Low Fat Carrot Cake
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Low Fat Carrot Cake

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Serves 6

Low fat but delicious! Using a maximum of natural sweetness of its ingredients with minimum sugar and oil.

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Ingredients

  • [Ingredients in order of the cooking process]
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 60g granulated sugar
  • 50ml vegetable or olive oil
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  • 130g plain flour
  • 10g baking powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
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  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 100g sultana or raisins
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • [For cream cheese decoration]
  • 200g mascarpone cheese
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 30g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon rind, grated

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the eggs, granulated sugar, vegetable(or olive)oil into a bowl and beat well.
    2. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice into the bowl, then fold into the mixture.
    3. Add the carrots, sultanas (or raisins), lemon juice and pinch of salt, and mix well together.
    4. Spoon the mixture into a baking tin (I use 18cm circle non-stick) and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out dry. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out to cool completely.
    5. For the decoration, put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat well until smooth. Spread evenly across the top of the cake (make sure that the cake is cool enough otherwise the cream will melt and slide down), then put in the fridge for at least 5 hours.

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SixMax
23rd Apr, 2016
5.05
And here is my rating.
SixMax
23rd Apr, 2016
5.05
Yoohoo.... made my first carrot cake ever with this super low-fat recipe!!! ..... Thank you for bringing this online. Cake was delicious, still..... a bit too much moist inside and a bit flat. Going to improve next time with other flour (now I used simple plain flour).
MAGSAINS
6th Apr, 2016
5.05
Use self-raising wholemeal flour. Grate the carrots finely, use demerara sugar instead of granulated sugar.
MAGSAINS
6th Apr, 2016
5.05
Just made this as a birthday cake for my husband who is very health conscious. It was absolutely delicious. I made a few changes to it though. I used wholemeal self raising flour instead of plain flour. I also grated the carrots finely (when cooked you can't distinguish the carrots). I didn't use all spice because I'd forgotten to buy some; I only used 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and I used demerara sugar instead of granulated sugar. I also bought Betty Crocker cream cheese to decorate. It cooked within the time and it rose perfectly fine. So pleased with it. Now off to make another one for my Mother-In Law.
EliAD
5th Oct, 2015
5.05
Absolutely nice and very recommended! Thanks for this amazing recipe! I made this cake recently, and it was the first time ever that my carrot cake has risen! So wondering why others complaining! Maybe you need to follow the recipe exactly! I used wholemeal flour to make it even healthier and also used less amount of sugar (brown sugar) and less butter. Definitely will make it again but want to use even less oil next time and some walnut instead!
simplypixie
29th Jun, 2014
1.3
Well this turned virtually as flat as it went in - I have't had that happen for years - very disappointing for my first go at a low fat cake. I did think it was odd to be using plain flour but I follow recipes - it needs SR flour with baking powder.
karen2000
17th Aug, 2013
I have made this a few times, with a couple of tweaks. I use self raising flour, same amount, and stevia sugar, about 40 grams. I only use 2 tablespoons of oil. When I cook it, i bake for 50 mins, then turn off the oven and leave it to cool. This sets the cake nicely. My children love this cake, its quite moist and 'bread pudding' like. Always a hit!
drummer1
20th Jan, 2013
Terrible! I followed the recipe and method to the letter and it came out totally flat. I did wonder why I was using plain flour inside of self raising. Will try again with self raising. What a waste of ingredients!
hvcates
23rd Jul, 2013
I've just made this cake for the first time, but it didn't come out flat! Did you definitely use the right quantities of baking powder, it is this that will make the cake rise!
darlinglaura
3rd Nov, 2012
Am I the only person who made this and despite using the size tin suggested, found that it came out flat as a pancake?!

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Maisy Anne
18th Jun, 2016
How much baking powder to plain wholemeal flour for carrot cake?
chsurrey
5th Feb, 2015
I made this cake today and it was as flat as a pancake. Read further reviews and made some changes and its in the oven as I type.