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Organic Carrot Cake
One of your “Five a Day”

Concerned about the ever-growing waistbands in Ebuyer Marketing, chief designer Daryl Walker-Smith opted for a ‘one of your five-a-day’ based cake today for Cake and Cookie Friday. He’s a good egg that lad and our dieticians thanked him and the delicious Carrot Cake he created. Here’s how he did it:

Organic Carrot Cake - Likely to help you see in the dark!

Organic Carrot Cake - Likely to help you see in the dark!


  • 250g/9oz unsalted butter
  • 375g/13oz caster sugar
  • rind of 2 organic oranges, grated
  • 4 free-range organic eggs
  • 450g/1lb organic carrots, grated
  • 150g/5oz walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • juice of 1 organic orange
  • 250g/9oz organic plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 225g/8oz full fat soft cheese, at room temperature
  • 65g/2½oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 400g/14oz icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Grease large square baking tin (23cm x 23cm should suffice)
  3. Beat the butter, sugar and orange rind until they are light and fluffy
  4. Slowly add the eggs, beating well to incorporate each addition fully before adding more
  5. Fold in the grated carrot together with the chopped nuts
  6. Add the orange juice and vanilla essence
  7. Finally, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, spice and salt together, then fold into the cake mix
  8. Spoon the mixture into the greased tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 45-60 minutes. The sides of the cake should be coming away from the sides of the cake tin and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean
  9. For the icing, cream the cheese and the butter together until smooth
  10. Add the icing sugar and vanilla essence, and beat again until smooth
  11. Spread the icing generously over the top of the cake
  12. Enjoy!

Can we see in the dark? Does carrot cake really counts a one of our five-a-day? Will any of the Ebuyer Marketing staff ever fit into their summer clothes ever again… the questions continue to be raised.

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