Yummy Home-made Carrot Cake

I make this cake for my family all the time and they enjoy it very much. Sometimes i get it a bit wrong, and it is not a perfect recipe...so suggestions are very welcome!

Method

First of all, finely grate your carrots.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius and grease your cake tin.

In a separate large bowl, sieve flour, add sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves. Add oil, vanilla essence, brandy and break eggs in also. Stir mixture together with a wooden spoon. Add carrots, dried mixed fruit, walnuts and cherries. At this point, add a little milk if necessary to get the consistency right.

Pour mixture into the cake tin and place in the centre of the oven. Cook for 40 mins, or until cooked all the way through. To check, poke a knife in the middle and see if the dough is still wet.

Do not open the oven during the first 30 mins at least!!!

Ingredients

Ground Cloves 1 Level Tsp
Ground Cinammon 1 Level Tbsp
Glaced Cherries (halved) ¼ Cup
Crushed Walnuts A Handful
Dried Mixed Fruit ½ Cup
Salt 1 Tsp
Brandy 1 Tbsp
Vanilla Essence 1 Tbsp
Medium Carrots 5
Baking Powder 1 Level Tsp
Medium Eggs 3
Vegetable Oil 1 Cup
Sugar 1 Cup
Self Raising Flour 3 Cups
Milk A Splash

Hints 'n' Tips

You can ice this cake also, which makes it even more tasty...but it doesn't need it. Up to you!

For icing I generally use 2 parts icing sugar with 1 part butter, going by the weight. Then add a drop of vanilla essence, mix it all up, and spread it on the cake once it has cooled down a bit.

You can finely grate some lemon zest or carrot to decorate.

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