Sylvia's very moist carrot cake

Sylvia's very moist carrot cake


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About this recipe: I have a few books of baking, one of them is the very famous book by Nigella Lawson, which gave me the main idea of how a carrot cake should taste. Then I found a recipe from another book, the Hamlyn chocolate recipes. There is a page of making white chocolate muffins with natural bio yoghurt. I make some muffins out of that recipe, and this week, by combining the recipes from both books, here comes this healthy carrot cake.

zjphsy Bedfordshire, England, UK

Serves: 6 

  • 75g muscovado sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 75g sunflower oil (or butter)
  • 150g natural bio yoghurt or Greek yoghurt
  • 160g self-raising flour
  • 25g cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • zest of 1/2 an orange
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspon vanilla extract
  • 150g grated carrots
  • 12 walnut halves (optional)
  • 50g desiccated coconut (optional)
  • For the icing
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • cocoa powder for dusting

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:25min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas mark 2. Grease and flour 2 sandwich tins (around 18cm to 21cm diameter).
  2. Beat the sugar, egg and oil together until smooth. Then stir in yoghurt.
  3. Sift the flour and cornflour together. Stir in cinnamon.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, add the zest of lemon and orange, vanilla extract and, if using, the walnuts and coconut. Fold everything carefully until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared tins. Carefully drop the tins on a hard surface to let the air out.
  5. Bake the cakes for 10 minutes then turn up the temperature to 190 C / Gas mark 5 for another 10 minutes. Cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool cakes completely before icing.
  6. For the icing, mix together the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Spread on top of one cake, then lay the second cake on top. Spread icing over both and dust with cocoa powder if desired.

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Something else. you can add pineapple juice or lime juice instead of the orange juice. i am sure there wont be a very different taste. just depends on what you have in hand - 15 Nov 2008


Apple or Pineapple instead of Orange juice? Have I missed something? - 24 Nov 2008

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