Carrot, Orange, and Walnut Sponge Cake Recipe
A combination between carrot cake and walnut cake, with a slight orange taste, and topped off with delicous creamy icing.
For the cake
200 ml (7 fl oz) sunflower or groundnut oil 4 eggs 4 tbsp clear (runny) honey 225 g (8 oz) plain flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda pinch salt 155 g (5½ oz) grated carrot zest of 1 orange 85 g (3 oz) chopped walnuts
For the topping
75 g (2½ oz) soft / cream cheese or creme fraiche 2 tbsp butter or margarine or soft spread 340 g (12 oz) icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence
Carrot, Orange, and Walnut Cake Recipe
Grease a 2lb loaf tin using butter or margarine.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F or gas mark 4 or 160°C for a fan oven).
In a large bowl whisk together the oil, eggs, and honey until combined.
Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb, and salt, then stir in well. Then mix in the grated carrot, orange zest, and chopped walnuts.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and cook in the centre of the oven for 1 hr 15 mins - 1 hr 30 mins. When cooked you should be able to insert a skewer into the cake and have it come out clean (not sticky). If the cake looks cooked on top part-way through the baking, cover with foil to prevent burning.
Cool the cake in the tin on a wire rack. Once reasonably cool, turn out of the tin and finish cooling the cake on the rack.
To make the creamy icing, start by mixing together the cream cheese and butter. Then sift and mix in the icing sugar a bit at a time. Finally add the vanilla essence, and mix that in.
When the cake is fully cooled, spread the top thickly with the icing.
please let me know,did you do it manually or use the electric mixer?
I used an electric whisk. I nearly always use an handheld electric whisk whenever I need to whisk anything.
Ok,Thank you Dave!!
You did not mention sugar in this. Can you please let me know how much sugar is required. I am in the middle of baking.
There’s no sugar in the cake, it has the honey instead. The cake itself isn’t that sweet, but the icing is.
It came out really yum. … Thank you, Dave, for this wonderful and easy recipe! … Thank you for sharing:)
I attend a men’s bible study, without fail, I take a cake of some description for the guys to enjoy for supper,I made a Banana & Poppy seed cake yesterday Mon 06/05, the bible study went well & the guys were impressed with what I turn out for them to enjoy, this cake I am sure it wouldn’t be hard to make, it appears to be straight forward. So I know that I will have no trouble making this for Bible Study in a f/nt.
I make a carrott, orange and walnut cake. Similar recipe but i use brown sugar,sultanas and mixed spice. Put cinamon and mixed spice in the butter cream too. Extra touch to melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan with some walnuts till they caramalise, then cool and decorate cake. I make a large 2 tia cake using 500g of butter, sugar and s.r flour, 5 eggs, 2 med carrotts grated, 2 handfull of both sultanas and walnuts, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinamon, 1 tsp mixed spice. butter cream between the 2 layers and top covered with the caramalised nuts. Show stopper!
Thanks for sharing Ainsley, that does sound pretty nice! I’ll have to give it a go.