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)
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

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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beclam
15th Sep, 2014
5.05
Loved this recipe. Did what others suggested by lowering amount of oil and upping the amount of carrot. My little boy and hubby polished this off in no time!!
helenarose17
4th Sep, 2014
5.05
Absolutely delicious!! I didn't frost it as I prefer plain cake. It was really moist and springy.
Azmool
31st Aug, 2014
3.8
Super easy and delicious. I usually leave the frosting out as it tends to last better
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stelaholder
19th Aug, 2014
5.05
Delicious. Easy to make. I put some chopped nuts in it as well
Honeygran
8th Aug, 2014
5.05
Love this cake, it's so simple.
DGZ
17th Jul, 2014
Any ideas of what to replace the nutmeg with?
cnew
9th Jul, 2014
5.05
Made this for a potluck lunch at work and everybody raved about it. Great recipe.
housewife40
23rd Jun, 2014
5.05
Great recipe - too much nutmeg for me - but I can tweak that next time - I also added some walnuts!
morganza
9th Jun, 2014
5.05
Great simple recipe, I used olive oil, really yummy :)
Chrissie loves God
5th Jun, 2014
I made this using two 8" lined cake tins and sandwiched it together with a thin layer of butter cream with a little freshly squeezed orange juice instead of milk and drizzled the orange icing on top to spill over the sides...to make a birthday cake for my grown up daughter who has a passion for carrot cake. Worked perfectly. Excellent recipe.

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