Acland Street Carrot Cake

Moist and sumptuous, this super Carrot Cake recipe is from Richard Maggs, the AGA Doctor.


For the sponge:

3 large eggs

6 fl oz (175ml) sunflower oil

2 fl oz (50ml) sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

6oz (175g) light muscovado sugar

6oz (175g) soft bron sugar

9oz (250g) self-raising flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg

2 tsp ground cinnamon

12oz (350g) finely grated carrots

3oz (85g) desiccated coconut

For the cream cheese frosting:

3oz (85g) unsalted butter

3oz (85g) sifted icing sugar

7oz (200g) full-fat cream cheese

½ tsp vanilla extract

A few drops of orange oil or ½-¾tsp sieved orange juice


1. Line a half size AGA roasting tin, 10 inch (25cm) round cake tin with Bake-O-Glide or baking parchment, or bake in paper cases using two 12-hole muffin tins.

2. Place the first four ingredients in a large bowl and then add the two sugars and beat well together. Sift the flour into the bowl and add the soda and spices. Now gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, finally adding the carrots and coconut. Mix well and then spoon into the tin and level with the back of a spoon.

3. Slide onto the second set of runners in the Baking Oven. Bake for 1¼-1½ hours, until cooked.

4. For the frosting, beat the softened butter with the icing sugar until smooth, then work in the cream cheese and vanilla extract. Finally stir in the orange oil or juice and chill slightly before using. Spread generously across the top of the cooled cake using a palatte knife. Once iced, store in the refrigerator.

Conventional Cookers Cook in the centre of a pre-heated oven set at 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, until cooked.


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