Carrot, courgette & orange cakes

Carrot, courgette & orange cakes

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Makes 2 x 20cm cakes, each cuts into 8-10 slices

Turn a garden glut into something amazing with this delicious, moist cake and freeze one for later too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal273
  • fat14g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • zest 2 oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g carrots, grated



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 100g courgette, grated



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

For the icing

  • zest 1 orange, plus 2-3 tbsp juice



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 140g icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking parchment. Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, bicarb, zest and the mixed spice together, then stir in the carrot and courgette. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted in comes out clean. Cool.

  2. To make the topping, mix enough of the orange juice into the icing sugar to give a thick, but drizzly icing. Drizzle over the cakes, then scatter with the zest and leave to set.

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Comments (49)

jollyrotten's picture

I also did this as a loaf instead of a round cake (needed more cooking time obviously) and I also did a cream cheese frosting instead of the icing. This cake is genius and delicious! I love how you can see the specs of courgette and carrot in the sponge, it makes it really unusual. It's so moist - got rave reviews from all who tried it!

virgocook's picture

Forgot to say, have used a different cake/loaf tin shape each time, with no difference to quality of the cake - a very forgiving recipe.

virgocook's picture

Love this recipe, have made this three times, to use up veggies which are loitering around. I sneaked in grated beetroot this last time, as well as courgette and carrot. Beautifully moist cake, and even the beetroot haters in the family liked. The orange zest and spice really carry the cake. Didn't ice this time round, by popular request.

wendywoo1973's picture

Absolutely delicious and my daughter described it as the best cake she'd ever tasted (she is 11 so maybe not the best judge in the world but praise anyway!). The cake is very moist and I think the icing on top is a nice treat but you could easily eat it without. I used one half and froze the other half but if I were entertaining I think I would make one big cake and sandwich the two halves together.

moolala's picture

Loved it, which I'm really surprised about as I hate carrot cake but this is awesome. I'm actually eating it as I type....................

lisadomjan's picture

I was lucky enough to be given some lovely home grown courgettes by a Spanish work colleague so thought I would give this recipe a try & it turned out really well first time. Very moist with an unusual texture but delicious nevertheless! Made one for for us & one for Maribel for being so generous with her veg. She also loved it by the way! Didn't put the icing on as it didn't need it. Love the fact that it can be frozen for another day too. Will definitely add it to the repertoire!

mrswhelk's picture

Absolutely delicious, very moist and it disappeared as quickly as it was pit on the plate. You'd never have thought it contained courgette.

fozzyx's picture

Delicious! Had to cook in the oven for 5 mins longer and make a little extra icing, but all easy enough!

lizzielreynolds19's picture

Good cake and easy to make once all Veg is grated. Needed more like 40mins in our gas oven. Icing made with juice squeezed from zested oranges was lovely. Everyone enjoyed it!

michyd29's picture

Ogm, this cake looks so good, have to make me one later ;)

nicoleinafrica's picture

Quite good, but not the best I have made

needideas's picture

Blooming lovely cake, even my 13year old daughter loved this after telling her it had courgette in. I didn't put much icing on as I'm not a huge fan of icing but the cake was already moist enough.
I had to cook them for 40/45mins.
Definately be baking these again.

beclin's picture

Yum yum yum, this cake is fantastic!

amichelles17's picture

Oh wow.....this cake was absolutely delicious......I didn't make the icing as the cake was so moist by itself that I didn't feel it needed really surprised everyone too!!!! Going to make it again, right now and freeze it for a mid week treat!!! Yummy!!!!

bridalzone's picture

scrumptious. definitely 5 star rating. Family loved it.

loujay's picture

I made this cake a few days ago as one big cake. I love to cook but am a complete novice at baking. Delicious! So moist and lovely. I read in one of the previous comments that the cake kept a 'marbled effect', unfortunately mine didn't. I put the icing on too quickly so it didn't look as pretty. But it's lovely :) and even I managed it!

wizzbang82's picture

Lovely cake. I made this as a gluten- free cake and as the Dove's Farm flour absorbs extra liquid, I put in the juice of the two oranges I had zested, so nothing went to waste.

As a gluten free cake it is very crumbly and difficult to handle. I also found it needed another 15 mins at Gas Mark 2 to cook the cakes thoroughly.

I would try these again, but as a loaf cake. I agree that the icing is very sweet- myabe a yogurt or cream cheese frosting would be less sweet? I wasn't expecting the veg to be so visible, but despite initial complaints from my husband- he said this is one of the freshest, zingyest tasting cakes ever!

mighty_south's picture

Forgot to give this a five star rating

mighty_south's picture

Went down a treat. Will make this one again!

kvhodgson's picture

This is a lovely moist cake, which is not too difficult to make. Lots of grating involved (carrots and courgettes) but the end-result is well worth the effort. I liked the orange icing, but my husband preferred the cake by itself, sans frosting. I think unless you have quite a sweet tooth you may wish to leave the cake un-iced. Courgette in a cake is delicious, not something I'd thought to do before.


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