I know Finnish winter can be tough..not just for poor foreigners but also for Finns..especially this winter when it has been snowing over 65 cm in the south and the temperature just keeps on staying under -10 degrees…Well my poor Aussieman was missing home so badly…feeling so homesick that the only comfort he was able to find was a real tasty carrot cake!
This recipe is from Good Food magazine. I tested it and it is unbelievable!!! Its amazing taste won’t let you down. It is moist, carroty and not too sweet! This recipe is devoted for all the women whose boyfriends or husbands are feeling homesick and they want to have something that tastes like home. And for the Finns, this is ”try to love your cold below zero home country” comfort cake!
- 300g plain flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 200g soft brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 250ml oil
- 1 orange, zested
- 1 lemon , zested
- 200g carrots , finely grated
- 150g walnuts, chopped, I RECOMMEND ALMONDS, CHOPPED
- 227g tin pineapple pieces, well drained and chopped (optional)
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 125g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 50g icing sugar
- 250g cream cheese
- Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Line a 20cm, 10cm deep cake tin. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together and stir in the sugar. Beat the eggs with the oil and citrus zests. Stir in the carrots and fold everything into the flour mixture. Fold in the walnuts and pineapple if using. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool.
- For the frosting, beat the butter and icing sugar together until soft and then beat in the cream cheese. Chill the mixture until it’s thick but spreadable. Spread a thick layer on top of the cake, making sure the side of the icing is flat and continues upwards from the side of the cake.