Gluten free Easter carrot cake

    1 hour 45 min

    Start by making this delicious gluten-free carrot cake that uses ground hazelnuts and almonds instead of flour, then decorate it for Easter with cute bunnies and carrots made out of marzipan.

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    Makes: 1 carrot cake

    • Cake
    • 6 eggs, separated
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 100g soft brown sugar
    • 100ml vegetable oil
    • 400g carrots, peeled and grated
    • 200g ground hazelnuts
    • 200g ground almonds
    • 40g cornflour
    • pinch salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 100ml lemon juice
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons cherry brandy
    • To decorate
    • 200g marzipan
    • orange and brown food colouring
    • 20g pistachios, finely chopped
    • Icing
    • 250g icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • pinch cinnamon

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

      For the cake:

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C / Gas 3. Line a springform cake tin with baking paper and lightly grease the edges.
    2. Beat egg yolks, caster sugar and brown sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add oil and beat again. Finally, stir in the grated carrots.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine ground hazelnuts, ground almonds, cornflour and salt; stir into the carrot mixture. Add lemon juice and cherry brandy and stir well.
    4. In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into the cake batter. Pour into the cake tin and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.
    5. To decorate:

    6. Colour 1/2 the marzipan orange and form 12 small carrots. Use a knife to give them some texture. Use chopped pistachios to form the green tops.
    7. Colour 90g of the remaining marzipan brown and form two small rabbits. Use remaining marzipan to make eyes, teeth and whiskers.
    8. For the icing:

    9. Combine 250g icing sugar, 1 tablespoon golden syrup, 4 tablespoons milk and a pinch of cinnamon together in a bowl; mix well until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cake and decorate with the marzipan rabbits and carrots. Sprinkle over remaining pistachios.

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