This deliciously moist carrot cake recipe is finished of with a luxury cream cheese topping and is definitely one for a ‘cheat’ day if you are watching the calories. Although it’s perfect for the kids with the cream cheese topping and 1 of their five-a-day with the volume of grated carrot hidden inside. Get the kids to help you as this is a fairly easy recipe and there is a lot they can do (and learn) from this recipe.
I use sunflower or grapeseed oil instead of butter which makes mixing easier and more importantly keeps the cakes deliciously moist for a few days.
There is less flour in a carrot cake recipe than most other cake recipes and so the carbohydrate content from flour is less and made up instead of the carbohydrates from the carrots – much healthier!
I also use more grated carrot than most recipes as it helps with the moisture and well, it’s even healthier!
Makes 12 deep muffins or 24 cupcakes:
- 175g / 6 oz / 1 cup soft brown sugar
- 175ml / 6 fl oz sunflower oil (or grapeseed oil)
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 150g / 5 oz / 1 1/4 cups of plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- 240g / 8 1/2 oz / 1 3/4 cups grated carrot
- 1 tsp of orange essence / 1 tbsp of orange juice
- Luxury Cream Cheese Frosting
- Sprinkles to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C / 350 deg F / Gas Mark 4.
Line a 12 hole deep muffin pan with muffin paper cases.
In a large bowl, mix the sugar and the oil using a spatula. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
Sift the dry ingredients and add to the mix and beat together until combined.
Add the grated carrots to the batter and mix well.
Add 1 scoop (45ml / 3 tbsp) of mix to each of the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20 mins. Be careful to watch near to the end as they can burn. Test with a skewer and if still wet inside, then cover with greaseproof paper and cook for a little longer.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding the frosting.
You can make up the Luxury Cream Cheese Frosting while they cool. Add sprinkles if you wish.