Frosted carrot squares

Frosted carrot squares

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 6-12

Get kids aged 8-14 busy in the kitchen this weekend, making this classic teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
665
protein
8g
carbs
72g
fat
40g
saturates
13g
fibre
2g
sugar
47g
salt
1.33g

Ingredients

  • 200g carrots, peeled
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • zest 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml sunflower oil

For the icing

  • 50g softened butter
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 200g soft cheese
  • sprinkles (optional)

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Method

  1. Line an 18cm square tin with baking parchment. Ask your grown-up helper to turn the oven on to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grate the carrots on the fine side of the grater, then tip them into a large bowl.
  2. Sift the sugar, flour, bicarb and cinnamon on top of the carrot, then add the orange zest and mix everything around a bit.
  3. Break the eggs into a bowl (scoop out any bits of shell), then add them to the bowl along with the oil. Mix everything together well.
  4. Scoop the cake mix into your tin and level the top. Ask a grown-up to put it in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cake is cooked. Cool.
  5. To make the icing, mix the butter and icing sugar together, then stir in the soft cheese until smooth.
  6. When the cake is cool, spread the top with the icing and cut into squares. Decorate with sprinkles, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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Cookbooker's picture

This cake is gorgeous! All the family enjoyed it. I made a buttercream frosting using 175g icing sugar and 75g butter. Lovely!

ge0jane's picture

Wow! This was a really moist cake. I often tend to dry out cakes as am not the best baker but this was a welcome exception. Our friends loved this. Would make again.

mireval's picture

Absolutely delicious! And for anyone who's interested; this recipe works perfectly gluten- free. Just use gluten-free flour (my favorite is Dove's Farm) and it turns out exactly like the original recipe.

clairegrant79's picture

Iv just made this today and it was absolutely amazing, very moist and tasty, and everyone agrees better than the mother in laws!!!

ssharman's picture
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Easy to make, my 2 and a half year old daughter was able to help. Delicious and moist. The only carrot cake I will now make!

babybex's picture

my daughter is only three and a half but we managed to make it together. my husband not a fan of carrot cake but it wasnt safe around him, truly delicious.

samt1985's picture
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Absolutely lovely! Really tasty and simple.

slimkitty17's picture
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I made this cake today for my mum for her Birthday and OMG, I have never made carrot cake before because i always thought it would be difficult but trust me when i say it was soooo easy, throw it all in one bowl, stir the heck out of it and throw it in a lined tin and cook... what could be easier, I made it using Wheat and Gluten free flower which i had to increase the measurement (of flour only) by half again and it came out perfect, I also used Pink Cake Glitter on the top with Silver candles and looks a dream... I wish we could upload our pictures too, Go Go Go Get cooking this cake :D x

samt1985's picture
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Opps forgot the stars!

samt1985's picture
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Possibly the best carrot cake I have tasted! Very quick and easy. Makes a very most cake. Will definitely make this again.

joannemicallef's picture

sooo yummy!

calcon's picture

Mmmmm these were great, made them into cupcakes.

kerryrf's picture
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Great recipe, really simple and makes a lovely moist cake you can easily adapt to your own preference with added fruit or nuts.

nic_ola_m's picture
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very yummy! i halved the cream cheese in the topping and added more icing sugar with vanilla essence and I also added walnut pieces to the mixture. everyone loved it!

imogenrose12's picture
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Love this recipe! When its time to make carrot cake i always reach for this recipe. Its very moist and easy to make. I exchange the topping for butter icing as i love butter icing!

bess2001's picture
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oops i forgot to rate last time

bess2001's picture
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absolutely delicious!!!!! Have now made this cake 3 times in last week and gave some away to my niece, who said it was the best she had ever tasted!!!!!!!! Def make again

bess2001's picture
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this recipe is absolutely fool proof !!! This is my second one this week and it has gone down a treat. I am going to make it using gluten free flour for my niece as her two young boys are coeliacs.

bangthedoldrums's picture
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I made this for my Dad's birthday and it was great :D So easy to make. I forgot about the orange completely until I had put the cake in the oven so I just put a little of the juice and zest in the topping instead. Its moist, light, easy and delicious! I think it'll be my new carrot cake recipe.

fatface's picture

SPLODGEMEISTER: I've discovered only recently how to grate without including my knuckles - and I'm 64, which is even worse. When the item (cheese, carrot etc) gets too small to hold safely put it in the palm of your hand and grate that way, usually right down to the last sliver.

I'm about to make this cake for the first time; wish there was some way we could upload our photos.

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