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Zesty Carrot Cakes

Zesty Carrot Cakes

30 - 60 minutes, Dessert, Vegetables -

Nothing beats the fragrance of a freshly-baked tray of little carrot cakes stuffed with spices, dried fruit and a spoonful of fruity wholegrain mustard.


  • 169g butter
  • 3 tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 170g firmly packed brown sugar
  • 150g slivered almonds, ground (about 173g ground)
  • 105g all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250g grated carrots (about 2 large carrots)
  • 2 tbsp. Maille Wholegrain Mustard
  • 3 tbsp. golden raisins
  • Grated peel of 2 oranges (about 3 tbsp.), divided
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon (about 1-½ tbsp.)
  • Grated peel of 1 lime (about 1 tbsp.) (optional)
  • 1½ tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground coriander (optional)
  • 350g confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water


  1. Preheat oven to 185∘C. Spray 20 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Melt butter with walnuts in small saucepan; set aside.
  2. Beat eggs with brown sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy; set aside. Mix ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in egg mixture just until blended. Stir in walnut mixture, carrots, Maille Wholegrain Mustard, raisins, grated peels (only 1 of the orange), ginger, cinnamon and coriander until blended. Spoon evenly into prepared cups. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely.
  3. Blend confectioners sugar, water and remaining 1 ½ tablespoons orange peel in medium bowl. Spread on carrot cakes and let stand uncovered until set, about 2 hours.