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One – Mix Carrot Cake with Orange and Cream Cheese Frosting

June 22, 2015

Caring for Mummy

When mummy is not feeling well I automatically take on the added responsibility of looking after her.   It is so worrying when she doesn’t feel good so making her a lovely cake is my way of saying get well soon.  Obviously I don’t bake cakes when her tummy is upset but this cake is lovely for a lazy day in when recovering from a headache. I did not make the cake batter too heavy and just focused on the sweetness of the carrots. The icing was a nightmare to get right but I did the best I could and it ended up okay.  I got to use another cookbook too which I recently purchased so was happy.  Hurrah!

This recipe was taken from John Whaite’s John Whaite Bakes (Headline Publishing Group, 2013).

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Ingredients:

Cake: 220ml sunflower oil, 225g caster sugar, 4 eggs, 225g self – raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 200g finely grated carrot, 2 tsps mixed spice, zest one large onion, zest of one lemon.
Frosting: 80g butter, 450g icing sugar (sifted), orange zest, walnut halves to finish.

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Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
2. Put in all the ingredients for the cake in a large mixing bowl.
3. Using a wooden spoon beat the ingredients altogether.
4. Divide between the 2 tins to bake for 30 – 40 minutes.
5. When golden brown and springy to the touch remove from the oven to cool on wire racks.
6. To make the icing put the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter as through you were making a crumble mix.
7. Add the cream cheese and orange zest to make a smooth frosting.
8. Using the frosting to sandwich the layers of the cake and as a topping.
9. Decorate with walnut halves.

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