The ultimate all-in-one Carrot Cake

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All-in-one carrot cake

 

Most people love carrot cake and my family are no exception. I experiment a lot with different recipes and variations on new one, but I have been very loyal to a Mich Turner carrot cake for years. It includes rum soaked raisins, and coconut and it has become something of a signature bake. It now has a rival and while it features in an old Thermomix Fast and Easy Cooking book,I had never tried it. A lot of people are deterred from making a carrot cake because there are so many ingredients, some have to be grated, others, sieved, and all weighed. You know I won't let you use cups! Anyhow with a Thermomix chuck it all into the bowl and 40 seconds later you can tip it out into prepared pans and bake. I was sooo sceptical that it would look beautiful, and taste even better, but I was so wrong. I have added a few twists so the ingredients are a little different. I love to bake in different shapes and sizes of pans and because I like to freeze a lot of baked goods, I poured half the mixture into muffin cases. Perfect without a frosting and better for your waistline.

carrot cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

300g carrots scrubbed or peeled and cut into large chunks

3 eggs

300g soft brown sugar

160g sunflower oil (you can substitute softened butter if you prefer)

200g plain/all purpose flour ( I used a 50/50 mix of plain and wholemeal)

50g ground almonds/almond meal

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/ baking soda

40g desiccated coconut (optional)

Grated zest of an orange

2tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp salt

½ tsp nutmeg

I use mixed spice ( it's a super mix of cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg and caraway) I realise it's not widely available

1 tsp vanilla extract

60g pecans

160g crushed pineapple , well drained and squeezed on kitchen paper (tinned crushed pineapple is hard to find in UK, so just drain chunks well and fork though

 

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F

Prepare tins) this will make a deep 20cm/8″ or 2 sandwich tins, or a variation of your choice.

 

Thermomix method

Weigh all ingredients (except pecans and crushed pineapple) into TM bowl and mix Sp 6 for 30 seconds (peek through the lid, you'll see if that's enough when you scrape down with a spatula – you don't want lumps of carrot!)

Add pecans and pineapple and mix sp 6 for another couple of seconds

Tip into prepared tins and bake in preheated oven

One deep cake will take 60-75 minutes. Sandwich tins and muffins less, around 20 minutes for muffins and 30-35 for shallow bakes. Secret is to set you timer for five minutes before you think it will be done.

Check for doneness- skewer should come out clean.

 


I made this in the Thermomix, but you could make a delicious version in a stand mixer.

Orange cream cheese frosting snare the finishing touches of choice for many carrot cakes, a tub of cream cheese, grated zest of an orange and a spoonful of icing/powdered sugar usually does it.

Happy baking

Anne

 

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla http://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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