250g unsalted butter, softened 250g light brown soft sugar
5 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic, separated
zest and juice of 1 orange
170g self-raising flour, sifted
1 slightly heaped teaspoon baking powder
100g ground almonds
100g shelled walnuts, chopped, plus a handful for serving
1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground cloves
a pinch of ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
250g carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
Lime Mascapone Icing
100g mascarpone cheese
200g full-fat cream cheese
85g icing sugar, sifted
zest and juice of 2 limes
Prep. Time → 30 min
Cook Time → 45 min
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease and line a 22cm-square cake tin or a round equivalent with greaseproof paper. (DO USE GREASEPROOF PAPER - the cake will rise, and you'll need to have an easy way to take it out of the tin once cool)
2. Beat the butter and sugar together by hand or in a food processor until pale and fluffy. (I prefer using my hands, a Food Processor tends to make it too meh)
3. Beat in the egg yolks one by one, and add the orange zest and juice. Stir in the sifted flour and baking powder, and add the ground almonds, walnuts, spices and grated carrot and mix together well.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff, then gently fold them into the cake mix. Scoop the mixture into the prepared cake tin and cook in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes until golden and risen.
5. You can check to see if the cake is cooked by poking a cocktail stick into it. Remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean the cake is cooked; if slightly sticky, it needs a bit longer, so put it back in the oven.
6. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out on to a rack and rest for at least an hour. (Personally, warm, with a little Ice cream, its fab so knock yourself out)
7. Mix all the icing ingredients together and spread generously over the top of the cake. Finish off with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Add as much lime as you want, I like it really zingy!
Author Mario De'Cristofano