A classic favourite amongst all, complete with a moist and lightly spiced flavour. Hard to beat indeed! Serves 10
3 medium carrots, peeled
100g dried dates, roughly chopped
50g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
½ cup canned unsweetened, crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
½ cup (80g) brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
250ml vegetable oil
2¼ cups (340g) self-raising flour
1 tsp each ground cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg
Cream cheese frosting
250g cream cheese, softened at room temperature
30g butter, softened at room temperature
½ cup (80g) pure icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
Decorate: with your choice of pistachio nuts, walnuts, pecans or roughly dried apricots. Strawberries or shredded coconut (optional).
Preheat oven to 160C (140C fan forced). Grease and line the base of a 23cm springform pan.
Fit the food processor with shredding disc.* Feed each carrot through the feed tube and shred. Remove bowl and set aside.
Fit the work bowl with the multipurpose blade. Add the dates and nuts and pulse for 5 seconds or until roughly chopped.
Add pineapple, sugars, vanilla, eggs, oil, flour and spices. Process on speed 1 for 10 seconds, or until lightly combined. Add carrot and process a further 5-7 seconds, or until well mixed.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake on centre shelf* of oven for 70 minutes. If the cake is not cooked in the centre, cover with a sheet of greased aluminium foil and cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until centre of cake is firm. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
Cream cheese frosting:
Fit the food processor with the mini bowl and mini blade and place all frosting ingredients into bowl. Pulse for 6 seconds, or until thick and creamy.
Allow cake to cool completely before decorating with cream cheese frosting and your choice of nuts, fruit, coconut or berries.
- Shredding discs vary model to model. If you have an ExactSlice™ model please use the reversible shredding disc, medium side up.
- For best results, place the cake in the very centre of the centre shelf of the oven.