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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

 

Carrot Cake

Ever-popular carrot cake, this recipe makes a nice large cake so will feed the hungry hordes.

500 g carrots, peeled and grated 170 g raisins (280 ml)
150 g chopped walnuts (380 ml) 350 ml sunflower oil

4 extra-large eggs
360 g brown sugar (450 ml)
340 g cake flour (600 ml)
7 ml bicarbonate of soda
7 ml baking powder
5 ml ground cinnamon
5 ml ground allspice or mixed spice

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/170oC fan/Gas mark 5.
  2. Grate carrots in food processor on the fine grater blade. Add raisins and nuts to carrots.
  3. In the Kenwood mixer bowl place oil, eggs and brown sugar. Use the “K” beater and mix using a low speed until well blended.
  4. Use another bowl to sift the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and combine.
  6. Add in the carrot mixture.
  7. Mix well together.
  8. Prepare Bundt ring pan; grease it really well in the grooves and fold a paper round into 8. Nip off the top point and make 3 cuts up about 2.5 cm. Place paper over the funnel in the middle, making a fold if necessary to get into the base of the pan. Grease again.
  9. Pour in the mixture evenly. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

10. Cool. Turn out and remove cake from pan; remove paper and place cake on serving plate.

11. Ice with cream cheese icing, and top with chopped walnuts.

Tips:

  • Use topped and tailed courgettes instead of carrots.
  • Bake as a tray bake to obtain extra slices.

Cream Cheese Icing

The best cream cheese icing ever! The secret is in using less cream cheese than a whole carton. This icing does not go runny after you start adding the icing sugar.

Makes sufficient for one carrot or coffee cake

50 g cream cheese, softened
25 g butter or margarine, softened (25 ml) 200 g icing sugar (400 ml)
A little milk to combine (about 50 ml)

  1. Place cream cheese, butter or margarine and icing sugar into a food mixer. Use the balloon whisk.
  2. Add a little milk, and beat well until mixture all comes together and is quite stiff; then add a little more milk until it reaches a consistency such that it will not run down the cake, but will be able to set on the top ridge of the cake.
Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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