Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 1 cake
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This is the first time in some years I have cooked carrot cake from scratch but is proved as simple as ever. I tried to reduce sugar so went looking for a recipe that was a bit lighter on sugar, then adapted it..
Ingredients
  • 1 cup self-raising flower
  • 1¼ cups plain flower
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrot ( for me this is about 6 medium carrots )
  • 1 cup granulated sugar ( I use raw granulated )
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar ( I use dark brown sugar )
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • Icing:
  • 180g cream cheese, softened ( or about ¾ cup )
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar ( i use castor sugar )
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
  3. Combine flour, ground cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Add grated carrot, tossing through with a fork until evenly combined.
  5. Place granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl.
  6. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined.
  7. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  9. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  10. Take a 200 mm circular spring baking pan, grease very lightly, can put two layers of baking paper on the botton, and a layer of baking paper around the inside ring.
  11. Pour or spoon mix into the pan coated with cooking spray.
  12. Bake at 180°C for half an hour to an hour, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. It is good to test as the time can vary significantly depending on the oven.
  13. Cool cake completely on a wire rack.
  14. Icing:
  15. Place soft cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a medium bowl.
  16. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
  17. Gradually add castor sugar, beating at medium speed until combined (don't overbeat).
  18. Spread icing thickly over top of cake.

 

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