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

    Orange

    or-ange

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

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

  • 2 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 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

    sin-ah-mun

    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

    ka-rot

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

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

    Walnut

    wall-nut

    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

For the icing

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

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 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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amystraff
11th Mar, 2013
Fabulous and moist!!
michellejeans
23rd Feb, 2013
This is the nicest carrot cake I have ever made. Very moist I used pecan nuts instead of walnuts as i had them in the cupboard to use up and it was brill !!
charlene84
6th Feb, 2013
5.05
This is a delicious cake and a bit unusual in case you want to impress your family and friends. The only thing I would do differently is less oil.
bob_the_baker
3rd Feb, 2013
5.05
I simply love this recipe, the cake was light and moist will definitely bake this again. The topping is better mixed by hand so you can control the texture.
01dmcb
31st Jan, 2013
5.05
The nicest Carrot cake recipe by far. Lovely and moist and the icing was lovely
pepperpotty1981
6th Jan, 2013
5.05
Wow, this is so nice! I'd never made a carrot cake before but this is so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and cooked it for 1 hour and everyone said how nice it was. It didn't last long!
lindylou59
1st Dec, 2012
4.05
The cake was delicious, light flavoursome, could really taste the orange coming through...absolutely delicious. The topping however was disaster... Served as a separate sauce, very sloppy even after adding more icing sugar. What did I do wrong? Should I have used full fat soft cheese instead of light or did I mix it too much re a previous reviewer. Would definitely make again though.
conormac
25th Nov, 2012
Do you think it would be possible to use a round cake tin to make this? I am taking cakes in to work as it was my birthday and would love to try this recipe out
roynexus
18th Nov, 2012
5.05
Really nice and easy for an absolute beginner and absolutely delicious!! Many thanks. PS. I didn´t have any mixed spice so I used a little ginger grated finely instead.
roynexus
18th Nov, 2012
5.05
Nice and easy for an absolute beginner and absolutely delicious! Many thanks

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