Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Carrot Cake

Who can resist a slice of moist carrot cake? Does it lure you in? Well I for one can’t resist and it definitely lures me in. I love carrot cake and if topped with a cream cheese icing then it’s all over for me!! I watched Rachel Allen making this carrot cake on TV last week from her new series Bake that accompanies her new book Bake. Did I mention how great this book is?! Well the series is great too; you get to watch her make recipes from the book, which I love. There are probably hundreds of recipes for carrot cake but personally a good carrot cake recipe is packed with carrots, spice, nuts, raisins and not forgetting the cream cheese icing. This recipe without doubt delivers all this, the cake is delectable and a carrot cake lover’s dream!

Carrot Cake

Serves 12

2 eggs
140ml (5fl oz) vegetable oil
200g (7oz) soft light brown sugar
300g (11oz) grated carrot (weight when grated)
100g (3 ½ oz) raisins
75g (3oz) pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
180g (6 ½ oz) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp mixed spice

For the orange cream cheese icing
250g (9oz) cream cheese (straight from the fridge)
50g (2oz) butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g (10oz) icing sugar, sifted
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Sugar flowers or sprinkles (optional)

13 x 23cm (5x9in) loaf tin

Preheat the oven to 150oC (300oF), Gas mark 2. Oil and line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then add the oil, brown sugar, grated carrot, raisins and chopped nuts. Sift in the dry ingredients and bring the mixture together using a wooden spoon or large metal spoon. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, smooth the surface and bake in the oven for 1-1 ¼ hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before removing. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

To make the icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl until combined. Add the vanilla extract, icing sugar and finely grated orange zest and mix to combine. The icing sugar should be smooth and quite thick. Using a palette knife, spread the icing evenly over the cooled cake, dipping the knife into a bowl of hot water if the icing is hard to spread out. Cut into slices to serve.

Edit: Just had to add this pic of Ollie, seems he also loves Rachel Allen's new book Bake! ;o)


Beth said...

I saw her make this and thought I have to make it!! Loving the little flowers - did you make them yourself?

Maria said...

Hi Beth ;o)

I didn't make the flowers, gosh I wish but unfortunately I don't have the patience for that. I bought them online from:

You definitely have to make this cake!!


Maria said...

Oh wow, your cake is gorgeous! I love the little flowers on top. So creative!

Happy cook said...

I have never made a carrot cake, even though have heard they are delicious.
This looks so yumm.

Anna said...

What a pretty cake!
I'm really enjoying Rachel's new programme - she seems to have got lots more confidence in front of the cameras.

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Gorgeous cake Maria, it looks super moist.

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the flowers too, I may have to order some.

Ivy said...

I love carrot cakes and I haven't made one for such a long time. The decoration is lovely.

Bea said...

Me encanta el carrot cake....y estoy especializ√°ndome en el cream cheese frosting...y solo le has puesto 50 gr de encanta la idea!!! Besos. B

Reeni said...

Your carrot cake looks so good. Who can resist cream cheese frosting? I love the little flowers, so cute!!

Lisa said...

Love the little flowers on this great cake!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks gorgeous! This one is on my list soon. Ollie is such a little cutie, maybe he thought your books ribbon was a mouse tail :)

Maria said...

Thanks Maria ;o)

Happy Cook you must make a carrot cake soon, you will love it!

Anna, thanks sweetie and I agree that Rachel seems more confident in her new series.

Erica, thanks!

George thanks, and you must order some of these sweet flowers.

Thanks Ivy ;o)

Bea, gracias. Besos x

Reeni cream cheese frosting is my down fall!! Thanks for the comment.

Lisa, thanks sweetie.

Kelly, thanks. You know Ollie well, he was after the satin blue ribbon ;o)


Rosie said...

Hi Maria your carrot cake looks stunning with those gorgeous flowers! I watched Rachel Allen make this on T.V. the other night:)

Rosie x

Rhyleysgranny said...

That cake looks just fabulous. I love the little flowers. Cookie cat looks so sweet:)

Maria said...

Rosie and Granny, thanks ;o)


Mommy's Kitchen said...

The carrot cake looks so good. And the kitty is precious. You did a great job decorating the carrot cake its so pretty.

Craft Fairy said...

Great cake and I love Rachel's new book. Baking books are always the best.

Anonymous said...

just came across your blog, it's great! i love this cake but my cream cheese icing always comes out too runny. yours looks just right. what am i doing wrong?? any advice would be appreciated! bella

koffiekitten said...

cute cat, just saw the carrot cake on tv and think I will have to give this a go myself!

Mukta said...


devyani anand said...

can i replace oil with butter?