Carrot cake with cinnamon frosting

Carrot cake with cinnamon frosting

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus overnight soaking

Easy

Cuts into 8-10 slices
Who can resist a slice of moist, frosting-topped carrot cake with a warming cuppa?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen before icing

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal592
  • fat41g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.83g
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Ingredients

  • zest and juice 1 orange
    Orange

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  • 50g sultanas
  • 150ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  • 2 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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  • 140g soft light brown sugar
  • 85g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 85g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp each ground cinnamon and ground mixed spice
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

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    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 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-…

  • 140g carrots, coarsely grated
    Carrot

    Carrot

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  • 50g walnuts, chopped, plus a few halves to decorate
    Walnuts

    Walnut

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For the icing

  • 200g soft cheese
  • 50g butter, softened
    Butter

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  • 85g icing sugar, sifted
  • pinch ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

Method

  1. If you have time to do it the night before, put the orange zest and juice in a bowl with the sultanas. If you don’t have time, on the day simply stir the zest, juice and sultanas together and microwave on Medium for 1-2 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and grease and line the base and sides of a 2lb loaf tin. Whisk together the oil and eggs. Mix together the sugar, flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and bicarb in your largest mixing bowl. Add the sultanas with any juice and zest left in the bowl, grated carrot, walnuts and whisked egg mixture into the dry ingredients, then thoroughly mix with a wooden spoon. Tip into the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin.

  3. Once cool, remove from the tin and make the icing. With an electric whisk, beat together the soft cheese, butter, icing sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.

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melini
8th Dec, 2016
5.05
I was looking for a recipe for original carrot cake and I finally found it! This is by far the best carrot cake ever! The frosting was also great, brought balance with the spicy cake. I added a shot of brandy to the orange juice and sultana mixture. Served it with coffee, as a dessert after lunch with friends.
masa32
11th Aug, 2016
This is such a beautiful cake. I made it for a friend's birthday and it went down very well and very quickly! So light and a lovely flavour. I didn't make the frosting as i sometimes struggle with it going runny so stuck to a tried and tested one.
Av08
24th May, 2016
I made this cake as a birthday cake, it turned out beautifully, I doubled the ingredients to make a bigger cake in a round tin, I did not double the topping/icing, there was more than enough that was made from the recommended recipe. It was slightly runny which I rectified by adding a touch more icing and keeping in the fridge to "set". All in all it was a hit a beautiful, light cake.
wishiwas
23rd Mar, 2016
5.05
I am new to baking, but have always wanted to make a carrot cake and I am so pleased that I chose this particular recipe to make. I followed the recipe to the letter and I can honestly say the cake is up there with the best carrot, sultana and walnut cake that I have ever tasted anywhere. I am soooo happy and also pleased with myself, so a big thank you for this gorgeous recipe! My oven seems to cook quickly, so I adjusted the timing a bit and it was perfect - it didn't last long :)
allielovetocook
29th Feb, 2016
5.05
I made this recipe and instead of using walnuts, I doubled the amount of sultanas (though soaked them in the same amount of orange juice as per the recipe). I also only used 180g of philly soft cheese (I didn't want to buy a bigger pack), and I made this into muffin-sized cupcakes rather than a loaf. 25 mins in the oven and they are absolutely delicious - light as air yet moist at the same time. I'll be making them every chance I get. The frosting is utterly delicious (I used more cinnamon in it and as a sprinkle on top), but the cakes are so good I think they'd do very well without the creamy topping if you wanted to save a few calories etc.
sophs1989
27th Jan, 2016
This recipe makes baking a carrot cake so easy! It's the best recipe I've come across and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
melcrucher
10th Dec, 2015
I've made this cake twice now and both times it's been perfect. Followed the receipe by the book. The only thing I couldn't get right was the topping. Although tasty, the butter wouldn't mix with the cheese properly and formed little lumps of butter. I thought this was because the butter was too cold, but second attempt it was room temperature.
colalouise
15th Jan, 2016
Try mixing the butter and icing sugar together first until smooth then add the cream cheese. Try not to mix the mixture too much once the cream cheese is added in as it will go runny. I always do it this way and it works everytime.
Harver22
23rd Oct, 2015
This carrot cake is Devine.... Made especially for my two boys 4 and 7, they love carrot cake and this went down a treat. Tweaked just a little, halfing the cinnamon and mixed spice to just 1 tsp each, also left out the walnuts. The frosting was slightly runny but stiffened once fridgerated. Will be making this a lot!! Fab recipe.
therealslimsal
11th Aug, 2015
Really pleased with how this cake turned out, very moist & delicious. Apart from just using normal self-raising flour and not putting walnuts in it I followed the recipe exactly. I think the amount of spices is just right. But the icing is too runny as others have said. I made a second batch using a different recipe. I will definitely be making this cake again.

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butler615
4th Sep, 2016
Hi I've made this cake several times and it is absolutely delicious - the best tasting carrot cake I have ever tried. My only problem is that when I go to slice it, it all crumbles apart instead of staying in one slice (not because it's dry but because it's moist). Do you have any tips to prevent this from happening?
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goodfoodteam
8th Sep, 2016
Thanks for your question, ensure it's thoroughly cooked and remove from the tin once fully cooled. We'd suggest slicing it gently with a serrated knife and keep the slices chunky. Hope that helps!
allielovetocook
27th Feb, 2016
5.05
Hi, I've made this on several occasions in a tin as per the recipe (and it is beyond amazing!) - but I wonder if it could be make into smaller cakes (cupcakes/muffins) and if so how long they might need in the oven? They'd be more suitable for my parents than one big cake. Thank you.
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goodfoodteam
28th Apr, 2016
We think if you made them muffin size they would take about 20-25 mins at the same temperature. We have a recipe for Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes on this website if you want to take a look and try those instead: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/470640/carrot-and-cream-cheese-cupcakes
katies286
19th Feb, 2016
Is it possible to make this cake using a circular cake tin? If so, should the oven temperature/cooking time/ingredients be altered in any way? Many thanks.
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goodfoodteam
28th Apr, 2016
We think this mixture would fit in an 18cm/7inch round cake tin, although we haven’t tried it so cannot guarantee perfect results. Bake at the same temperature, but check after 40 mins as we think it will cook more quickly.
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sarahbeth13
20th Nov, 2015
Can I replace the sultanas with nuts? I don't want any dried fruit in the cake. Thanks
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goodfoodteam
10th Dec, 2015
As there are only 50g sultanas, adding an extra 50g walnuts instead should be fine.
carolinelovescake
22nd Jun, 2015
I'd like to make a circular cake using this recipe - would these amounts fit an 8 inch circular tin? Thanks
windmill
23rd Mar, 2015
Can I freeze this cake ??

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