Root vegetable and orange cake

Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Root vegetable and orange cake
This clever cake is packed with leftover root vegetables and a hint of orange, making a truly fabulous dessert.

200g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

140g sultanas or raisins

Zest and juice 2 oranges

300g self-raising flour

300g light soft brown sugar

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 large eggs, beaten with a fork

300g a mixture of carrots, parsnips, butternut squash or swede, grated

200g icing sugar or fondant icing sugar

Few crushed white sugar cubes

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4.

Line a 30 x 20cm baking tray with greaseproof paper and grease with a little butter.

In a microwavable bowl, mix the sultanas or raisins and zest and juice from 1 orange and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Mix the flour, caster sugar, spices, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt into a large bowl.

Mix the eggs with the melted butter and sultana mixture, then tip into the dry ingredients and stir in with a wooden spoon.

Add in the grated vegetables, and scrape into the tray.

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean.

Remove and cool within the tray.

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in remaining orange zest plus enough juice to make a runny icing.

Drizzle all over the cake and scatter with the crushed sugar cubes.

Leave to set, then slice into squares.


Preparation Time
40 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Fruit, Eggs, Vegetables, Sugar

Recipe Type
Budget, Cakes & Baking, Dessert, Left Overs

Level of Difficulty

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