Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Orange and Carrot Cake

Orange and Carrot Cake

Inspired by: Taste.com.au

It was a friend’s birthday, and I wanted to try something a little different.

I used:
1 orange grated (including rind)
2 medium sized carrots grated
150g dairy free margarine melted
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups gluten free flour
½ cup rolled oats (if oats are not in your gluten free diet substitute almond meal)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice

1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ orange worth of zest
2 tbsp orange juice.

What I did:
Preheat oven to 180C, and line or grease a cake tin 20cm x 30cm (or equivalent). 
In a medium sized bowl combine melted margarine, grated orange, the grated carrots and the brown sugar and mix well with a wooden spoon. 
Then add the gluten free flour, rolled oats, and baking powder and stir until well combined. 
Beat the eggs in well, and pour the mixture into the cake tin.
Bake for 40-70mins (depending on your oven) or until the cake tester pushed into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
For the topping: in a small bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon, orange zest, and juice and mix well. Spread evenly over cake while warm.

Comments after eating Orange and Carrot cake!
The birthday girl was very happy with her cake- which was the main aim! I enjoyed the cake very much, although I think I baked it for too long for the type of pan I had. I baked it for 50 mins, but I think I should have checked it after 40 mins (the original recipe says to bake it for 70 mins). It is still delicious, orangy, cinnamony and very enjoyable.

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