Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Carrot Cake with Zingy Orange Icing



 This morning I baked this lovely, moist carrot cake...  As we didn’t have any cream cheese in the house for a traditional carrot cake icing, I decided to rather make an orange icing to drizzle over the top...

For the Cake...

160ml Sunflower oil
200ml Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
150g finely grated carrot
50g Walnuts, chopped
150g Cake flour
10ml Baking powder
2.5ml Bicarbonate of Soda
5ml Ground cinnamon
1ml Nutmeg
1ml Ground cloves
1 Orange, zest only

Grease a 20x20cm square cake pan.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  In a large bowl, beat together the oil and sugar.  Add beaten eggs, a little at a time, beating continuously.  Stir in grated carrot and chopped walnuts.  Fold sifted dry ingredients into wet mixture and mix thoroughly.  Pour into cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  



For the Icing...

Juice and zest of 1 orange
150-170g icing sugar, sifted
Walnuts, to decorate

In a bowl, combine the orange juice and zest with 150g of the icing sugar.  If the icing is too runny, add the remaining 20g of icing sugar and mix well.  Once the cake is completely cool, pour the icing in the middle and leave to run down the sides...  Sprinkle the walnuts over the top and serve with a pot of tea...


~ I do hope you enjoy ~

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Blessings,

 

18 comments:

Sarah said...

Your carrot cake looks delicious! I love the idea of making an orange icing.

-Sarah

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you, Sarah! I always appreciate your visits! Blessings, Kelly-Anne

Ginger Girls said...

Ohhhh yummy! This looks delicious.

Sapphire

gentlejoy said...

This looks so good! We enjoy moist cakes and carrot is one of our favorites.... I like the idea of your "substitute" frosting also - sounds yummy. Thank you for posting this. :)

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you Sapphire!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you so much for your visit! I must say, I was surprised at how good the orange icing was with this cake...I think I may even prefer it to the more traditional cream cheese one:). Blessings, Kelly-Anne

salomedutoit said...

Oh tasty. There's something about carrot cake that just always goes down so well.
You seem like a real baker.
Take care.

salomedutoit said...

Carrot cake just has a special taste. You seem like a real baker.
I enjoyed visiting your blog and I hope I will visit again often.
Blessings

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Dear Salome, thank you for taking the time to leave me such a sweet comment:-). Blessings to you!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Oh dear! Looks asthough your came through twice, Salome! I replied to the one above! Blessings to you too! Kelly-Anne

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my, I really love oranges so this sounds really good! Good for you - baking cakes and participating in other homemaking fun.
Have a wonderful week!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Ooh! I do hope you try it! And thank you so much for your kind comment! Blessings, Kelly-Anne

Tane Hannah said...

It looks SO delicious. I really must try this. :) And I think I will.
Wonderful post, Kelly! I love carrot cake.
Tane ♥

Hannah said...

This looks absolutely delicious, Kelly! I'm tempted to make it right now!
By the way, I awarded you on my blog, so if you would like, feel free to check it out.:)
Blessings,
Hannah

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you for stopping by, Hannah! Carrot cake is a "weakness" of mine I'm afraid:). And thank for awarding me! I am honoured! Blessings!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Thank you, Tane! I hope you try it...this has been a favourite recipe in our home for some time now:). And do let me know if you do and how it turned out! Lots of love, Kelly

JES said...

I love this idea since this frosting is way more economical than buying cream cheese! And you wouldn't have to skimp on the flavor! I am going to try this :) Thanks for linking up with us Kelly-Anne!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Dear JES - thank you:). Your visits are always most appreciated! Blessings to you, Kelly-Anne