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Carrot Cake Traybake


I love a carrot cake and this one is lovely and light and the icing with orange blossom water is pretty special too!!


I really don't like the heavy and dense carrot cakes you can buy - I prefer a lighter version and this is the same recipe as my cake and muffin versions. This one is quicker and easier to make but tastes just as good!




Both my sons love carrot cake so this is a perfect bake when I want to make a cake they will both enjoy and it's quick to make too.


The icing is cream cheese and I have added orange blossom water as it really does make the icing something special. To finish I used some roughly chopped walnuts for decoration and a bit of crunch.


Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade (150 fan) and grease and line a 9x9 inch (23x23cm) tin with parchment paper.



Put the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract in the bowl of a standmixer and whisk together.



Add the soft light brown sugar, flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, ginger, cinnamon, orange zest, carrots and walnuts to the egg mixture.


Mix until fully incorporated.



Put the mixture into the prepared baking tin.



Place in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.



Leave to cool in the tin.



Next to make the icing, cream the butter and icing sugar with the orange blossom water until light and fluffy.



Finally add the cream cheese so it is just incorporated.



Spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake using a spatula.



Then sprinkle with the chopped walnuts to finish.




Carrot Cake Traybake

Sarah’s servings: 16

Sarah's skill: Easy

Baking time: 40 minutes


Ingredients:

Cake

185g Vegetable Oil

185g Soft light brown sugar

2 Large eggs

1tsp Vanilla extract

185g Self raising flour

1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp Ground Mixed spice

1/2 tsp Ground ginger

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Zest of an orange

200g Grated carrot

50g Roughly chopped walnuts


Icing

75g Soft unsalted butter

75g Sieved Icing sugar

165g Cream cheese

1 tsp Orange blossom water

30g Roughly chopped walnuts to decorate


Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade (150 fan).

  2. Line a 9x9 inch (23x23cm) tin with parchment paper.

  3. Put the vegetable oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in the bowl of a standmixer and whisk together.

  4. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, ginger, cinnamon, orange zest, carrots and walnuts and mix until fully incorporated.

  5. Put the cake mixture in the prepared tin and place in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  6. Leave to cool in the tin.

  7. Next to make the icing cream the butter and icing sugar with the orange blossom water until light and fluffy.

  8. Finally add the cream cheese so it is just incorporated.

  9. Spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts to finish.






Sarah’s extra slice……


You could use pecan nuts instead of walnuts if you prefer.


You can buy ready made carrot shapes in most supermarkets to decorate instead of the walnuts.


I used Orange blossom water in my icing but you could use vanilla extract if you don’t have any.


The tin and baking parchment I used was


The orange blossom and spatula I used for the icing was


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2 Comments


Guest
Sep 06, 2023

This is my go to traybake cake for both flavour and versatility. I've tried it as the recipe states, with carrot, and I've also subbed the carrot for butternut squash - both of which work perfectly. Not only is it a lovely and moist cake, it's incredibly light and quick to make too.

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Sarah L Samuels
Oct 16, 2023
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That’s brilliant - thanks for letting me know.

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