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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Carrot and Poppy Seed Cake



We love carrot cake in this house. You probably have noticed, I'm sure. I have a delicious recipe for a Scrummy Carrot Cake on here (this one has pineapple and shredded coconut in it, with a cream cheese frosting), plus another delicious recipe for a Simple Carrot Cake. (This one has plump sultanas and a lemon glaze.)



Today I want to showcase another deliciously different carrot cake . . . Carrot and Poppy Seed Cake. Moistly addictive and flavoured with brown sugar and the crunch of poppyseeds . . .



It's baked in a loaf tin, which gives it the perfect shape to cut into slices.



With an orange sugar glaze that you brush on the cake while it's still warm, so that some of it soaks into the warm cake, and some stays on the surface, creating another depth of sweet crunch . . . and oranginess . . .



Cut into slices and spread with butter . . . or not . . . it's up to you. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon indulgence . . .



I think you will love this delicious teatime treat. Perfect with a hot drink for elevensies as well, or you could make carrot cake sandwiches to take on an early Spring picnic . . . spread cream cheese in the centre, or a cream sheese frosting . . .



Ooooor . . . you could cream together some cream cheese and bitter orange marmalade to serve with it for spreading. Oh so yummo.

Nom!! Nom!!



*Carrot and Poppy Seed Cake*
makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf
Printable Recipe

An unsual quick bread using carrots and poppyseeds together and topped with crunchy orange sugar topping. Moist and delicious.

150ml of vegetable oil (generous 5 fluid ounces)
2 medium free range eggs, beaten
175g soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup packed)
350g of carrots, peeled and grated (6 medium sized carrots)
1 TBS poppyseeds
200g self raising flour (1 3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice (see recipe in right hand side bar of page)

For the topping:
the zest of one orange, finely grated
the juice of 1/2 orange
95g of granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 150*C/300*F/ gas mark 2. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.

Beat the eggs together with the brown sugar and vegetable oil. Stir in the carrots and poppyseeds. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice together. Stir this into the wet mixture, stirring to mix well together. Spoon into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour, to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand in the tin for about 5 minutes, then carefully tip out and place right side up on a wire rack.

Whisk together the topping ingredients and then spoon slowly over top of the hot cake, a bit at a time, allowing it to be absorbed each time. Allow to cool completely before cutting into slices to eat, with or without butter.

Note: If you are really feeling hedonistic, you can put a cream cheese icing on top as well. Scrummo!!

8 comments:

laurie said...

very yummy! Makes me hungry and its bed time!

Marina said...

It is so moist and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

That looks wonderfully moist. I like how simple it is, sometimes they make the best cakes.

Stephanie said...

The carrot poppyseed cake is so moist - I can't wait to try this for brunch tomorrow! Thank you, Marie!

Marie said...

It is incredibly moist ladies! I think you'll enjoy it. We did and are having the leftovers today! Thanks for commenting everyone!

Gloria said...

MArie what nice and delicious carrost cake with poopy seeds, look amazing!!!! love it! dear, send my love and have a nice weekend!
LOL I think is moist too!

Kathy said...

Wow….this looks absolutely wonderful! My kind of cake…moist and luscious!

Bernideen said...

Looks looks wonderful Marie so I am printing it out to make! Also the other one too!