Easter Carrot & Sultana Cake

Preparation 10 Minutes

Cook 40 Minutes

Serves 8

Method

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line two 20cm cake tins.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, spices and salt. Stir to combine.

In a stand mixer, beat the eggs, sugars, oil and vanilla until smooth. Add half of the flour mix and mix on low speed until combined. Add remaining flour mix and mix on low speed again until all of the flour is incorporated. Add the pineapple and sultanas. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Divide evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 40 mins or until cooked. Rotate the cakes after 20 mins. (You can test with a skewer, and the cake is ready when the skewer comes out clean.)

Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 mins, then transfer to cooling racks and leave until cooled.

Meanwhile, prepare the icing.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until very pale and creamy, about 4 mins. Add half of the sifted icing sugar and beat on low speed for about 1 min. Increase speed to medium to combine. Add remaining icing sugar and reduce speed to low for a further minute, then increase to medium speed for another few minutes until all of the icing sugar is combined. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Beat for 1 minute or until combined. Add extra tablespoon of milk of you would like a thinner frosting.

Divide the frosting between the centre of the cakes, reserving the remainder for the top and the sides.

Decorate with topping of choice.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarb soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp salt

4 large eggs

1 ¼ cup brown sugar

¾ cup caster sugar

1 ¼ cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups shredded carrot

¾ cup tinned pineapple chunks, drained

1 cup Sunbeam sultanas

Icing

250g unsalted butter, softened

5 cups icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

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Preheat the oven to 150°C. Line the base and sides of a 20cm springform cake pan.

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Preaheat oven 160 degrees (140 degrees fan).

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  2. Process biscuits, extra melted butter and almond meal in a food processor until fine crumb. Press into base and sides of pan.
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Remove from tin and slice into 4 long rows.  Wrap in cellophane for Christmas gifting.

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