Friday, August 20, 2010

Carrot Cake/Loaf

I love making sweets, to the point that I have to stop myself from making them everyday! I would have to open a bakery to fit them all in if I let myself go wild. 

One of my favourite things in the world is making cakes, and on the top of the list is a carrot cake. I have tweaked it so many times now, but this recipe is definitely a favourite. This recipe makes a loaf tin size, but you can make it in a round cake tin also.

2 carrots grated
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of mixed spice, I use 1/2 cinnamon, 1/2 nutmeg, dash of ground cloves.

50 grams golden raisins
70 grams of pistachio’s, roughly chopped.

3 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup golden syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla
Lime Icing
150 grams cream cheese
juice of 1 lime
4 tablespoons icing sugar
1 lime zested

Sift the flours, baking powder, and spice into a large bowl. Then add the pistachios, golden raisins and almond meal.

Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar, oil, golden syrup, vanilla. Beat untill brown sugar has dissolved. Takes about 2 minutes.

Add the wet ingredients to the flour bowl. Mix very lightly, with a spatula, but not completely. Then add the carrots and mix well.


                              Pour into the prepared cake tins and bake at 180c for about 45 minutes.

Mix the icing ingredients together and spread onto the cake. Enjoy! This cake is lovely without icing also. Anyone that knows me will laugh that I actually said that! 


  1. Wow, this cake looks amazing! I'm really keen to try it, as I've never made a carrot cake before. Usually they don't appeal to me over other cakes (not sure why). But this one looks tempting. The ingredients look perfect! I love the addition of almond meal and pistachio’s. Is it very carrot-y? Could you add even another carrot? My fiance loves carrot cake, so he'll be very happy!

    Heidi xo

  2. Hi Heidi, Thanks for your comment :) It is a really easy cake to make also, which I love. I'm sure your fiance will love it too. Carrot cake isn't like, banana or chocolate, the carrot acts more like a sweetener. You can add more for sure though. It won't really take on a more carroty taste, but it'll make it a little moister, either add a touch more flour, 1-2 tablespoons, or keep an eye on it and bake it for a little longer. I used 2 quite large carrots, and was happy with the result. Happy baking!


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