Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Serves icon Serves 12
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 minutes, cook time 30-40 minutes, plus cooling and chilling

A proper classic carrot cake is something of a teatime classic. For something extra special, try this beauty of a recipe by Marcus Wareing; it’s a serious winner!

Nutrition: For 12

Calories
370kcals
Fat
19.3g fat (8.8g saturated)
Protein
5.9g protein
Carbohydrates
46.8g carbs
Salt
1g salt
Calories
370kcals
Fat
19.3g fat (8.8g saturated)
Protein
5.9g protein
Carbohydrates
46.8g carbs
Salt
1g salt

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 medium organic eggs
  • 300g (about 4) carrots, grated
  • 125g demerara sugar
  • 50g walnuts, chopped
  • 175g plain flour
  • 75g plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 50ml milk
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the frosting

  • 200g full-fat soft cheese
  • 125g icing sugar, sifted
  • 30g soft unsalted butter
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/ gas 4. Grease a deep, 18cm round cake tin and set aside. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then add the carrots, vegetable oil, sugar and walnuts. Mix well. Sift the flours and cinnamon into a separate bowl and mix. Gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, until half combined. Heat the milk in a pan until warm, then remove from the heat and add to the mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.
  2. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If it’s not ready, bake for a further 5 minutes, then test again. Leave to cool in the tin.
  3. Place all the ingredients for the frosting in a food processor and whizz until smooth (or beat with an electric mixer or wooden spoon). Cover the cake with the frosting. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour until the frosting has set before slicing.

Recipe By

Marcus Wareing

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