Recipe: The yummiest carrot and pineapple cake

So I love cooking, no surprise there…and I guess I’m getting pretty good at it – not to say there aren’t still culinary disasters in our house! But baking has never been a strength, I’ve managed to produce cakes that haven’t even risen enough to be described as frisbees! But as with everything, you’ve gotta keep trying and I’m pleased to announce that I think my baking has turned a corner down the road to success!

I love carrot cake and as I’d inadvertently managed to buy a whole load of eggs (I know, memory issues, didn’ realise there were already a dozen in the cupboard), I thought it would be a good way to use up some of the excess. So I scoured the internet and checked out a range of recipes before coming up with my own version.

This cake comes out beautifully moist inside, which it should with all the delightful goodies it’s made from. I made the topping using cream cheese so it isn’t too sweet, and only spread it thinly. You don’t need a lot as the cake is packed with flavour.

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A totally tempting carrot cake

2 cups plain flour

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsps ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 eggs

1.5 cups sunflower oil

2 cups grated carrots

2 tsps vanilla extract

1 425g can crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup dessicated coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

For the topping

200g cream cheese

2 tsps vanilla extract

1 tbsp icing sugar

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Add the eggs, oil, carrots and vanilla. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended.

Add the pineapple, coconut and half of the walnuts. Stir together.

Grease a 2lb loaf tin and pour the mixture in.

Bake at 180C/Gas Mark 4 for 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool.

Run a knife around the edges and slide the cake out of the tin.

Mix the ingredients for the topping together, spread on top, add leftover walnuts and it’s ready to eat. And you’re gonna love it.

Do you have a favourite cake recipe for me to try? Do let me know, I’m feeling the love for this baking thing now!

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Check out the succulent centre

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Straight out of the tin and ready for the topping…doesn’t that look good!

One comment

  1. angie says:

    I am my sister’s biggest fan – I have just bought the ingredients and am off to try my baking hand! Looks delicious and I plan to enjoy! :))

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