Sunday, 13 November 2011

Carrot cake

I ate carrot cake at my brother's house last weekend and determined to bake one since it's been years since I last baked any carrot cake.

I googled recipes from the internet and read through my cookbooks but decided on this recipe that I had previously tested.

Carrot cake recipe:
Adapted from bbcgoodfood's website but with changes here and there.

Ingredients - for the cake:
300 g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
200 g brown sugar
4 eggs
250 ml vegetable oil
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange plus juice of 1/2 orange
200 g carrots, grated (approximately about 2 medium carrots)
mix fruits and flaked almonds, approximately about 1/4 cup each

Ingredients for the cream cheese frosting:
120 g butter at room temperature
50 g icing sugar
250 g cream cheese

Heat the oven to 150 C. Line a 10" x 7" rectangle cake pan. Sift the flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder and baking soda and mix in the sugar. On a separate bowl, beat the eggs, oil, lemon zest and orange zest. Stir in the carrots and mix in the flour and sugar mixture. Stir in the orange juice and fold in the mix fruits and almonds. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 50 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.

To make the cream cheese frosting, beat the butter and the icing sugar until soft and beat in the cream cheese. Chill the mixture until it comes to a spreadable consistency and spread on the cake.

It's ok if the cake cracks a little as you're gonna need to trim it anyway
Visible flaked almonds and mix fruits, yummy

Spread the cream cheese frosting, cut and enjoy!

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