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Moist carrot, date, and walnut cake

My mum makes the best carrot, date, and walnut cake. It's very soft and moist with a dark sweetness (from the dark sugar) that goes really well with the other flavours - nothing like the flouncy light carrot-cake-with-lemon-icing that seems to be standard. Here's the recipe, based on a recipe in a book but completely changed. It's a very easy recipe. But despite that, I can't make it quite as good as my mum does. More practice needed:

  • 225g (8 oz) dark soft brown sugar
  • 180ml (6 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g (4 oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large carrots, coarsely grated
  • 50g (2 oz) chopped walnuts
  • A handful (about 6) dates, roughly chopped [optional]

Line an 18cm (7 inch) round cake tin with greased greaseproof paper, and preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4).

Put the sugar into a mixing bowl and gradually whisk in the oil, then whisk the eggs in one at a time (easier to get them mixed in smoothly that way). Add the flour and cinnamon and stir the mixture well, beating out lumps to make the mixture as smooth as you can. Add the carrots, nuts, and dates, and mix.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes, until the cake is risen and firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven, leave to stand in the tin for 3 minutes, then turn out onto a wire tray, peel off the paper and leave to cool.

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Name: Tom Dearden
Website: http://n/a
Email: tom dort dearden art itv dort com
Date: Thursday 7th June 2007 15:50
Your cake sounds good...good enough to be on TV, specifically my show Britain's Best Dish. Get in touch 020 7633 2568 and we can have a chat or just send me an e-mail, we're having auditions this Monday and I'll pay your travel costs from wherever you come from. My name is Tom Dearden

Name: Spineker
Email: janciet5wellings dort com dort au
Date: Tuesday 17th June 2008 06:40
I'm 61 years young. I wanted a carrot cake recipe and liked
your mum's recipe. I haven't made it yet, but when I do I will e-mail you a slice (at least I will let you know what I
think of it.) Thank u for your most creative sounds and music, I'm sure all this marvellous creativity is keeping you off the street. I live in Perth, Western Australia.
(try this photo website of Perth & Western Australia):
Name: Kaye
Email: monochromic art hotmail dort com
Date: Saturday 13th September 2008 18:53
Helo, just made this cake for the lads at home and it went down very well! Only thing I found is that it needed a bit longer in the oven than you said, I gave it an hour and a half and it turned out lovely. Thanks for the recipe!
Name: Philippa
Date: Monday 2nd February 2009 20:41
Phwooooahh! What a lovely piece of cake! For future reference, we didn't have enough vegetable oil in, so I supplemented it with a dollop of margarine, a swig of olive oil and a dribble of maple syrup. We also only had one carrot, so I put a couple of extra dates in. No idea how many walnuts I put in. I didn't think the mixture would fit in one tin so I split it between two, and it took just under an hour at 180. And THAT is what you're eating with your cup of tea. Yum yum yum.
Name: Monica
Date: Thursday 10th September 2009 17:35
I love this cake, I tried a parsnip and date cake at country show recently and was looking for a similar recipe and this fits the bill perfectly. Mmmmmmm tell your mum thanks.
Name: Jenny
Date: Monday 12th October 2009 19:44
I made this cake on Saturday and it was absolutely delicious. Really simple recipe, with great results. It only took 50 mins to cook though. Thank you for sharing this lovely treat.
Name: Daph
Email: daphbro art ntlworld dort com
Date: Sunday 22nd November 2009 13:54
Sunday 22.11.09. Have just made your cake today. My daughter cannot eat butter and so I was looking for something nice and moist for her. It is delicious. It took at least 20 minutes longer than you said an I have a fan-assisted oven. I would also prefer grated carrots and chunks tend to put younger kids off it. Thanks so much. I will definitely use this again.
Name: Maddie
Email: mb1950 art tesco dort net
Date: Tuesday 22nd December 2009 14:37
I have a recipe for coffee and walnut cake courtesy of Delia which was and is super, just gets eaten too quickly!
i will try this one as my hubby has decided he wants a cake like 'his mum used to make' so here goes will let you know the outcome.
Name: Sylvia
Date: Saturday 27th February 2010 18:15
I made your Mum's cake today and it is THE BEST ever. Moist and sweet and tasty - perfect. Tell your Mum she is fantastic. It took one hour 5 mins so pretty close to your recipe

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