This recipe I have tried a number of times. I feel James Martin recipes are fail-proof. I have made the cake with the icing, and without. With whole meal SRF and all purpose SRF. With and without the nuts. It is totally up to you. If you do put the icing, chill the cake, it tastes even better.
Orange juice and zest - 1 orange
Sultanas - 50 g
Sunflower oil + extra for greasing - 150 ml
Eggs - 2
Brown sugar - 140 g
Self raising flour - 170 g
Ground cinnamon powder - 2 tsp
Mixed spice powder - 2 tsp
Soda bi carb - 1 tsp
Carrots , coarsely grated - 140 g
Nuts ( optional - walnut) - 50 g
Soft cheese - 200 g
Butter - 50 g
Icing sugar, sifted - 85 g
Cinnamon - pinch
This step - try doing it the night before - I never have - put the orange zest and juice in bowl with the sultanas. Or stir in the zest, juice, sultana together and microwave for a minute and keep for a few minutes to soak.
Grease and line the base of a loaf tin ( 2lb tin)
Whisk the oil and eggs
Heat the oven to 180 C or 160C fan.
Mix the sugar, flour, mixed spice and cinnamon powder, soda bicarb in a large mixing bowl
Add the sultanas soaked in the juice and zest, grated carrot, nuts and oil-egg mixture into the dry ingredients.
Thoroughly mix with wooden spoon.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or till skewer comes clean.
If you find the top of the cake beginning to brown too quickly, loosely cover with foil
Cool the cake in the tin.
Once cool, remove from tin.
Icing - with electric whisk, beat soft cheese, butter, icing sugar and cinnamon till smooth. Spread over the top of the cake. Decorate with walnut halves.