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Squidgy organic carrot and courgette cake

Moist and delicious – this easy-to-make organic carrot and courgette cake will be a hit with your family and friends!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves 14

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 340 g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 1 rounded tsp ground ginger
  • 225 g light muscovado or soft brown sugar
  • 200 g British organic carrots, peeled and grated
  • 150 g courgettes, grated

Frosting:

  • 200 g low fat soft cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small organic carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp light muscovado or soft brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180°C, fan oven 160°, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm square cake tins with baking paper, using a little butter.

  2. Melt the remaining butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, without letting it get too hot. Remove from the heat, then add the orange juice and beaten eggs. Reserve the orange zest for the frosting.

  3. Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and ground ginger in a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar, organic carrots and courgettes, then add the melted mixture and stir together well.

  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out carefully. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  5. Make the frosting by beating the low fat soft cheese, vanilla extract and reserved orange zest together. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Put the grated organic carrot into a frying pan with the sugar and heat gently to melt and caramelise. Cool, then scatter over the cake.

Recipe Notes

Cook’s tip: Keep the cake refrigerated, though serve at room temperature. You can freeze the cake for up to 2 months without the frosting. Use organic ingredients where possible.