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Olive Oil, Carrot and Raisin Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosted topping.

Olive Oil, Carrot and Raisin Cake with a cream cheese frosted topping.

A beautiful moist Olive Oil cake. Perfectly matched in flavour with freshly grated carrot and plump raisins steeped in orange juice and zest.

Ingredients

50g raisins

Zest of one medium orange

3 tablespoons (approx) of orange juice

125g self raising flour

100g wholemeal self raising flour

Half teaspoon ground mixed spice

150g soft dark brown sugar

200g grated carrots ( approx. two medium carrots)

2 medium eggs (lightly beaten)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

150ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Frosting

100g butter softened

50g Orange flavoured Sugar and Crumbs Icing sugar ( sieved)

180g Full fat cream cheese

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix together the raisins, orange zest and orange juice. Leave to one side to plump up the raisins. About 20 – 30 mins

Preheat the oven to 170deg fan assisted. Grease and line the base of a shallow 29cm x 19 cm oblong tin or similar. At least 2cm/1ins deep.

Sieve the flour and spices together into a large mixing bowl.

Add the sugar and carrots. Mix until well combined.

Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil, eggs, vanilla extract and orange juice soaked raisins. Add any residual orange juice that hasn’t been soaked up by the raisins.

Mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula, until well combined and evenly mixed.

Pour the cake mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Bake for 25 -30 mins in the centre of the oven or until baked. Testing the centre of the cake, in different areas, with a skewer until it comes out clean.

Leave in the tin to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling make the frosting.

Using an electric mixer. Mix together the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.

Using a wooden spoon or spatula add the cream cheese. Mix until just  combined.

Do not over beat or the mixture will become too runny.

When the cake is completely cooled, spread the frosting over the top.

Add a decorative zig zag pattern using a fork.

Keywords: Olive Oil, Carrot, Raisins, Orange Frosting