Carrot & Pecan Cake

A perfect cake to bake & enjoy during the Easter holiday, serve in generous slices with an afternoon cup of tea.

  • 225g soft light brown sugar
  • 250mls sunflower oil
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g carrots, peeled & grated
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 70g pecans, toasted & chopped
For the icing:
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 120g full fat cream cheese
  • 420g icing sugar, sifted
  • 30g pecans, toasted & chopped

Follow these steps

  • Preheat the oven to 180degC/160degC fan then grease and base line two 20cm round cake tins with baking paper
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil and eggs until the mixture thickens slightly and is pale in colour. Add the grated carrots and mix well.
  • Fold the flour, spices and chopped pecans into the mix then divide evenly between the two prepared cake tins. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean.
  • Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing beat the butter and cream cheese together for about a minute until creamy. Beat in the icing sugar in two stages to form a smooth icing. Sandwich the two cakes together with half the icing, then spread the remaining icing on top. Scatter the chopped pecans around the edge of the cake to finish.
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