Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Yummy Carrot Cake

The lovely people at Whitworths sent me a box of their new sugars to try out - so I decided to make this yummy carrot cake! It was so moist, and had a great flavour. This is the first time that I have made a carrot cake and I was thrilled with how it turned out! I will certainly be making it again. It has vegetables in it - it counts as one of your 5 a day, right?

  • 175g Whitworths light brown sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 140g grated carrots (about 3 medium)
  • 100g raisins
  • grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg

    Frosting - 

    75g Whitworths superfine icing sugar 
    2 tablespoons orange juice

    Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C. Oil and line the base and sides of an 18cm square cake tin with baking parchment.

     Tip the sugar into a large mixing bowl, pour in the oil and add the eggs. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange rind.
    Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, then sift into the bowl. Lightly mix all the ingredients - when everything is evenly amalgamated stop mixing. The mixture will be fairly soft and almost runny. 

    Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. (You can freeze the cake at this point.) 

    Beat together the frosting ingredients in a small bowl until smooth - you want the icing about as runny as single cream. Set the cake on a serving plate and boldly drizzle the icing back and forth in diagonal lines over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

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  1. yum - love carrot cake. great gig you got there!

  2. Carrot cake is a real fave for so many people so I am sure many will be trying your lovely recipe.
    Great enthusiasm for the great range of Whitworths sugars too.
    I reckon with carrots plus raisins, orange zest and orange juice, we can lay claim to 4 of the 5 a day target for fruit and vegetables. What do you think?
    Great post.
    Posting this comment with thanks from myself and BritMums

  3. I love carrot cake, got to be one of the best cakes ever invented!

  4. Mmmmm I always make banana bread but may have to go over to "the other side" and try carrot cake instead next time! :)

  5. Carrot cakes is one of the classics I never tire of. Yours looks fantastic! I am enjoying taking part in this challenge too, lots of baking fun :))

  6. This looks lovely, hope it tasted good.

  7. was looking for a carrot cake recipe without tiers. thanks!

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