Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe

16/03/2012
Being a kiwi is all about enjoying a great carrot cake for afternoon tea and snacks. Vitamin A from carrots is wonderful for eyesight and general health. The cream cheese icing is a must.

Serves 6 – 8

Being a kiwi is all about enjoying a good carrot cake for afternoon tea and snacks. Vitamin A from carrots is wonderful for eyesight and general health. The cream cheese icing is a must.

For the Best-Ever Carrot Cake, you will need:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Self Raising Flour
3/4 cup Wholemeal Flour
1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Caster Sugar
3 large Eggs
1 cup Rice Bran Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
3/4 cup chopped Walnuts
2 cups grated Carrot
1/2 cup Sultanas or Raisins
2 tablespoons Desiccated Coconut

Cream Cheese Icing:
125 g cream cheese, softened
50 g butter, softened
2 1/2 cups Icing Sugar

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.

2. Sift flours, spices and soda into a large mixing bowl.

3. Add all remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, don’t beat.

4. Line a 20-23 cm cake tin (6 cm deep) with baking paper and grease well. Pour cake mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Bake for one hour.

5. Remove your carrot cake from the oven and cool. Remove cake from cake tin and peel away paper. Spread top of cake with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing:
Beat all ingredients together until you get a smooth frosting consistency. Spread over the top of the carrot cake. Decorate with walnut halves and a collection of dried fruits (eg. raisins, sultanas, dried cranberries or currants).

Extra Carrot Cake hints:

- The best way to check your cake is cooked is to insert a skewer in to the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, take it out of the oven.

- 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts is one 70g bag of walnut pieces from the supermarket. We used Tasti brand.

- 1 cup of grated carrot is one peeled, large carrot.

- We very lightly beat the eggs before adding to the mixture.

- You can use other oil other than Rice Bran Oil, but we like the fact it reduces cholesterol absorption. A healthier carrot cake!

By Trudi Nelson, www.fresh.co.nz