Ian Curley's Olive Oil Carrot Cake

Serves 20 Prep Time 10 minutes   Cook Time 1 hours   Rated:


I ate this at Ian's bench in his home kitchen. (Check the video evidence.) It is seriously good. So when I asked him for the recipe to accompany the video I was expecting a pretty plain standard carrot cake recipe, that then is shooshed in the video as illustrated! BUT noooo, he sent me an amazing recipe that included the cake recipe as a mere part for a carrot cake trifle, so watch this space, there are more components to come to accompany this one. However, for the most of us, this is an outstanding carrot cake recipe on it's own, (Despite the obviously GREAT one on this site already!!)

I must say this is super easy and it ended up feeding quite the crowd even though I ended up smothering it in cream cheese frosting. Rest assured I have adjusted the frosting quantity to suit the size of the cake, but with the disclaimer that I love a lot of frosting, in which case, you are welcome to double it! You have my permission.

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Preheat oven to 160°C and line the base of a 25cm square cake tin with baking paper, extending above the edges of the tin for easy cake removal!


Place carrots into Thermomix bowl and grate 4 sec/speed 7.


Add sugar, oil, eggs, baking soda and powder, salt and cinnamon. Blend 10 sec/speed 8.


Add almond meal, flour and currants and incorporated 12 sec/Interval. Finish combining using your silicone spat-ooh-lah-lah!


Pour batter into prepared tin and bake approximately 1 hour until centre is set, and inserted skewer comes out clean.


Cool on wire rack completely before removing from tin.


Frost if eating the cake on it's own, and decorate with the Crystallised Pepitas. If following Ian's recipe, watch the video for carrot cake inspiration!


TO make the frosting, place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl and blend 10 sec/speed 8. Whip 30 sec/Butterfly/speed 4. Refrigerate before spreading generously on top of cold cake. Garnish with the pepitas if using.

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