This decadent and rich recipe for Luxury Carrot Cake is the best way to treat yourself

2 carrots, finely grated
Juice and rind 1 small orange
Black seeds from 8 cardamon pods, ground in a pestle and mortar
100ml milk
2 large eggs
25g Canderel granules
100ml light olive oil or sunflower oil
350g self raising flour
50g raisins, chopped

For the topping:
250g low fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1tbsp granular Canderel

For the syrup:
1 large orange
4tbsp granular Canderel

How to
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 5. Grease and line a 23cm square cake tin.

Combine the carrots, orange juice, zest, ground cardamom seeds and milk in a small bowl and set aside.

With electric beaters whip the eggs and granular Canderel until thick and creamy. Gradually add the oil, beating well. Fold the flour into the mixture alternating with the raisins and carrot mixture.

Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. When cooked transfer the cake to a wire rack and leave to cool.

For the orange syrup, peel the skin from the orange and cut into fine strips. Place in a small saucepan with the juice from the orange and the Canderel. Gently bring to a simmer and cook the orange strips for about 5 minutes until softened and the orange juice has reduced slightly and is syrupy.

For the topping beat together the cream cheese with the vanilla essence and the granular Canderel. Spread over the top of the cake and serve cut into squares with a drizzle of orange syrup.

Recipe provided by Canderel.

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