My name is Sophie and I blog over at The Story Of A Girl Who Lives Above Her Means about pretty clothes, good food and the delights of London. I'm hogging Sarah's blog for the day to offer an amazing carrot cake recipe. As Autumn has made an unwelcome appearance, the best thing to combat the blues in my opinion is to bake up a storm in the kitchen. There's nothing better than snuggling in your slanket in front of your favourite boxset and tucking into a slice of cake. Especially if it's this particular carrot cake. In fact I think I may need a slice now…!
Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
The zest and juice of 1 orange
150ml of sunflower oil
50g of sultanas - I used raisins but it's personal preference!
140g soft brown light sugar85g of self-raising flour
85g of wholemeal self-raising flour
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of mixed spice
1 tsp of bicarbonate soda
140g of grated carrot - works out about 1 and a half carrots
50g chopped walnuts plus a few to decorate
Butter for greasing
For the frosting:
200g of full fat soft cheese
50g of soften butter
85g of shifted icing sugar
A generous pinch of cinnamon
1. Mix the zest, juice and raisins in a plastic bowl and blitz in the microwave fro around 2 minutes. Give it a good stir once it comes out.
2. Heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/Gas 4 and cut the grease proof paper to size for the tin. Make sure you grease it generous with butter. There's nothing worse than a stuck cake!
3. Whisk together the oil and the eggs and put to one side.
4. Mix together the sugar, flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and bicarbonate soda into a large bowl. Add the mixture of raisins, zest and juice along with the grated carrot, walnuts and egg mixture. If you're using a Kitchenaid like me use the lowest speed.
5. Tip the mixture into a the baking tin and pop in the oven for up to an hour. Be warned it may cook quicker. I found mine to be ready after 50 minutes so i'd recommend to keep checking once it gets to 40 minutes just to be on the safe side. A wooden skewer is a great idea to test if the cake is good. If it comes out clean you're good to go!
6. Keep it in the tin until it has cooled down. Now onto the frosting!
7. Pour all the frosting ingredients into a bowl and mix until it's lovely a smooth. It makes quite a large amount so be generous when you're spreading! Decorate with a few walnuts and tuck in!