Yummy scrummy carrot cake

Yummy scrummy carrot cake

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Prep: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins Including 40-45 minutes in the oven.

Easy

Cuts into 15 slices

The lightest and most enticingly moist carrot cake you will ever come across - just find a good hiding place for it!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal265
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars24.8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.41g
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Ingredients

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 140g grated carrot (about 3 medium)
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 100g raisins
  • grated zest of 1 large orange
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg (freshly grated will give you the best flavour)

For the frosting

  • 175g icing sugar
  • 1½-2 tbsp orange juice

Method

  1. 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. The easiest way to do this is to cut two long strips the width of the tin and put each strip crossways, covering the base and sides of the tin, with a double layer in the base.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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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amberstorm
26th Sep, 2011
5.05
Really nice moist cake. The orange zest really adds something.
seaslave
24th Sep, 2011
I have the best ever reipe for carrot cake, which will wipe the floor with this one, im sure, but just to be sure, Im gonna give it a go and compare both with a taste test with my friends and family x
atkin123
23rd Sep, 2011
5.05
Very easyand delicious
cliverbird
18th Sep, 2011
5.05
Just looking for a simple carrot cake recipe. I saw the reviews on this and had to try it. Wow! My husband, who says no-one makes a better fruit cake than his mum...actually said that this carrot cake beat her fruit cake hands down! 'the best cake in the world'...his friend tried a peice...or two too! and agreed whole heartedly! It is just so moist and scrummy.....and moreish!! The orange is a beautiful addition and the raisins (which i wasnt sure of) were amazing too.
cliverbird
18th Sep, 2011
5.05
Just looking for a simple carrot cake recipe. I saw the reviews on this and had to try it. Wow! My husband, who says no-one makes a better fruit cake than his mum...actually said that this carrot cake beat her fruit cake hands down! 'the best cake in the world'...his friend tried a peice...or two too! and agreed whole heartedly! It is just so moist and scrummy.....and moreish!! The orange is a beautiful addition and the raisins (which i wasnt sure of) were amazing too.
slsanders123
17th Sep, 2011
A good basic recipe, very tasty, well timed and easy to achieve tasty results! Will def do this one again! x
supermad
17th Sep, 2011
5.05
my first ever attempt at baking anything was this recipe and everyone LOVED IT!!!
mr_rawly
16th Sep, 2011
I prefer to hold the raisins but still a cracking recipe :)
francesjoy
14th Sep, 2011
5.05
So easy to make and incredibly tasty. Loved the addition of the icing.
laurabeyer
14th Sep, 2011
Very easy to make, however in my oven only 25 minutes baking time was needed instead of 45 as suggested:-)

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