Two layers of moist carrot cake, sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting, dusted and cinnamon and sprinkled with chopped walnuts. A classic bake, perfect for your Easter Sunday celebrations.
Ingredients (makes a two layer 8inch cake)
300g soft light brown sugar
4 medium eggs, at room temp
300ml sunflower oil
150g self-raising flour
150g wholemeal self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
300g carrots, grated
Zest of a large orange
100g walnuts, chopped
For the cream cheese frosting:
100g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
200g icing sugar
35g unsalted butter, at room temperature
Cinnamon, for dusting
20g extra walnuts, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line two 8inch round baking tin with greaseproof paper.
Put the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl and beat until all the ingredients are well mixed (don’t worry if it looks slightly split). In a separate bowl combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest.
Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry and continue to beat until everything is just combined (be careful not to over mix). Finally, fold in the grated carrot, sultanas and chopped walnuts.
Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins, tapping them lightly on the side to remove any air bubbles, and bake in the oven for 35-40 mins until the cake has turned a golden colour and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to completely cool before removing the cakes from the tins.
Once the cake is cooled, make your frosting by first beating the butter with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Next, drain off any excess liquid from the cream cheese then beat into the butter until just combined. *Be careful not to over beat as this will make the cream cheese loosen and too liquid* Finally, sift in half the icing sugar and beat together, add the remaining icing sugar and mix again.
Spread half of the frosting on top of one of the cakes, place the other on top and repeat. Finish by dusting the cake with cinnamon and dotting the walnuts on top of the cake.