Lighter spiced carrot cake

Lighter spiced carrot cake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling


Cuts into 15 squares
All the joy of baking with healthier results! This traybake uses sweet potato for natural sweetness and lower fat frosting

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal269
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 125ml rapeseed oil, plus a little extra for greasing
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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-…

  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 100g dark soft brown sugar
  • 140g carrot, grated



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

  • 140g sweet potato, peeled and grated
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

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    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 200g sultana
  • 2 large egg
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener similar in…

  • juice 2 oranges



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

For the icing

  • 200g Quark



    This is a soft, smooth curd cheese with a refreshingly light acidity. It ranges from low-fat…

  • 50g fromage frais
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
  • zest 1 orange



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


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm traybake tin with baking parchment. Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb, spice and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Stir in the grated carrots, sweet potatoes and sultanas. In a jug, whisk together the eggs, rapeseed oil, agave syrup and juice from 1 orange. Tip the wet ingredients into the bowl and stir to combine, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Prick all over with a skewer and drizzle over the remaining orange juice. Cool in the tin.

  2. Once cool, make the icing. Stir the quark with a spoon to make it a bit smoother, then fold in the fromage frais, icing sugar and orange zest. Spread all over the cake and slice into squares to eat.

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Comments (14)

StephenHolmes14's picture

Tried this recipe as I was interested to try the sweet potato in the cake...

It was actually really nice, you couldn't tell it was even in there and it tasted delicious!

I did swap the lighter frosting for regular vanilla, wholemeal flour for plain flour and a bit less golden syrup for agave.

totybear1's picture

I deviated from the recipe for health and supply reasons but the end result was delicious cake - used spelt flours instead of wheat for health - omitted sugar for similar reasons and don't have a sweet tooth - used maple syrup instead of agave as ran out of latter - cake was lighter in colour because of lack of dark sugar but it was tasty and kids loved it too

doobyden's picture

@Exotic sometimes a mashed banana will do as an egg sub, but even better and more nutritious is flaxseeds soaked in a little water- they go 'gummy' and are ace at binding. Google it for measures :)

umapurohit's picture

Has anyone made this cake without egg, if so what did you use instead in this recipe please as I am a vegan

Thank you

mechar's picture

A really easy recipe. I left out the syrup and orange juice, (as I had none) but it was still fab. As a novice baker it passed the table test, none left!

mechar's picture

A really easy recipe. I left out the syrup and orange juice, (as I had none) but it was still fab. As a novice baker it passed the table test, none left!

louisasmith's picture

Yummy, moist cake - from the taste, it's hard to believe it's healthier than regular cake. I've made this twice, for friends and colleagues, and both times it got rave reviews.

I couldn't find natural fromage frais in any of my local supermarkets so the first time I made this I just left it out, but the icing was very runny. The second time, I added some cream cheese (philly) and it seemed a little less runny.

cshobbs's picture

This is the best carrot cake recipe I have tried - not too oily, but tasty, moist and light! For the icing I replaced the small amount of fromage frais with creme fraiche (which happened to be in the fridge) - I didn't have any problems with it being too runny.

tartybaker123's picture

Wow, what a fantastic cake. It is so easy to make.. It is packed with flavour. I added a little bit more of the mixed spice than the reciepe said & it was beautiful, very moist which I didn't really expect from a low fat cake.

I did have a problem with the icing in the fact that it was very runny. Measurements were weighed exact, the picture shows a much firmer, stable frosting. I would be really greatful for any suggestions on this.

Even the least experienced baker will cope with this one & the added bonus is you would never know it is low in fat.

mmmaria's picture

Try adding extra icing sugar? I usually make my icing then chill it for a bit to get it to "set" before I ice the cake. Having said that I usually use usually use low fat cream cheese (philly or shops own brand)

kathie12345's picture

Hi Alice
I believe it is a sweetner so any type of sweetner will do i quess
It is twice as sweet as sugar but less calories

birdline's picture

Is there anythig I can use different to Agave Syrup, honey or golden syrup? I live in Spain and I have never come across it in the supermarkets.

tinkestral's picture

I have tryed this one yet but will do tomorrow, i love carrot cake and i cant just have one peice so hopefully this recipe will mean i can have three lol

Questions (3)

lit's picture

What can I use as an egg substitute to make this cake vegan friendly?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, we haven't tested this recipe using an egg replacer but have used Orgran No Egg in a number of recipes. It is designed to be used in baking and is available in larger supermarkets and health food shops. Check out these other vegan cakes too, plus our vegan desserts for more inspiration.

lit's picture

What can I use as a vegan substitute for eggs in a cake recipe?

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