So let’s take a look at what all you will need to make the cake. 

The ingredients you will need to make your cake are:  

• 200g grated carrots
• 200g caster sugar
• 2 eggs
• 200g self raising flour
• 1 teaspoon of mixed spices
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• 200ml sunflower oil
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

To make the icing you will need the following:
• 150g light cream cheese (Philadelphia is perfect)
• 25g unsalted butter
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 175g icing sugar
• 2 dessertspoons milled organic flaxseed

Now that you have your ingredients ready, let’s begin.

Step 1 – Stage 1 of your mix:
Before you get started, ensure you have baking tin suitable for baking bread.  Line and grease your tin with butter and grease proof paper.  This will hold the mix when ready to put in the oven.  It’s also important to get your oven ready so pre-heat your oven to 170C (gas mark 3).

Now that you have your baking tin and oven ready, take a large bowl and add sugar, eggs and oil and then whisk until pale as shown below.  You can use a hand-held whisk or an electric mixer if you wish to speed up the process.

Step 2 – Stage 2 of your mix:
Once your sugar, egg and oil mix has a pale finish to it. It’s time to start working on the second part of your mix.  These will then be mixed together to form your carrot cake.  The first thing to do is add vanilla extract to your mix, and then using another bowl, add the self raising flour, salt and mixed spices.

  To this you then add your 200g grated carrots.  When the carrot is added, you then mix the sugar mixture to your flour and carrot mixture to create your final cake mix as shown below.

Once you have mixed everything to a consistent texture with all the flour mixed in, you add your mix to the cake tin and put it into your pre-heated oven for 1 hour.

Remove your cake mix from the oven after an hour and leave it to rest on a cooling rack.  This will allow the cake to return to room temperature so you can add your icing.  Using a skewer, pierce a hole in the cake to check that the mixture is cooked the whole way through.  If the skewer comes out with some mixture stuck to it, then it will need a few minutes longer.

Step 3 – Create your flaxseed icing:
While your carrot cake is cooling, it’s time to start creating the icing that will be added to the top of it.  Simply mix your cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, lemon juice and flaxseed until you get a consistent mix with no lumps.

Step 4 – Add icing to cake and serve:
Once you have your icing ready and your cake cooled, all that is left to do is add your icing to the cake and serve.  Pour the icing over the cake ensuring you spread it over the top of it so that it is completely covered.  Don’t worry about any icing that spills down the side as this will stick and just add to the taste of the cake.

For a quick guide to preparing your pancakes check out our Instagram video below. 

Have you tried making our homemade carrot cake with flaxseed icing?  Let us know what you think by commenting below or sharing your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter

You can also share some of your own Linwoods inspired recipes with us and who knows, you may even feature on our recipes page for a recipe of the month.  This month’s Linwoods customer recipe comes from Samantha Bell.  Check out her scrumptious feel good figgy tea loaf here.