Nutty carrot cake

  • Total Time

    1h 35m
    • Prep Time

      20m
    • Bake Time

      1h 15m
  • Serves

    10
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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So easy to make, this carrot cake has a spiced nutty sponge topped with an orange cream cheese icing and is perfect for a coffee morning with friends or a spring time treat.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan, gas mark 2) Lightly grease and line a 13x23cm loaf tin with baking paper.

  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, add the oil, sugar, grated carrot, chopped nuts and orange zest.

  3. Sift in the dry ingredients and beat the mixture together until well mixed.

  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1-1 1/4 hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool in the tin and when cool enough to handle remove from the tin. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

  6. For the icing, beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar and most of the finely grated orange zest and mix to combine. The icing should be smooth and quite thick.

  7. Spread the icing evenly over the cooled cake and sprinkle with the remaining orange zest. Leave to set slightly and then cut into slices to serve.

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