Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Low-fat Moist Carrot Cake (Delia Smith)

My son and I love eating cakes or cookies made with dried cherries. For this reason, I have been searching dried cherries for a long time and finally, I have found several shops in Melbourne that sells them. Yippee! 

When we bought our package of dried cherries, we can't wait to eat them... and since I was going to bake this low fat carrot cake from Delia Smith, I might as well replace the sultanas with these dried cherries...

As expected, this Delia Smith's low fat carrot cake recipe is fantastic! My 10cm x 20cm cake is made with only 1/4 cup of oil and 80g of low fat cream cheese and yet it is so moist and yummy! And, of course, the longer you allow the cake to infuse with the orange syrup, the moister the cake will be...

low fat carrot cake Delia Smith
My low fat carrot cake, recipe is from Delia Smith
Making the cake batter
Yum!
Baking the cake
The important extras for this cake
Infusing the cake with the orange glaze
low fat carrot cake Delia Smith
Light and delicious carrot cake with dried cherries - This is so heavenly!
Before proceeding on to the recipe of this cake, I would like to mention that Esther from Copycake Kitchen will be the next Little Thumbs up host for April 2013 and her theme is CORN! Please link your blog posts with Esther if you are cooking or baking with corn in April. Cheers!

Here's the recipe from Delia Smith
(with my notes and modification in blue)
 

175g dark brown soft sugar, sifted
(I used dark muscovado sugar)
2 large eggs at room temperature
120 ml sunflower oil (I used rice bran oil) 
200 g wholemeal self-raising flour
11/2 level tsp bicarbonate of soda (replaced with baking powder)
3 rounded tsp mixed spice (replaced with 1 tsp ground cinnamon for half amount)
grated zest 1 orange

100 g carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
175 g sultanas (replaced with dried cherries)
 

For the topping:
250g Quark (skimmed-milk soft cheese)
(for less than half the amount, I used 80g of the slightly lower fat cream cheese with 14% fat) 
20 g caster sugar
(to complement the amount of cream cheese used, I have used 8g of icing sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
(I didn't add this)
1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a little extra for dusting
(I didn't add this)
 

For the syrup glaze:
juice ½ small orange

1 dessertspoon lemon juice
40g dark brown soft sugar

(I used dark muscovado sugar)

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3, 325°F (170°C) or 150ºC fan forced
 
Begin by whisking the 175 g sugar, eggs and oil together in a bowl using an electric hand whisk for 2-3 mins.

Then sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the mixed spice into the bowl, tipping in all the bits of bran that are left in the sieve.

Now stir all this together, then fold in the orange zest, carrots and sultanas (or dried cherries). After that pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 35-40 mins, until it is well risen and feels firm and springy to the touch when lightly pressed in the centre.

While the cake is cooking, make the topping by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy, then cover with clingfilm and chill for 1-2 hrs or until needed. Now you need to make the syrup glaze, and to do this whisk together the fruit juices and sugar in a bowl.

Then, when the cake comes out of the oven, stab it all over with a skewer and quickly spoon the syrup over as evenly as possible. Now leave the cake on one side to cool in the tin, during which time the syrup will be absorbed.

Then, when the cake is completely cold, remove it from the tin, spread the topping over, cut it into 12 squares and dust with a little more cinnamon (I didn't do that).


Note: Using half amount of the recipe, I have baked the cake with a 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan at 150ºC fan forced for 30 mins. I piped the minimal amount of cream cheese topping on my cake and decorated with some fondant carrots.

Happy Baking

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55 comments:

  1. Oh Zoe, what a beautiful carrot cake...last night I was craving for carrot cake and now I see yours...so tempting...I love how you decorated it.
    Enjoy your week :)

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  2. Your cake looks great. I love carrot cake but so sad my children dont like it!

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  3. Yum! This looks soo good. I wish I had your decoration skills!

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  4. Like that you made this low-fat, it looks very yummy and super cute as well, great job!

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  5. If this isn't a gorgeous cake, I don't know what is! This looks SO good, Zoe!

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  6. That is a great carrot cake, I like the idea of soaking the cake with orange glaze.

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  7. That looks so yummy...I have not baked carrot cakes for a long time already, I am pinning this!

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  8. Your carrot cake is well decorated. Carrot and orange sounds great combination. Like your fondant carrots.

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  9. Carrot cake is nice and healthy, always.

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  10. Lovely cake. I love carrot cake and will try this recipe soon.

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  11. Zoe, I made this too, just haven't posted.. I love the recipe.

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  12. Your carrot cake looks great! I love that it's also low fat. =) I recently started liking carrot cake and it'd be a great recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Zoe, your frosting and those little mini carrots are the cutest and prettiest! Beh tahan! I would love to try this recipe, the orange glaze sounds good!

