- 2 English Breakfast or other black tea bags
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- Toasted chopped walnuts, optional
- Place tea bags in a small bowl; add boiling water. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard tea bags; set tea aside. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper and coat the paper with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, tea, honey, syrup and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and cloves; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in the carrots, walnuts and raisins. Transfer to prepared pan (pan will be full).
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan and discard paper.
- For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
- Using a metal 3-in. round cutter, cut 15 circles from cake. Cut each circle in half horizontally; place cake bottoms on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Pipe frosting over each. Top with remaining cake layers and frosting; sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 15 mini tortes.
Reviews for Mini Carrot Cake Tortes
"I served this at a ladies luncheon and got rave reviews. I also found that the flavor gets even better after a day or twol I would definitely serve it again. There was waste cutting the circles but that made snacks for later. The circles made it look like you went to a lot of trouble."
"I haven't tried this yet, but I will. Also when you cut into circles a lot of cake is waisted so why not just cut into squares, that way nothing is waisted."
"Kiltyone never has anything good to say. I am not sure why she is so nasty and negative. So I suggest everyone takes her "reviews" with a grain on salt. Let's hope her life gets a little bit of "sugar" and she can learn to be nicer and happier."
"Why tea?! I have never heard of this one."
"It was a strange tasting cake. My husband wouldn't eat it at all and he loves carrot cake.No! Don't waste you time with this one."