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A rather pleasing carrot cake with lime mascarpone icing

The gorgeous cream cheese icing for this exceedingly good carrot cake recipe is an absolute treat

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250 g unsalted butter, softened
250 g light brown soft sugar
5 large free-range eggs
1 zest and juice of orange
170 g self-raising flour, sifted
1 slightly heaped teaspoon baking powder
100 g ground almonds
100 g walnuts, shelled and chopped , plus a handful for serving
1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
250 g carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
sea salt


120 g mascarpone
- 220 g cream cheese
- 85 g icing sugar through a sieve
- zest and juice of two limes


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease and line a 22cm-square cake tin or a round equivalent with greaseproof paper. Beat the butter and sugar together by hand or in a food processor until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks one by one, and add the orange zest and juice. Stir in the sifted flour and baking powder, and add the ground almonds, walnuts, spices and grated carrot and mix together well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff, then gently fold them into the cake mix. Scoop the mixture into the prepared cake tin and cook in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes until golden and risen. You can check to see if the cake is cooked by poking a cocktail stick into it. Remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean the cake is cooked; if slightly sticky, it needs a bit longer, so put it back in the oven. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out on to a rack and rest for at least an hour.

Mix all the icing ingredients together and spread generously over the top of the cake. Finish off with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.







Added by: Andreea-Maria Trandaf

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