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Are you mad about baking? If so, welcome to the new article series for foodies.

We've teamed up with BakingMad.com to bring you delectable desserts and bakery goodness in the form of simple, easy to follow recipes.

Carrot Cake by Mary Berry

Mary Berry carrot cake recipe is a wonderful version of this classic cake. A full-fat cream cheese frosting is the traditional topping, but here a low-fat soft cheese is suggested, and it tastes equally as good. If you prefer not to have frosting at all, spread with clear honey on top of the cake while it is hot from the oven, and sprinkles with chopped walnuts.

Mary Berry Carrot Cake
Total Time: 1 HR 5 MINS
Prep time: 15 MINS
Bake Time: 50 MINS
Serves: 10
Skill Level: EASY

Ingredients

  • 150ml Sunflower oil (plus extra for greasing)
  • 250g Self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 150g Unrefined light muscovado sugar
  • 60g Walnuts (chopped)
  • 125g Carrot(s) (grated)
  • 2 Banana(s) (ripe)
  • 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 1 tbsp Milk (whole)

For the cream cheese topping

  • 250g Low calorie cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 tsp Clear honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • Walnuts (chopped)
  • Pistachio nuts (finely chopped)


The Method

  1. Lightly grease an 18cm (7 inch) cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

  2. Combine all the cake ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until thoroughly blended. Turn into the prepared cake tin and level the surface.

  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 4) for about 50 minutes until the cake is well risen, firm to the touch, and beginning to shrink away from the side of the tin.

  4. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes. Turn out on to a wire cooling rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely.

  5. To make the topping mix together the cheese, honey and lemon juice. Spread on top of the cake and sprinkle the walnuts and pistachio nuts over the top. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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