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Carrot & Marmalade Cake

by Claire Winlow (follow)
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This is a moist carrot cake packed with a sweet spice twist and the now not so secret ingredient of marmalade. It originally started as a classic carrot cake but everytime I made it, I felt there was something missing. A big dollop of marmalade gives some extra flavour and a lovely dense cake to enjoy with afternoon tea.

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The cream cheese icing is optional but it really does complement this cake perfectly.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
Makes: 1 large cake

350g carrots
1 heaped tbsp marmalade
225g butter
225g soft brown sugar
4 large eggs
225g self raising four
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg
3 tsp mixed spice

Icing Ingredients
60g unsalted butter
300g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g cream cheese

Pre heat an oven to 160C, 325F or Gas Mark 3.
Grate the carrot coarsely.
Cream the butter and sugar until light.

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Add the eggs, a little at a time. If you add a small amount of the flour at this stage, it will help prevent the eggs curdling.
Add the rest of the flour, salt, grated nutmeg and mixed spices.
Add the grated grated carrot and fold through.

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Add 1 large heaped tablespoon of marmalade and mix through.
Line and grease a 20cm round cake tin.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 1.5 hours.
When you remove the cake form the oven, allow it to cool for 5 minutes in the tin first before removing and placing on a wire wrack.
Wait until the carrot and marmalade cake is cool before covering it with the icing.

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To make the icing
Take the butter out of the fridge in advance so that it gets to room temperature. This will make it much easier to beat.
Beat the butter and icing sugar together. If you are using an electric hand whisk, start on a slow speed to prevent the icing sugar flying out of the bowl.

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Once the butter and icing sugar are combined, add in the vanilla extract and cream cheese. Give everything a good beat until fully mixed together.

Spread over the carrot and marmalade cake.
For a little extra decoration I put on some blueberries as we had some in the fridge already. You could leave it plain or experiment with other flavours. Walnuts might be good.

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Hi, can you please let me know what type of marmalade should I use?
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