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Hummingbird Bakery Carrot Cake
This carrot cake is so easy to make and looks delicious once finished
This carrot cake is so easy to make and looks delicious once finished. It’s a real crowd pleaser, so you might want to buy enough ingredients to make more. Not only does it taste divine, but you’ve got some of your 5 a day in there too; bonus!
300g Soft Light Brown Sugar
300ml Sunflower Oil
300g Plain Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon, plus extra to decorate
½ tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Carrots, grated
100g Shelled Walnuts/ Pecans, chopped, plus extra, chopped and whole, to decorate
1 Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3.
2 Put the sugar, eggs and oil in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Slowly add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well mixed.
3 Stir in the grated carrots and walnuts with a spoon, then pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown and the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in the tins before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
4 When the cake is cold, spread over the cream cheese icing.
5 Finish with chopped walnuts and a light sprinkling of cinnamon.
Cream cheese frosting
300g icing sugar, sifted
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g cream cheese, cold
1 Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
2 Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed.
3 Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy- for at least 5 minutes. Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
Recipe: Hummingbird Bakery