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Carrot Cake…..Marie Antoinette approved!

I have an idea that carrot cake was popularised by hippies as an “approved” nutritious food, but most versions of carrot cake from hippidom were a big disappointment if you were craving real cake. This carrot cake eclipses all others I have ever eaten or baked.  It’s dense, moist, fruity, sweet and moreish with just a hint of spice. We eat it unembellished generally, but it’s equally good (some might argue better) with a lemon cream cheese topping. This cake, unlike most is best eaten the day after it is baked……. if you can resist. 

Ginger Carrot Cake

1 cup SR Flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/2 cup roughly chopped crytallised ginger
2/3 cup grape seed oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 160C

Grease and line a large loaf tin with baking paper.

Combine all the dry ingredients plus carrot, fruit and nuts together in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, pour in the eggs and oil, mix to thoroughly combine.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tin. Bake for approx 45 minutes, or until the centre springs back. Turn our of the tin and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

5 comments on “Carrot Cake…..Marie Antoinette approved!

  1. justbetweencousins
    March 18, 2012

    My family adores carrot cake…except for my 18 year old that swears I put bananas in it. He detests bananas! I will have to try this recipe if I can find all of the ingredients.
    Peach State

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    • Sandra
      March 18, 2012

      The cake is reasonably robust so I’m sure it would tolerate substitutions. 🙂 S

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  2. malcolm
    March 17, 2012

    As a test pilot for the photographed cake, it is delicious, moist yet textural. Sadly all my allotted pieces are gone, I couldn’t wait one more day…

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    • Sandra
      March 17, 2012

      I had to fight to get just one taste!

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      • leah
        March 17, 2012

        Gold! It seems like a variation of a carrot cake I made recently, but I’ll definately give this a shot. If I time the baking right you can help us to taste test at my house 🙂

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