Salams all…you’re all probably wondering if I’ve given up on this blog…no I haven’t…I’ve just had the most crazy few months after Ramadhan, family weddings and just life generally has been crazy hectic..I’ve hardly had time to make anything different and exciting. Last weekend I managed to get a few spare hours and as I had been craving Carrot cake decided to make that. This recipe was given to me by my aunt and it’s one of the moistest carrot cake I’ve had…packed with lovely walnuts with a subtle hint of cinnamon…
600g Light Brown Sugar
600ml Sunflower Oil
600g Plain Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger Powder
Half tsp Vanilla Essence
200g Chopped Walnuts
600g Grated Carrots
300g Icing Sugar
150g Cream Cheese
Place the oil, sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined, add the flour, and all the other dry ingredients except the grated carrots and walnuts and beat again until thoroughly mixed. Stir the carrots and walnuts into the mix.
Line and grease 2 large or 4 small cake tins and equally pour in the cake mix. Bake at Gas Mark 3/Electric 170 for 30/35 minutes until baked, insert a knife or skewer in the middle of the cake to make sure it’s cooked. Turn out the cakes onto a wire rack and cool completely.
For the icing, thoroughly beat the 3 ingredients until smooth and spreadable, spread evenly onto the cakes and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
TIP: Grate the carrots in a food processor with the grater attachment…makes life easier
All the ingredients ready for baking
Finely grate the carrots (food processor is quicker if you have a grater attachment)
Mix together the brown sugar, eggs and oil
Add all the dry ingredients and vanilla essence
Thoroughly mix the wet and dry ingredients before adding the carrots and walnuts
Add the grated carrots and walnuts
Mix everything thoroughly
Pour into lined caked tins
Bake for 30-35 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and it’s golden (at this point your kitchen will smell amazing)
Spread the cream cheese frosting on and sprinkle some more chopped walnuts
Cut into even slices and it’s All Ready!!
And now to enjoy with a nice cup of Karak Chai mmmmm