Easy Homemade Carrot Cake
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Serves: 1 large cake (serves 12)
  • For the cake:
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 5 large free range eggs
  • 500g freshly shredded carrots (I used a food processor)
  • 75g toasted walnuts
  • 75g toasted pecans
  • 80g raisins
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of half an orange
  • For the frosting:
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 250g marscapone cheese
  • 300-400g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  1. For the cake:
  2. I baked my cake in two layers, in two separate 9 inch sponge tins. Grease each tin well with vegetable oil before you begin, and preheat your oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients - the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger. Use a whisk to combine and stir until the whole thing is lump free.
  4. Next, in another smaller bowl or jug, measure out the vegetable oil and beat in sugars and five eggs, along with the vanilla extract.
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, then stir in the nuts, raisins and shredded carrots. Finally, add the orange zest and juice, and thoroughly stir to the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into your baking tins and bake until the cakes are golden brown on top and pulling away from the edges of the tins (depending on the size tin used).
  7. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.
  8. For the frosting:
  9. In a stand mixer or by hand, beat together the butter and icing sugar until it's formed a soft, fluffy buttercream. Add the cream cheese and marscapone and beat into the mixture, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice and zest. Pop your frosting into the fridge until you're ready to use it.
  10. When you're ready to decorate your cake, spread the frosting between the layers and around the sides, then dust with cinnamon and decorate it however you'd like to!
Recipe by Kerry Cooks at https://kerrycooks.com/easy-homemade-carrot-cake/