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  14. Carrots oranges berries...you have it all in this cake and then you have the cream cheese that sort of makes want to crave for this forever

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  15. Some say cakes are not good for you, but when it's carrot cake, they would say it's good (because of the carrots??)....Ah...in our family, all cakes are good...just thinking of how to come up with one looking as tempting as yours:)

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  16. Hi Zoe, ur carrot cakes look fantastic dear. Luv the decoration, its too tempting :)

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  17. It seems so tempting!!!!I will definitely try it!
    Many kisses from Greece,dear!

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  18. Carrot cake with orange syrup sounds really good ! The cake looks so moist and fruity . I love your piped frosting so as the cute fondant carrots :D

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  19. Love the orange syrup with the carrot cake. I want to try this soon! Looks yummy!

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  20. Hi Zoe! Low fat! That's nice!

    Love the mini carrots toppings.. cute..

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  21. Such delicious piece of cake. Haven't had it for ages. YUmmmmmm....
    Hope you're having a lovely day dear.
    Kristy

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  22. Zoe, your cake looks so yum! I have been wanting to bake carrot cake for the longest time. And oh, dried cherries are very expensive here. So can't indulge much :(

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  23. Low fat but moist... magical! I like the cute carrot toppings on your cake too.

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  24. hi zoe, the last time i had carrot cake was during our bake along..that was quite long ago too. it's not all the time we can get nice cakes with very little oil content, sounds like this is a great cake to make and to eat :D

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  25. Hi Zoe,
    Your carrot cake looks so beautiful!
    I love carrot cake too. Must try this recipe when i am free :)

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  26. Looks delicious! And low fat too? I like how you added the dried cherries. :)

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  27. This really looks like a great cake!

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  28. This looks so so pretty and scrumptious. Love the cream cheese piped lines and the super cute fondant carrots. A swell job.

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  29. Zoe, I'm finally having some time to sit and catch up and wanted to pop by to see your blog....and am SOOOO glad that I did. I love, love, love carrot cake. I am loving how you decorated it. I will have to give this a try.

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  30. Those close ups make my mouth water, and the carrot decorations are a lovely touch.

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  31. This looks great and I love the carrot decoration, too cute!

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  32. Zoe Zoe, not only your son like this cake, this old lady here also like it, it is so kawaii!

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  33. Hi Zoe,
    Your carrot cake looks so beautiful with the piping and miniature carrots on top! And the cake texture looks so moist and delicious!
    I have not tried any of Delia's cakes before, this looks like a winner!

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  34. Oh my goodness! This recipe looks absolutely delicious! Those tiny carrots are too adorable! I love them! :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog, I appreciate it.

    I look forward to reading more blog posts, yum!

    (I'm following back.)

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  35. Zoe, your carrot cake so pretty and the small carrots so cute :)

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  36. Lovely cake, Zoe! It looks so moist and truly delish...and I just adore how you decorated it!

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  37. LOVE delia smith's recipes - I've used this exact same one! It's really so so yummy, love the addition of cherries though!

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  38. I love pineapple in carrot cake, cherries seem like a great alternative.

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  39. I LOVE carrot cakes . Will try this recipe with dried cherries. Looks & sounds heavenly YUM! ;)

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  40. That looks so moist and delicious my friend, would not believe it was low fat :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  41. This carrot cake looks great. I posted (Japanese style) carrot cake recipe too a few weeks ago. I'm going to file yours too in my file recipe. I love your photos!

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  42. I’ve tagged you in my site !!

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    1. Hi Mrs Deer,

      Thanks for giving me this award. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  43. Not only is your cake so pretty but the texture looks perfectly moist and airy. Nice one, Zoe.

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  44. OMG, your carrot cake is so cute! Love the presentation! Sorry for not coming by lately, as I've been busy preparing for my Penang trip. Just got back, lots to catch up. Have a good week ahead & do check out my 1st post :)

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  45. i shall try this, Zoe, looks real good!

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  46. That's a gorgeous looking cake! So nicely decorated. I'd like some; then a second piece, please. ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

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  47. Hiya zoe, that looks lovely moist+ that frosting looks lovely and creamy.
    Just wanted to let you know I've nominated your blog for the Versatile blogger awards. Its a fellow bloggers apreciating other blogs award:)

    My Cupcake Habit Vb POST.

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  48. This looks too good to be low fat! It is beautifully decorated. Can't wait to try it :)

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  49. LOVE all your recipes ^_^ yummyyy,,, i love the idea with the mayo on top :-D

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  50. OMG... this carrot cake loooks so goood... next time you make it, try adding some crushed pineapple in the batter.... it will be heaven ...

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  51. I made this for Easter and it was a huge hit with my family. I love carrot cake and this was the best ever and SO very easy to make. This will be a family standard. It was moist and yummy and the frosting was perfect.

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