A cracking carrot cake will always be popular, Matthew Mason of The Jack in the Green near Exeter shares his recipe for the classic crowd-pleaser in the restaurant’s new cookbook
You will need
For the cake:
Strong flour 110g
Ground cinnamon 1g
Ground ginger 1g
Mixed spice 1g
Bicarbonate of soda 2g
Baking powder 1g
Demerara sugar 150g
Vegetable oil 100g
Eggs 2, lightly beaten
Maldon sea salt 2g
Grated carrot 180g
For the frosting:
Unsalted butter 150g, room temperature
Icing sugar 45g
Full fat cream cheese 300g
Orange 1, zest grated
For the carrot cake:
- Sift together the flour, spices, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
- Beat the eggs, sugar and salt together in an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Gradually mix in the oil until fully emulsified.
- Toss the grated carrot with half the flour mixture (this will prevent them from sticking together when in the batter). Add the remaining flour to the egg mix and then fold in the carrots/flour mixture.
- Spread the batter into a prepared, lined tray and bake at 160°C for about 20 minutes. Then place on a cooling wire until cooled a little. Cut into rectangular portions and store in an air-tight container until ready to serve.
For the frosting:
- In an electric stand mixer with whisk attachment place the butter with the icing sugar and whisk for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. Then beat in the cream cheese and orange zest until smooth.
- Either spread the frosting onto the carrot cake itself or spoon a little to the side. The carrot cake is best eaten while still warm.
Chef’s tip: ‘At the Jack we enjoy serving this dessert through the colder months and it’s fast becoming another favourite of our guests,’ says Matt.
Find more recipes from Matthew and the team at The Jack in the Green in their new book, The Jack Cook Book Volume One.