I have loved carrot cake ever since I arrived in America. It started with Publix bought cakes ( which pale in to insignificance against this one) and developed in to a little project to develop a deliciously moist carrot cake of my own. I am a lazy frosting maker so I have used a shop bought one here..next project, find a lovely frosting to go inside and on top. This is a big cake…make sure you have guests coming else you will feel decidedly sick because you wont be able to resist it!
- 225 g (8 oz) carrots, peeled and grated
- 200 g (7 oz) self-raising flour
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 175 g ( 6oz) dark brown soft sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 150 ml (2/3 cup) sunflower oil
- grated zest 1 orange
- 100 g (1/2 cup) sultanas
- 50 g (1/4 cup) sweetened coconut
- 50 g (1/4 cup) pecan nuts toasted & chopped
For the syrup glaze
- Juice 1 small orange
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 oz (75 g) dark brown soft sugar
For the Icing
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 2x 8 inch cake tins –lined with baking parchments
- Heat the oven to 180 °C (350 F)
- Combine the oil, eggs and sugar and whisk until sugar dissolved.
- Sift the flour, mixed spice and cinnamon and stir in
- Add all the other ingredients and combine
- Pour equal amounts into each cake tin and put in the oven for about 30 mins…you are looking for a springy but firm feeling…put a skewer in to check cooked through.
- Melt the sugar and juices together, pierce each of the cakes with a skewer, and pour the syrup over.
- Leave to cool (I leave in the fridge overnight)
- In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency
- Sandwich the cakes together with half the icing and cover the top with the rest.
- You can toast some coconut for the top for decoration….delicious…..!!!!