Carrot cake loaf

    1 hour 20 min

    A moist carrot cake using sunflower oil instead of butter! The cream cheese icing can be used on top or as a filling.

    Derbyshire, England, UK
    218 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 175g wholemeal self-raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
    • pinch of salt
    • 150ml (1/4 pint) sunflower oil
    • 175g soft light brown sugar
    • 3 medium eggs
    • 100g rasins or currants
    • 250g carrots, peeled and grated
    • Topping
    • 200g cream cheese
    • few drops vanilla extract
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons icing sugar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare a 1kg (2lb) loaf tin, buttered and lined with a strip of baking parchment.
    2. To make the carrot cake: Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder, spice and salt.
    3. Then stir in all the remaining ingredients until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake in the centre of the oven until it is firm to the touch (a skewer should come out clean after being inserted into the middle).
    5. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
    6. To make the topping - Beat together the cream cheese and vanilla extract. Add icing sugar to taste.
    7. Spread onto the cake with a spatula or cut the loaf in half and use the topping as a filling.

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    lovely moist cake. Also try using just cinnamon instead of mixed spice and add grated orange rind and pecans or walnuts in place of sultanas/raisins. Use an orange glaze whilst still warm for an everyday, lower fat cake and use cream cheese icing for special days. Altogether yummy.  -  12 Feb 2013


    For me, I found this was too spicy in relation to other carrot cake recipes. My kids love catrot cake but they wasn't too sure. Like others, I think just a little cinnamon or just one teaspoon of mixed spice would be more than enough.  -  22 Dec 2014


    easy peasy and tasted great  -  05 Jun 2015