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Carrot Cake Squares

Submitted by Grace Templar
This recipe is in categories Baking, Party food, Picnic
About this recipe
Healthiness : (126 votes)
Difficulty:  2 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: Care needed with the oven and when cutting the icing for the carrots decoration.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Number of servings: 16 squares
Serving suggestions: Lovely dunked in milk!
This is a vegetarian recipe

This is a slightly different take on carrot cake, with a fun decoration. Using a mix of wholemeal and white flour makes it a little healthier.
  • 100g wholemeal self-rasing flour
  • 150g white self-rasing flour
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 250g carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 150g reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 180g icing sugar and yellow, red and green ready-rolled icing, to decorate
Making and cooking it
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  1. Preheat the oven
  2. Sift both types of flour into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve
  3. Using a wooden spoon stir in the baking powder, mixed spice , light muscovado sugar and carrots
  4. Add the eggs and oil then stir until mixed together
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth top with the back of the spoon 
  6. Bake for 50 minutes until golden brown
  7. Remove from the oven and leave for ten minutes, then place a wire rack on top and carefully turn out the cake
  8. When the cake is cool, beat the cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy
  9. Chill for ten minutes
  10. Spread the icing over the cake and smooth using a palette knife , then cut into 16 squares
  11. Mix together the yellow and red icing to make orange then roll into 16 carrot shapes to top each square
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Name: Janet Sage 18th May 2017
Thank you for sorting out the sugar.
Is the butter needed?
With the addition of 100g sultanas, this could be cooked as the 'Licence to Cook' carrot muffins/ small cakes, I would have thought.
Name: Janet Sage 27th April 2017
I used to teach Licence to Cook recipes at KS3 and your Carrot Muffins were always a great success with Year 7. I am disappointed that you now have Apple and Carrot Muffins (with far too many ingredients for the average child to provide) and a recipe for Carrot Cake with no sugar in it (which you were advised about in 2015!). It almost makes me glad that I have retired!
[We have now added the sugar to the recipe, our sincere apologies for not sorting it out sooner! E2BN]
Name: Julie 17th April 2015
There is no sugar in the ingredients but mentions muscovado sugar in method
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