- For the cake:
- 3 eggs
- 150ml Vegetable oil
- 200g Light brown sugar
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
- 340g Grated carrots
- 100g Raisins
- 100g Chopped walnuts
- 200g Self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- For the Orange blossom icing:
- 70g Kerrygold Pure Irish Unsalted Butter
- 300g Cream cheese
- 300g icing sugar , sifted
- Zest of one orange
- 1 tsp Orange blossom water
- For the carrot cake: beat the eggs in a large bowl, then add the oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, grated carrot, raisins and chopped walnuts.
- Sift in the rest of the dry ingredients and bring the mixture together using a wooden or large metal spoon until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, smooth the surface and bake in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If you’re using a ceramic baking dish then you’ll need to add 15 minutes to the cooking time.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the tin for about five minutes before removing. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
- For the orange blossom icing: beat the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl until well combined. Add the icing sugar, orange blossom water and finely grated orange zest and mix until the frosting is smooth and thick. Using a palette knife, spread the icing evenly over the cooled cake, dipping the knife into a bowl of hot water if the icing is hard to spread out.
- Decorate with orange zest on top of the icing.
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