Easy carrot cake

Easy carrot cake
  • Serves icon Serves 10-12
  • Time icon Takes 15 minutes to make, 45 minutes in the oven, plus cooling

This is a softly spiced carrot cake made with raisins steeped in sherry. A moreish and popular recipe that everyone should have in their repertoire.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
406kcals
Fat
23g (6.5g saturated)
Protein
5.3g
Carbohydrates
43.4g (27.8g sugars)
Salt
0.7g
Calories
406kcals
Fat
23g (6.5g saturated)
Protein
5.3g
Carbohydrates
43.4g (27.8g sugars)
Salt
0.7g

For 12 servings

Ingredients

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 100g raisins
  • 4 tbsp sweet sherry or orange juice
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • Œ½ tsp baking powder
  • Œ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 60g walnut pieces, plus extra for the topping
  • 200g carrot, roughly grated

For the icing

  • 300g low-fat cream cheese
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ΡC/fan160ΡC/gas 4. Grease a 22cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin with a little butter. Line the base of the tin with a circle of baking paper.
  2. Place the raisins in a pan with the sherry or orange juice and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 2 minutes until the raisins have absorbed all of the liquid. Set aside.
  3. Put the eggs, sunflower oil and sugar in a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk for about 3 minutes, until the mixture becomes creamy.
  4. Sift the cinnamon, flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda over the mixture, and fold it in with the coconut, walnuts, carrot and raisins. Spoon into the tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the cakes centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. For the icing, beat the cream cheese with the icing sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy, adding more icing sugar to taste, if needed. Spread over the top and sides of the cake and sprinkle with extra walnuts.

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