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
- Preheat oven to 190°C/170oC fan/Gas mark 5.
- Grate carrots in food processor on the fine grater blade. Add raisins and nuts to carrots.
- In the Kenwood mixer bowl place oil, eggs and brown sugar. Use the “K” beater and mix using a low speed until well blended.
- Use another bowl to sift the dry ingredients together.
- Add flour mixture to egg mixture and combine.
- Add in the carrot mixture.
- Mix well together.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Place cream cheese, butter or margarine and icing sugar into a food mixer. Use the balloon whisk.
- 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.