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Carrot Cake

Happy Birthday Nick!


Nick loves carrot cake. So when I asked him last year what cake he would like me to make for his birthday, he replied “A carrot cake, please”. This year I again asked him, what cake would you like for your birthday, and again I received the same answer, perhaps with a tiny bit of reluctance this time. For some reason he thought I may not want to make another carrot cake. It’s been one year since I made one and I certainly don’t think that’s too short a time between carrot cakes.

I have tried a few carrot cake recipes, although the brown sugar, cinnamon and golden syrup in this recipe produce a lovely flavour in the cake. I was a bit reluctant when I saw how much oil went into the cake, although it helps make the cake very moist.

I also added ½ cup of roughly chopped walnuts (another request from Nick). The walnuts suited the cake nicely, although there is much to be said about my icing… I am in need of practice and a few tips too.

One of my first attempts in icing a cake

This recipe is from Taste.com.au [1]– a website which I am constantly visiting or directed to when searching for recipes.

Carrot cake

Serves: 12
Olive oil, to grease
2 or 3 (about 300g) carrots
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (80g) brown sugar
3/4 cup (185ml) oil
1/2 cup (125ml) golden syrup
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

250g spreadable cream cheese
1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease a 20cm (base) round cake pan lightly with oil, and line with non-stick baking paper. Peel and grate the carrots, and set aside. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a large bowl.

Put the brown sugar, oil, golden syrup, eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl. Use a balloon whisk to mix until combined.

Mix the eggs with the oil, brown sugar and golden syrup

Mix the oil and sugar mix in with flour mix

Pour the oil mixture into the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir gently until just combined. Stir in the grated carrot.

Mix in the grated carrot and walnuts and pour into prepared pan

Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour. Set aside for 5 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nice and golden

To make the icing, place the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix until well combined.

Lovely and Moist

Spread the icing over the cake.

Part of Nick’s birthday present from me was a lemon tree, to be planted in the lovely gardens of our first home, when we move in very shortly. Hopefully we’ll get a lot of fruit from it to use in our cooking – savouries, sweets and drinks too.

Nick's Eureka Lemon Tree

My sister also wanted to get Nick a tree, their tree was already bearing the most fantastic fruit of all: A chocolate tree…

Nick's Lindt Chocolate Tree - all ready for harvest