Carrot Cake
Carrot cake with it’s compulsory frosting makes a truly delicious dessert. Don’t be fooled, the cake does not taste of carrots!
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Ingredients
  • 350 g (12 oz) finely grated carrot (about 3 large carrots)
  • 300 g (11 oz) plain flour
  • 300 g (11 oz) sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) sunflower or canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup of crushed pinapple (optional)
  • Crushed walnuts (optional)
Frosting
  • 250 g (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 200 g (7 oz) powdered sugar
  • 60 g (2 oz) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt and mix together.
  2. Break the eggs into a clean bowl and whisk them until frothy.
  3. Slowly beat in the sugar. It should take about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Continue to beat the mixture while drizzling in the sunflower oil.
  5. Beat in the vanilla essence. Add the flour mixture and beat for about 1 minute to give a smooth mixture.
  6. Fold in the carrot and the pineapple using a spatula.
  7. Lightly grease a baking tray 22cm x 31cm (9″x11″) and pour in the mixture. Bake in an oven at 180°C for 45-50 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and leave it cool completely.
  9. To make the frosting, gently beat together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly beat the powdered sugar into the mixture. Finally, beat in the vanilla essence and the orange zest.
  10. Place the cooled cake on a board and cover with frosting. Finsh with a sprinkling of crushed walnuts.
Titli's Tips
You can also add chopped nuts or raisins into the batter for interesting variations on this cake.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 282 14%
Calories from Fat 143
Total Fat 15.9g 24%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 22%
Unsaturated Fat 10.3g
   
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 32.9g 10%
Dietary Fibre 0.8g 3%
Sugars 22.1g
Protein 2.8g 5%
Cholesterol 37.3mgs 12%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.