Carrot Cake Recipe
This easy recipe makes a deliciously moist, lightly spiced cake that cuts well. The cream cheese icing is soft and creamy with a hint of lemon.
This recipe has been revised for use in a 20cm diameter round pan. If you'd like the old recipe (to fit a 20cm square cake pan), just send us an email.
Serves about 8-10.
We use a 20ml tablespoon and 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.
167ml (2/3 cup) oil (we use a mild-flavoured oil, such as sunflower)
2 large eggs (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence)
124g (1/2 cup) drained crushed pineapple (unsweetened)
180g (1 1/3 cups) finely grated carrot
80g (2/3 cup) chopped pecan nuts
295g (1 1/3 cups) caster sugar
200g (1 1/3 cups) plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
Extra chopped pecan nuts, for decorating
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced).
Grease the side and base of a 20cm diameter (inside top measurement) round cake pan. We use a springform pan for easy removal of the cake. Line base and side of the pan with non-stick baking paper.
Stir oil, eggs, vanilla, pineapple, carrot, pecans and caster sugar together in a large bowl. © exclusivelyfood.com.au
Sift in flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.
Stir until combined.
Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for 55-65 minutes. When the cake is ready, a thin-bladed knife or wooden skewer inserted into the centre of the cake will come out without any batter attached.
Cover cake with a clean tea towel and allow to cool in pan.
When cake has cooled, spread top and sides with cream cheese icing and sprinkle with extra pecans.
Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. We allow slices of the cake to come to room temperature before serving.
Cream Cheese Icing Recipe
60g cream cheese, softened
30g (1 1/2 tablespoons) butter, softened
2 teaspoons (10ml) fresh lemon juice
180g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar, sifted
Using an electric mixer or electric hand-held beaters, beat cream cheese, butter and lemon juice until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sifted icing sugar and beat until icing is smooth. © www.exclusivelyfood.com.au