Carrot cake

Carrot cake is a rich and decadent cake with plenty of flavour! The combination of the soft nutty base and the beautifully thick cream cheese icing makes it almost impossible to only have one slice!

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carrot cake
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date27 February 2019
People10
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 35 Minutes
Rest time 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cooking time 45 Minutes
Total time 2 Hours 50 Minutes

A really good carrot cake is not easily forgotten, it should be perfectly moist, and topped with a thick coating of sweet icing and crunchy walnuts.

Carrot cake is usually associated with Easter and springtime but that shouldn’t stop you from making it any time you want.

A carrot cake isn’t complete without its thick and dense icing. We have added some orange zest for flavour. As the icing is heavy the cake base should be as light as possible to balance the texture. It needs to be packed full of carrots, walnuts and seasoned with a good dash of cinnamon!

When it comes to decorations its really up to you! In our recipe, we have chosen to thickly ice the top and we have used whole walnuts as decoration but you can use chopped walnuts, orange peel or even make little candied carrots.

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Baking powder 2TSP (UK)
Cinnamon 1TSP (UK)
Salt 0to tasteA pinch
Muscovado sugar 250gLight
Egg 3units
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Carrots 150g
Lemons 0.5unitsJuice
Walnuts 200g
Unsalted butter 50gRoom temperature

Step nr: 1 - Preheat oven

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TimeNo times for this step
Temperature180 Degrees Celsius

Firstly preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

Step nr: 2 - Line cake tin

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Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Line the bottom of a cake tin with parchment paper. Lightly grease the sides with butter and dust with flour.

We used a springform cake tin. If you don't have a springform cake tin, you can use a simple cake tin.

Step nr: 3 - Grate carrots

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Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Carrots 150gram
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes
GraterToolGrater
BowlToolBowl

Grate carrots finely and set aside.

Step nr: 4 - Separate egg whites

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Ingredient list for step nr: 4

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Egg 3units
Preparation time 4 Minutes
Total time 4 Minutes
BowlToolBowl

Carefully separate the egg yolks from whites and set the yolks aside.

You need to make sure there are no egg yolks in the whites.

Step nr: 5 - Combine oli and sugar

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Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Sunflower oil 200milliliter
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Whisk together vegetable oil and sugar.

Step nr: 6 - Add egg yolks

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Ingredient list for step nr: 6

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Egg 3units
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Add egg yolks to the bowl and whisk.

Step nr: 7 - Add walnuts, carrots and lemon juice

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Ingredient list for step nr: 7

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Carrots 150gram
Lemons 0.5units
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Walnuts 150gram
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Add walnuts, carrots and lemon juice and mix thoroughly with a spatula.

Step nr: 8 - Combine the plain flour

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Ingredient list for step nr: 8

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Plain Flour 250gram
Baking powder 2teaspoon (UK)
Bicarbonate of soda 1teaspoon (UK)
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Cinnamon 1teaspoon (UK)
Salt 0to taste
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Sift plain flour into the bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and the cinnamon. Mix until completely combined.

Step nr: 9 - Whisk egg whites

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Ingredient list for step nr: 9

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Egg 3units
Preparation time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

In a large bowl whisk egg whites into firm peaks.

Step nr: 10 - Fold in egg whiles

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Ingredient list for step nr: 10

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Egg 3units
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Gently fold egg whites into the mixture with a silicone spatula.

Step nr: 11 - Transfer to cake tin

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Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Transfer the mixture to the lined and greased cake tin with a spatula.

Step nr: 12 - Bake

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Cooking time 45 Minutes
Total time 45 Minutes
Temperature180 Degrees Celsius

Place cake tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Do not open the oven as you may risk sinking the cake.

Step nr: 13 - Make the icing

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Ingredient list for step nr: 13

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Cream cheese 250gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

While the cake is baking you can make the icing. Whisk butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and the zest until completely combined.

Step nr: 14 - Set aside

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Rest time 30 Minutes
Total time 30 Minutes

Once combined, transfer the icing to a bowl and place in the fridge until needed.

Step nr: 15 - Remove cake from oven

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Rest time 1 Hour
Total time 1 Hour

After 45 minutes the cake should be ready. Remove it from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Step nr: 16 - Decorate cake

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Ingredient list for step nr: 16

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Walnuts 50gram
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Once the cake is completely cool remove the icing from the fridge, spread evenly over the top and decorate with walnuts.

We used a palette knife to apply the icing but you can use a spatula, spoon or even a regular knife.

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