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Carrot Cake

A soft, light and utterly gorgeous cake

carrot cake

carrot cake

a soft, light, utterly gorgeous cake
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: batch cooking, budget meals, cake, cheap family recipes
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 32
Cost per portion 5p
Calories: 150.21kcal
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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 orange
  • 320 g carrots grated
  • 200 g raisins
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 350 g self raising flour
  • 200 g sugar


  • Zest and juice the orange. Warm the orange juice in a saucepan and add the raisins to soak in it to plump up. Allow to cool.
  • keep the orange carcasses to use in making marmalade once you have made all the carrot cakes for the month
  • Warm oven to gas mark 4.
  • Blitz all other ingredients together in food processor or mix together in large bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour into 2 cake tins, papered or greased. Or use silicone ones if you have them.
  • Bake for 45 mins or until dark golden brown and springy in the centre to your touch.
  • Click here to start a 45 minute timer
  • Cut into 32 squares.


oven: 180C/160C fan/gas 4 You can make a half quantity of the carrot cake in an 8" square tin, cuts into 16 squares. It freezes well.
If you are following our planner you will make this 4 times in the month.
The salt value excludes any you have added yourself, as each family's tastes will differ
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Nutrition Facts
carrot cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150.21 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.03g11%
Saturated Fat 5.31g33%
Cholesterol 20.46mg7%
Sodium 16.74mg1%
Potassium 109.5mg3%
Carbohydrates 20.59g7%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugar 7.15g8%
Protein 2.3g5%
Vitamin A 1709.51IU34%
Vitamin C 3.11mg4%
Calcium 11.41mg1%
Iron 0.39mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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