Sunday, 13 February 2011

Carrot and orange cake

A little bit of baking today, with a little help from the nephew with the grating of the carrots.
This moist cake is not overly sweet, so if you want you can spread the top with a little sweetened cream cheese, flavoured with a little orange.
Carrot and orange cake
Serves 6 – 8
125g butter
125g granulated sugar
2 eggs
250g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
250g carrots, grated
75g sultanas
Juice and zest of 1 orange
Preheat oven to Gas mark 4.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and gently fold in, then quickly stir in the remaining ingredients.
Spoon the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch lined and greased tin. Bake for 1 – 1 ½ hour on middle shelf. Leave for 10 -15 minutes before turning out. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. Oh I love carrot cake and the addition of orange sounds amazing - looks delicious!

  2. Mangocheeks, I take it you meant "Cool on a wire rack", not "Cook..."? I have vu=isions of the mixture dripping through the wire rack onto the floor of the oven!! Sounds like a yummy recipe in any event. I would definitely go for the cream cheese topping.

  3. I love that you can still see the shreds of carrot. This must surely mean that each slice counts as one of your five-a-day!

  4. Thank you Amy.
    The orange is not particularly strong.

    Thanks Mark,
    I've corrected the typo :)
    Cream cheese would have given the cake another dimension, I just didn't have any at home to do so, so plain it had to be. Still pretty good though.

  5. Thank you Just Gai.
    Thats why I had to slice it!
    Yes, I agree I'd certainly count it as one of my five a days.

  6. It looks so yummy and I love the addition of sultanas in your cake! Do you presoak them in some liquid or just add them to the batter? Thank you for sharing :)

  7. Carrot and orange make a great coupling, this looks delicious! I also like that it's not so sweet. Wouldn't mind a drop of icing though :p

  8. Thanks Mateja.
    I didn't presoak the sultanas and just added them to the batter. I do think it woudd have been a good idea though - perhpas in the orange juice.

    Thanks Hazel.
    The icing would have certainly sweetened it more :)

  9. A lovely cake...thanks for sharing!

  10. yum, that looks so tasty--carrot cake sounds really good right now. i've never had sultanas before.

  11. Thanks Michelle.

    Your so welcome Theanne.

    Thank you Emily.
    I'm very surprised to learn that you have not had sultanas, they are available here everywhere, usually right next to the raisins and dried fruit.

  12. I love it, and that rabbit enjoying his carrot.

  13. Thank you Kath.
    The rabbit frequents quite a bit on my blog.

  14. Yum....carrot and orange is a wonderful flavor mix.

  15. Oh my - how we love carrot cake! Happy Valentines Day!

  16. Thank you so much affectioknit.
    Happy Valentines Day to you too.

  17. So easy recipe and I just love carrot cakes! I'll try to make it if I find some time.

  18. Thank you Lela.
    There are so many carrot cake recipes, this is just one of them. If you want you can also add 50g walnuts to the mix.

  19. That looks so good! And I love the bunny on top! I've got a soft spot for bunnies!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family! If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!


  20. Thank you so much Mary.
    Happy Valentines to you too.
    I'm coming right on over :)

  21. Sounds so scrummy I think I will give your recipe a go at the weekend and that is saying something 'cos I don't usually do cakes lol. I have forwarded your blog details to my sis as she was well impressed with your recipes.
    We had a lovely week in Perthshire - beautiful scenery stayed 20 miles from Aberfeldy near Loch Rannoch.

  22. Hi there Jane,
    So pleased to read that this cake has tempted you somewhat, that you may just make at the weekend:)
    It is a lovely recipe, if you do make it - you can if you wish add 50g chopped walnuts to the mix, I would have but did not have any at home.
    Glad you enjoyed your time in Scotland, i do hope the weather wasn't too mean. Its been pretty wet and miserable lately, especially in the West Coast where I live :(
    Thanks for forwarding my blog details to your sis - who knows I may receive a comment from her.

  23. Beautiful cake i replaced butter with Sunflower Oil... thank you.Good work !

  24. why does my cake become stick on the top?


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