Saturday, 5 January 2013

Recipe - Carrot and Sultana Mini Loaves



Carrot and Sultana Mini Loaves

I always think baking with any vegetable to be healthy, well for me at least. So my Carrot and Sultana mini loaves are made using carrots, sultanas and low fat cream cheese, I’ve done my best to cut back on the extra calories. Normally when baking Carrot Cake I would use vegetable oil but as the cupboard was bare I used, most successfully, light olive oil. I also did not have enough carrot so added sultana's.

This recipe is adapted from a Carrot and Orange recipe in a Woman's Weekly cookbook. It also gave me a chance to use my Russian Doll measuring cups.

Recipe - Carrot and Sultana Mini Loaves

Makes - 9 mini loaves or 12 cupcakes

Temp - Fan Oven 160 degrees

Ingredients 
2/3 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup sultanas
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice

Frosting
2/3 cup of light cream cheese
1/4 cup icing sugar
  • Put the oil, sugar and eggs into a bowl and mix with an electric whisk, until thick and creamy.
  • Add the carrots, flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice. Stir well until all ingredients are combined.
  • Divide the mixture into your mini loaf cases or standard paper cakes.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave in baking tray for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Place the cream cheese and icing sugar into a bowl, beat together with an electric whisk until smooth. Spread the frosting onto the loaves or cakes only once they have fully cooled. 

Tip - Using the low fat cream cheese you may find the frosting slightly runny in consistency, it may help if you place it in the fridge to chill before spreading onto your cakes. Or of course you could use full fat cream cheese.

This is my entry into January's Calendar Cakes Challenge the theme this month being New Year, New You! Calendar Cakes is a challenge hosted by Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes.

20 comments:

  1. Healthy and yet so tempting. Delicious recipe.

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    1. The sponge was very light indeed, this recipe is certainly a keeper.

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  2. Yum...I'm rather partial to sultanas in bakes and I do love individual cakes...so I'm pretty sure I'd love these...they look great...and with cream cheese frosting...irresistable! Thanks for entering them into Calendar Cakes :-)

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    1. thank you Laura the sultanas really did add to the cake and very plump and fruity they were too.

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  3. They look wonderful! Can I ask you where you got the mini loaf cases?

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    1. They are lovely cases aren't they, I only had the one pack and have just 3 of the cases left. I'm afraid I don't know where they are from though, I'm always being given cake cases as gifts and I think these may have been from my mum.

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  4. Healthy and looks delicious x

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    1. why thank you for the wonderful comments :)

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  5. i love baking.. almost alternate day i bake a cake.. i wil surely try this one..plz tell me what is sultana..
    http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello Krishna thanks for your question. A sultana is a dried grape they are also known as raisins.
      Angela

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  6. Those little loaf cases are very cute as are the loaves you've put in them. Always good to get the new year off to a healthy start ;-)

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    1. Something tells me the healthy start to the year won't last - ha ha !

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  7. Carrot and Sultanas go well together and these homely little loaves look very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Maggie they are a really tasty combination

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  8. What a delicious loaf. The sound of it already calls to me. I love how healthy it is...

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    1. Thank you Mich this is as healthy as I get when it some to cake.

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  9. Yummy! Looks so good. I love how it looks soooo... good but is healthy :) They do look very pretty :) *waves hello* from a new follower, Hazel x

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    1. HI Hazel welcome to my blog thank you for following, hope you enjoy my recipes and stories
      Angela :)

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  10. Hi, awesome mini loaves. Love the frosting, look really good.
    I'm your new follower. Have a nice day.

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    1. Welcome Amelia! Thanks for the lovely comments :)

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