake

May 30, 2014

Sourdough Carrot Cake

I made this cake first time more than 3 years ago when I first got the sourdough starter. I took it to work and everyone loved it there. But I haven't had a chance to make it again until now. I saw the recipe in the King Arthur Catalog and it reminded me of the moist and delicious cake that I made years ago.
Sourdough Carrot Cake
Sourdough starter makes this cake very moist and there are no tell-tale signs of sourness or the addition of sourdough starter anywhere. I halved the original recipe and made 1 8" round cake. Then frosted the cake with a very simple cream cheese frosting.
Sourdough Carrot Cake
The reason for celebration is that I crossed 1000 posts couple of posts back and this is a sweet treat to myself. I have to thank the BM group and especially Valli, without them the posts would have been random and I would never have reached this milestone.
Sourdough Carrot Cake
Recipe adapted from here:
Sourdough Starter - ½cup
Sugar - 1up
Vegetable Oil - ¾cup
Eggs - 2 large
Crushed Pineapple - ½cup, drained
Grated Carrot - 1cup
Walnuts - ¼cup, chopped
Shredded Coconut - ¼cup
Vanilla extract - 1tsp
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Wholewheat Pastry flour - ¼cup (or use 1¼cup APF)
Ground Cinnamon - 1tsp
Salt - ¼tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
Unsalted Butter - 2tbsp, softened
Cream cheese - 4oz. (half of a 8oz. block)
Confectioners Sugar - 1½cups
Vanilla extract - ½tsp
Milk - as needed
Chopped Nuts - as needed, for garnish

  • Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease a 8" round pan that is at least 2" deep. 
  • In a mixing bowl, combine oil and sugar. Stir in sourdough starter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold in pineapple, carrots, walnuts, coconut and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30~35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • Make the Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the confectioner's sugar gradually until well combined. Add milk, if needed, to get to spreadable consistency.
  • Frost the cake and sprinkle the chopped nuts.
Sourdough Carrot Cake


  1. Yummy.. Yummyyyy. . Congratulations on completing 1000 posts...

  2. They look super-moist and delecious too :) Would love to have an slice :)

  3. Congrats Pavani, keep on going.. Sourdough carrot cake looks prefect for the celebration.. Very neat and delicious looking cake.

  4. congrats Pavani. that is really a great milestone. love cream cheese frosting. cake looks beautiful

  5. Congratulations Pavani, thanks for the mention and I must say that friends like you, who blog with so much passion, is what gets the group going...lovely cake and what a way celebrate!...

  6. yes Valli does keep us all going - Cake looks amazing - would never think to use starter in cake


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