A Festive Carrot Cake

I made this enormous cake to be shared between my colleagues on the last few days of work before Christmas.  But, as I mentioned before, the weather turned bitterly cold that week and the snow came down so heavily that we got not one, not two but three whole days off school.   That left just me and the carrot cake snowed in and staring at each other.  Only one of us came out of it alive. 🙂

My version of  carrot is adapted from Nigel Slater’s ever popular recipe (most recently published in Tender).  I’ve given it a creamier frosting though and some Christmassy twists.  Think the ruby cranberrys and green pisachios make it look as lovely as it tastes.

Festive Carrot Cake

(serves 12)

200ml ground nut oil

250g musavado sugar

150g finely grated carrots

Juice of half a lemon

100g shelled, unsalted pisachio nuts

100g dried cranberries

250g self raising flour

1/2 tspn bicarbonate of soda

1 tspn baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/2 tspn ground nutmeg

1 tspn ground cinnamon

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

  • In a large bowl, beat the oil and sugar until well combined.  Add the egg yolks gradually followed by the carrot, pistachios (reserve a few for the top of cake), cranberries (reserve a few of these too) and lemon juice.  Ensure these ingredients are well combined.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff.  Set aside.
  • Sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt into the wet mixture.  Mix until the flour is no longer visible.
  • Use a metal spoon to fold the egg whites into the mixture gently.
  • Divide the mixture between two buttered 22cm cake tins lined with baking paper.
  • Bake in a 180 oC oven for 40 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool slightly before removing from tins and cooling completely.  While waiting, make the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

400g cream cheese

200g mascapone cheese

Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

150g icing sugar

  • Combine all the ingredients until smooth. 
  • Use 1/4 of the frosting between the two cake layers and roughly splat the rest all over the outside of the cake.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and cranberries.


6 thoughts on “A Festive Carrot Cake

  1. Oh Wendy, you know my weakness for your mouth watering cakes! This will be my first cake to be baked in 2010. Thank you very much and best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

  2. Helen – Enjoy! And a Happy New Year to you too. 🙂

    Pia – Gave Marco lots of smooches which he was VERY appreciative of. Same to Malte please!

    Johanna – It was tough but I struggled through it… Hope you had a wonderful time too.

    Trekkie – Same to you and yours. 🙂

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