Carrot Cake with a Mascarpone and Walnut Topping

Carrot Cake with a Mascarpone and Walnut Topping

I recently got asked for a last minute addition to a charity cake sale to raise money for a women charity and as I'm getting right into this nesting business I was happy to bake even if I was tired after a busy day at work and use it as an excuse to try out my carrot cake recipe below. An all in one method that was quick and easy to bake and decorate too making it the perfect charity bake sale cake to make in an evening.



165g Light Brown Sugar
225g Self- Raising Flour - Sifted
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
40g Walnut Pieces - Chopped
150ml Vegetable/Sunflower Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
135g Carrots - Grated
30g Raisins
2 Bananas - Ripe and Mashed
2 Eggs


250g Mascarpone Cheese
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Icing Sugar
Walnut Pieces to decorate 

Stand Mixer/Electric Mixer 
20cm x 20cm Baking Tray

1)Pre heat oven to 180C/160CFan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line baking tray with greaseproof paper
2)In a stand mixer add all the ingredients above and mix for around 2-3 minutes until fully combined

3)Place into baking tray and bake for around 25 minutes until skewer comes out clean

4)Around to cool in tray for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely

5)Whisk together mascarpone, vanilla and icing sugar before spreading over the top of the cake and topping with walnut pieces - either whole or crushed

6)Cut into cubes and enjoy