Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

    Sam's Famous Carrot Cake


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    About this recipe: My friend Sam was famous for this cake. He would always have some available for anyone who wanted it. We'll miss him, but his carrot cake legacy will always live on! Enjoy!

    Serves: 15 

    • 3 eggs
    • 200ml (¾ cup) buttermilk
    • 200ml (¾ cup) vegetable oil
    • 315g (1½ cups) caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 280g (2¼ cups) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 250g grated carrot
    • 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
    • 125g (1 cup) chopped walnuts
    • 210g crushed pineapple with juice (about half a tin)
    • 155g (1 cup) raisins
    • Topping (optional)
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 45g (3 tablespoons) icing sugar
    • 200g cream cheese, softened

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and flour a 20cm x 30cm baking tin.
    2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla essence. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
    4. In a medium bowl, combine grated carrot, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
    5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to cake mixture and fold in well.
    6. Pour into prepared baking pan, and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Check with a skewer. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
    7. If you want to make a cream cheese topping: mix the unsalted butter and icing sugar together until soft and then beat in the cream cheese. Chill briefly before spreading on top of the cake.

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