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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Serves: 10

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is such a classic it seldom warrants an introduction.

For an extra challenge, you can try slicing your cake in half horizontally and doubling the quantity of icing for the middle.

Ingredients

85g apple, peeled, cored and grated

3 carrots, grated

100g raisins

1 orange, zest (for the icing) and juice

200g dark brown sugar

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

175ml sunflower oil

150g ricotta cheese

3 eggs, beaten

For the Icing:

250g cream cheese

600g icing sugar

orange zest

Walnut pieces for decoration

Suitable for:

The Method

Select the SAUTE function and press START, then add the apple, carrot, raisins and orange juice. Stir regularly for 3~ minutes until the fruit begins to soften, then press CANCEL. Tip in to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool, then rinse and dry the inner pot.

In another mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients apart from the walnuts, and stir to combine.

In another mixing bowl, add the oil, eggs and ricotta and beat with a whisk to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, along with the cooled fruit and stir to combine, then stir in the walnuts.

Use some oil to grease the inner pot and add the cake mixture. Close the lid and select the BAKE function, then adjust the time to 50 minutes and press START.

When the program has finished, leave the lid closed for a further 10 minutes before opening.

Open the lid and allow the cake to cool for a further 15 minutes.

Carefully remove the inner pot and tip the cake out on to a cooling rack.

While the cake cools, add the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and orange zest in a bowl. Mix the ingredients together and when the cake has cooled spread on to the top of the cake.

Decorate the cake by sprinkling with walnut halves before serving.

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