Carrot and walnut bundt cake

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Oh cream cheese icing – why are you my nemesis? Why, every time I try to make you, do you turn into a runny mess instead of the thick icing you’re meant to be? I have tried on several occasions now to make cream cheese icing with not a lot of success. The only time I’ve really been successful was when I made Jo Wheatley’s carrot cake traybake. Every other time, I’ve ended up with runny icing that’s dripped off the cake or cupcakes I’ve made, to create a sea of icing. Sadly, this was another one of those situations. Luckily it wasn’t all bad and what it didn’t have in looks it made up for in its taste.
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Carrot cake traybake

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When our lovely admin lady at work offered me some carrots for my rabbit April – I gladly took her up on the offer whilst telling her that although some of them would find their way to April I would also be making carrot cake. I saw this Jo Wheatley recipe a while ago and thought it would be a good opportunity to try it out – especially as carrot cake is one of my colleague’s favourite cake.
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Carrot Cake

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I had never made a carrot cake until yesterday – shocking I know. There were two reasons for rectifying this situation. 1) On the last day of term at school we had lots of carrots left over from the free fruit and vegetables scheme for children in Key Stage 1 so I decided to grab some (thinking I’d actually feed them to the rabbit!) so I had plenty of carrots spare and 2) One of my good friends has just discovered her 6 month old baby boy is dairy intolerant. She loves cake and is missing out so I promised her I would investigate some dairy free cake recipes. After some searching on the Internet I have discovered it is hard to find dairy free cake recipes and when you do find them they require lots of special ingredients (like dairy free spread etc.) Luckily, I came across this BBC Good Food recipe that uses oil instead of butter and uses an icing made with orange juice and icing sugar rather than the traditional cream cheese frosting you might expect to find on a carrot cake.

It’s an easy recipe that only requires a couple of bowls (one for the cake and one for the icing). You will need an 18cm square cake tin, with the sides and base oiled and lined with baking parchment. (The recipe recommends using two long strips of paper crossed over making a double layer on the base.) It produces a lovely moist cake and the orange icing makes a tasty alternative topping.
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