Nothing beats a moist sponge cake containing grated carrot and typically topped with a buttercream or cream cheese icing. Yes, it does seem like an odd combination, a vegetable in a cake, but if you haven’t tried carrot cake you are definitely in for a very pleasant surprise. In fact, even if you don’t like carrot you should give it a try because the standard carrot taste doesn’t really exist in this cake.
Carrot cake is very dense, very moist and the best ones have a soft, sweet cream cheese frosting that adds a super yummy taste and lovely texture. Walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg must be a carrot match made in heaven because the sum of the parts is very different to each individual piece.
Here are some establishments where you can find the best carrot cakes in Barcelona:
The Story: Spice Café is an independently owned coffee shop that offers seriously delicious home baked goods, tea and coffee. They shop locally for their ingredients and strive to deliver the best service possible. Spice Café want to share their dishes with the local community and bring exciting flavors and new spices to their menu. They offer several exciting cakes to choose from on the menu but the Carrot Cake truly is to die for.
Expect: Normally there are a few people studying or working inside which will make you feel right at home. The place is cute, cozy and clean. There are a couple seats outside, a couple small tables and a long table inside.
Where: C. Margarit, 13
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The Story: Café Cometa is located in Sant Antoni on C. Parlament also known as “hipster street”. Since opening its doors in 2014, Cometa has quickly established itself as a firm favorite among Barcelona’s lovers of coffee, tea and art. In addition to serving tasty sandwiches, fresh juices and one of the best carrot cakes in Barcelona, Café Cometa also doubles as an art space – from the impressionist paintings on the walls down to the specially sourced furniture.
Expect: Café Cometa has a hipsterish vibe, coming from the quirky interior, menu, staff, as well as their customers. The place attracts a lot of young professionals and young families. They serve delicious natural juices, salads and sandwiches, many varieties of tea, their homemade carrot cake and other dishes such as hummus, quesadillas and guacamole are exceptionally good.
Where: C. Parlament, 20
The Story: The renowned decorator Jaime Beriestain drew inspiration from “Alice in Wonderland” to create We Pudding, a colorful, cheerful and amazing place that will bring you into the fantasy world imagined by Carroll. They are a child-friendly cafe that serves an amazingly delicious, carrot cake. Their carrot cake is moist, creamy and filled with large chunks of walnuts.
Expect: One slice of their carrot cake can easily be shared by two or three people. If you don’t have children, you can still enjoy a quiet cup of tea or slice of cake towards the front of the cafe in their semi-enclosed tea room. If you do have children, there’s a toy-filled playroom downstairs where they also organize birthday parties.
Where: C. Pau Claris, 90
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