Carrot cake with cinnamon frosting

Carrot cake with cinnamon frosting

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus overnight soaking


Cuts into 8-10 slices
Who can resist a slice of moist, frosting-topped carrot cake with a warming cuppa?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen before icing

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal592
  • fat41g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.83g
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  • zest and juice 1 orange



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

  • 50g sultanas
  • 150ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 eggs



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

  • 140g soft light brown sugar
  • 85g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 85g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp each ground cinnamon and ground mixed spice



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 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-…

  • 140g carrots, coarsely grated



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

  • 50g walnuts, chopped, plus a few halves to decorate



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

For the icing

  • 200g soft cheese
  • 50g butter, softened



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

  • 85g icing sugar, sifted
  • pinch ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…


  1. If you have time to do it the night before, put the orange zest and juice in a bowl with the sultanas. If you don’t have time, on the day simply stir the zest, juice and sultanas together and microwave on Medium for 1-2 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and grease and line the base and sides of a 2lb loaf tin. Whisk together the oil and eggs. Mix together the sugar, flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and bicarb in your largest mixing bowl. Add the sultanas with any juice and zest left in the bowl, grated carrot, walnuts and whisked egg mixture into the dry ingredients, then thoroughly mix with a wooden spoon. Tip into the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin.

  3. Once cool, remove from the tin and make the icing. With an electric whisk, beat together the soft cheese, butter, icing sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.

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Comments (128)

bob_the_baker's picture

I simply love this recipe, the cake was light and moist will definitely bake this again. The topping is better mixed by hand so you can control the texture.

01dmcb's picture

The nicest Carrot cake recipe by far. Lovely and moist and the icing was lovely

pepperpotty1981's picture

Wow, this is so nice! I'd never made a carrot cake before but this is so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and cooked it for 1 hour and everyone said how nice it was. It didn't last long!

lindylou59's picture

The cake was delicious, light flavoursome, could really taste the orange coming through...absolutely delicious. The topping however was disaster... Served as a separate sauce, very sloppy even after adding more icing sugar. What did I do wrong? Should I have used full fat soft cheese instead of light or did I mix it too much re a previous reviewer. Would definitely make again though.

conormac's picture

Do you think it would be possible to use a round cake tin to make this? I am taking cakes in to work as it was my birthday and would love to try this recipe out

roynexus's picture

Really nice and easy for an absolute beginner and absolutely delicious!!
Many thanks.
PS. I didn´t have any mixed spice so I used a little ginger grated finely instead.

roynexus's picture

Nice and easy for an absolute beginner and absolutely delicious!
Many thanks

cove65's picture

This is a lovely, easy, moist loaf. I doubled the self raising flour as I did not have any wholemeal self raising and it still had a great colour, and I halfed the Cinnamon and mixed spice, as I thought it would be too heavily spiced for my taste. Baked mine for 50 mins, and have also made it with Gluten free self raising flour, which also worked really well.

susiesue666's picture

I made this last week for a charity coffee morning and proved very popular so made today for the family and even my 11 yr old who doesn't usually do fruity cakes of any sort said it was Lush!!

salaillama's picture

Wonderfully moist and delicious. I have made this twice now, and it's already a family favourite.

andreep's picture

Have used this recipe again and again - never fails!

allielovetocook's picture

Wow, this was my first attempt at Carrot Cake and it'll be the only one I bother with. Can't wait to make it again. So easy to make, gorgeous taste, moist and light. Absolutely yummy. The topping goes so well with it, I used a light soft cheese and it worked really well. Thank you James Martin!!

tony88's picture

James' cakes are nice, but i'd rather get my hands on his I right girls?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

tony88's picture

4 stars for the cake, 5 for James' stonkin bod, am I right girls?!!!!!

wilson49's picture

second time of making, really easy to make . I spread just butter cream through the center making it easier to slice and wrap for lunch boxes, healthier than a lot of other lunch box fillers and very tasty

katiebrien's picture

Really easy and looks fantastic

selina2386's picture

amazing didnt last long in our house!!

gfurrier's picture

This cake is just amazing, i found this website back in march 2012 and i have made several cakes and everyone taught it was so nice, doesn't cost that much to make and goes gorgeous with a cuppa tea :0)

alijfish's picture

Oh this cake is fabulous! So easy to make and tastes like James himself made it!! I will definitely make it again. I actually put orange-flavoured (and orange coloured) chocolate buttons on top as well as walnuts and it looked brilliant! Make this cake, you will not be disappointed!

doriam21's picture

Wonderful cake, but I needed to cook at 180 C in my fan oven otherwise it sank in middle. Made it time and time again, and passed on recipe to friends who agree it is pretty amazing, plus very healthy.


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