This is my first time making a cake for my friend’s birthday and I’ve decided to combine two of her favourite cakes into one. It took me slightly over an hour preparing the ingredients for the cake and my hands were sore from grating all that carrots. But the birthday girl loved the cake and everyone had a great time and that’s all that matters!
Ingredients for the cake Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
Preparation time: 1 hour
Baking time: 30min or when the cake turns brown and the skewer comes out clean
200g self-raising plain flour
200g self-raising wholemeal flour
200g unsalted butter
160g brown sugar
2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp nutmeg
250g pitted dates
175ml hot water
300g grated carrots
zest 1 orange
Ingredients for the frosting
300g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia light cream cheese)
70g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Nutrition per slice (one cake serves 12)
Click on the images below for the baking instructions
Grate 300g of carrots and zest 1 orange
Whisk the brown sugar and butter together until light and fluffy
Cut the dates up into tiny pieces
Pour 175ml of boiling hot water into the dates and let it soak for 30 minutes
Once the dates have softened, use a fork to mash it up
Add the eggs in one at a time and continue to whisk
Add the buttermilk into the pitted dates
Sieve the flour, bicarbonate soda, cinnamon powder and nutmeg into the mixture
Add in the pitted dates mixture, grated carrots and walnuts and mix it well (this requires some arm muscle as it’s a big bowl of mixture)
Make sure that all the flour has been mixed into the ingredients
Spread the batter out into two cake tins and place it into the oven to bake
Once the cake is ready, take it out to cool
While the cake is cooling down, whisk the cream cheese together with the icing sugar until it is light, fluffy and glossy.
Spread the cream cheese over the cooled cake
And here you have it! The delicious home made pitted dates carrot cake!
Beautiful Pitted dates carrot cake. I’m adding in some slivered pistachios. May I?
That sounds so good! They make good decorations too:)
Yeah, they do. Even candied pecans make nice presentation.