Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A mildly sweet afternoon tea incorporating a serve of vegetables.

carrot cake with cream cheese

Ingredients

Serves 18

Cake

Canola oil spray

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

500g carrots, grated

30g desiccated coconut

30g pecans OR walnuts, chopped

80g sultanas

2 eggs

½ cup apple juice

1 cup low fat milk

Frosting

200g reduced fat cream cheese

3 tbsp sugar

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Lightly spray a loaf tin with oil and line with baking paper.
  2. Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a large bowl. Add carrot, coconut, nuts and sultanas and mix well.
  3. In a jug, beat eggs. Add apple juice and mix well. Then add milk, and stir until well combined.
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed. Pour batter into prepared loaf tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool cake in tin for a few minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, sugar and lemon zest together until smooth. Spread mix evenly over cake. Decorate with nuts, grated carrot or lemon zest if desired.

Time

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Good nutrition is essential for the health and wellbeing of young children. We are proud to partner with NAQ Nutrition, the Qld Division of Nutrition Australia, by producing recipes that are healthy, delicious and aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

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