Easy Carrot and Orange Cake

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I am featuring a number of new cake recipes on TV and I love this one.  The photos today are of the cake we made during the show, taken with a mobile phone, too hot to remove it completely out of the cake tin as time is very limited with live cooking.

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The cake is moist and the sweetness comes from the combination of the natural sugars added to the carrot, oranges and cinnamon.  You will need:

200g self raising flour
100g oats
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Mix these 5 ingredients together in a large bowl

180g grated carrots
Grated zest of 2 oranges

  • Mix these 2 ingredients together in another bowl 

75ml olive oil
200g golden raisins
4 eggs
Juice of 2 oranges

  • Blend these 4 ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and consistent

Preheat oven to 160C

Prepare a 23cm cake dish and grease it if necessary.

Organise the three sets of ingredients into 3 separate bowls.

The raising agents start to activate as soon as they come into contact with the liquid ingredients therefore work quickly for a light result and put the cake in the preheated oven as soon as the ingredients are mixed together.

Add the carrot mix to the flour mix and combine making sure that the carrots are covered with the flour.  Add the  blended liquids.  Fold in using a large metal spoon.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 35 minutes without opening the oven.  Check with a wooden skewer and if required bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes.  Mine was ready in 40 minutes but it depends on your oven and environmental conditions.

 During the show, I dusted some icing sugar and but at home we leave it without, without a trace of processed sugar.

Lea’s Good Food Everyday airs on Smash TV and you can also follow on facebook

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Fresh fruit and vegetables by Big Fresh Mosta, Oscar’s Fruit and Vegetables Paola and Barbuto for Organic.

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