Frosted carrot squares

Frosted carrot squares

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling


Makes 6-12
Get kids aged 8-14 busy in the kitchen this weekend, making this classic teatime treat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal665
  • fat40g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs72g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.33g
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  • 200g carrots, peeled



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

  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 200g 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-…

  • 2 tsp cinnamon



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

  • zest 1 orange



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

  • 2 eggs



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

  • 150ml sunflower oil
    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…

For the icing

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


  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.

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Comments (41)

kerryrf's picture

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

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

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

oops i forgot to rate last time

bess2001's picture

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

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

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.

deannat's picture

This recipe was almost perfect - simple to make with very young kids, moist and delicious. I would recommend adding 1 tsp of vanilla essence to the cream cheese topping though.

splodgemeister's picture

Simply scrumptious and very easy to make. I LOVE cream cheese frosting. However, I did manage to grate my knuckle with the carrots. I guess it's my own fault because at 29 years old I thought I didn't need an "adult helper"...looks like I was wrong!!! ;)

bigandyuk1's picture

This is so easy, just chuck it all in a bowl and mix. My wife is a Resturaunt manager and the staff and chefs ask her to get me to make this nearly every week. YUMMY.

queenofbaking's picture

mmm it was delicious and soft but needs less sugar in the cake!

kagsmiskit's picture

Will definitely try this one, so easy. All the ones I see seem so higher-grade!

carocw's picture

This was a great success at my granddaughter's birthday party!

carocw's picture

This was a great success at my granddaughter's birthday party!

11sk11's picture

very yummy and very easy. didn't both with the topping, just dusted with icing sugar. will definitely be making again.

helen68's picture

Great cake, very quick and easy - didn't bother with the fine grate either, or sieving the sugar - just gave it a good mix round abd broke up any lumpy bits. BRILLIANT!!

annasmith1997's picture

I love the topping but thats just because I love the toppings of all the carrot cakes!

sfrazer's picture

adults and kids loved these cakes. has become a weekly favourite in our house.

cazzaaaa's picture

Great little recipe and very simple - I didn't bother grate carrot finely, coursely grated was fine. Very light and moist at the same time. Delicious!


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