Ultimate Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    Ultimate Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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    About this recipe: This is a foolproof recipe for the best tasting carrot cake ever! It's moist, tender and oh-so-delicious. The cream cheese icing is really the icing on the cake. It's especially good for special occasions, such as birthdays. You can also use this recipe to make cupcakes or muffins, simply adjust the baking time accordingly.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 125ml olive oil
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 90g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 125g grated carrot
    • 60g chopped walnuts
    • For Decoration
    • 1 large carrot
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 125g cream cheese
    • 5 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 2 green jelly snakes

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:3hr cooling  ›  Ready in:3hr55min 

    1. Preheat oven 200 C / Gas 6. Lightly grease and line a cake tin.
    2. Combine oil, sugar and eggs in bowl and whisk to combine.
    3. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into egg mixture. Stir in carrots and walnuts and mix well.
    4. Spoon the cake batter into tin and bake for 25 minutes or until browned and skewer comes out clean.
    5. Stand in tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    6. To decorate, using a knife shape 8 small carrots out of larger one.
    7. Heat 3 tablespoons of sugar in pan until it melts and turns into toffee. Add baby carrots and coat. Turn out onto baking paper and refrigerate until the toffee set. Meanwhile, cut snakes to form the tops of carrots.
    8. Beat cream cheese and icing sugar until well combined. Spread over the cake. Place toffeed carrots and snake tops around cake.

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