Freshly grated orange rind brightens the flavours of this loaf, and marzipan carrots lighten the look. Doubling the parchment paper keeps the outside from darkening too much.
- Portion size 16 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2007
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 can crushed pineapple drained
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Cream Cheese Icing:
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cups icing sugar
- 1 oz marzipan
- paste food colouring
- 1 teaspoon chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
MethodLine 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with double-thickness parchment paper; set aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in oil, orange rind and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into egg mixture until moistened. Stir in carrots, pineapple and coconut. Scrape into prepared pan.
Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven for about 1 hour or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and store for up to 2 days. Or overwrap in foil and freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks; thaw.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter; beat in vanilla. Beat in sugar, half at a time, until smooth. Spread over top of loaf.
Marzipan Carrots: Tint 1 tsp (5 mL) of the marzipan green and remaining marzipan orange, kneading to combine. Divide orange marzipan into 7 balls; roll each into carrot shape and score with knife to resemble carrot. Shape green marzipan into carrot tops. With toothpick, make hole in each carrot and attach top.
Using handle of wooden spoon, make holes lengthwise along centre of loaf. Insert carrots, leaving leafy tops and bit of orange sticking out. Sprinkle cookie crumbs around each carrot to resemble earth.
Nutritional facts Per slice: about
- Sodium 228 mg
- Protein 3 g
- Calories 254.0
- Total fat 11 g
- Cholesterol 29 mg
- Saturated fat 3 g
- Total carbohydrate 37 g
- Iron 7.0
- Folate 17.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 25.0
- Vitamin C 3.0