Mel and Mal's Carrot and Banana Cake in the Halogen Oven

Ingredients
  • For the cake
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed, using a fork
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 150g soft dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 125g carrots, grated
  • 115g sultanas
  • 115g walnuts, bashed into pieces using a
  • rolling pin
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
  • 300g plain flour
  • For the icing
  • 150g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

A deliciously moist cake that everyone will love! The combination of the carrot and banana gives the cake a wonderful texture and sweetness

Serves : 8        Prep/Cooking Time : 1 hr 35 mins

Tip : You may want to use an extender ring that may come with your halogen oven. This is a ring that is placed on top of the glass bowl and takes the heat further away from cake itself, stopping the top burning. If you don't have the ring, cover the cake in foil and remove about 10 minutes before the end of cooking.

Instructions

Mix & Mash

Take a square loose bottom square cake pan and grease with butter and line
with baking parchment and put aside.

Place the mashed banana, oil, sugar, eggs, carrots, sultanas, walnuts and the
juice and zest of the orange into a large mixing bowl and bring together with a
wooden spoon.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and cinnamon on top of the wet ingredients and beat in, using an electric hand beater until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and place into the halogen oven on the
lower rack and cook for 35 minutes at 180°C.

Slow Cook

Turn the heat down to 160ºC and continue to bake for a further 30-40
minutes or until the cake is cooked through (see my TIP re using an extender ring).

Test by inserting a metalskewer and if it comes out clean then the cake is done.

Leave to cool slightly in the tin for about 6-10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Icing Filling

For the icing, beat all the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon and pipe over the cake.

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