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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
 On Saturday night the house was quiet, Thomas had brought the little ones down to their grandparents in Co. Roscommon. My 14 year old asked if she could bake something to go with the ice-cream we had bought during the day so I suggested carrot cake. I do love carrot cake. I had just been given a break from the kids and the madness for the night so there was no way I was going into that kitchen. Poor Kirtee was left to cook by herself so when she realised she was missing a key ingredient she had to make a decision and replace the mapel syrup needed for the frosting with golden syrup. The result was that the cake was just to sweet to eat with ice-cream but delicious on its own with a cup of tea!

Carrot Cake with Golden Syrup Frosting

Per Serving 341 calories

Fat 19 g

Carbs 42 g

Protein 4 g


Carrot Cake with Golden Syrup Frosting


450g Peeled Carrots

11/2 Cups Plain Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

1/2tsp Baking Soda

1tsp Salt

2tsp Ground Cinnamon

4 Eggs

2tsp Vanilla Essence

1Cup dark brown Sugar

1/12 cup granulated sugar

300ml Sunflower Oil

115g Peanuts 

65g Raisins


75g Unsalted butter, at room temperature

375g Icing Sugar

50ml Maple Syrup


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven at 180°C. Line a 28 x 20cm/11 x 8in rectangular cake tin with non-stick baking paper and grease. Grate the carrots and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a bowl. Set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs until blended. Add the vanilla, sugars and oil and beat well to incorporate. Add the carrots, peanuts and raisins to the mixture, and fold in thoroughly.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake until the cake springs back when touched lightly, 40-45 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes, then unmould and transfer to a rack.
  6. For the frosting, cream the butter with half the sugar until soft. Add the syrup, then beat in the remaining sugar until blended.
  7. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake using a metal spatula.
  8. Cut into squares. 
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