Frosted carrot squares

Frosted carrot squares

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(28 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, 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

    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 (38)

camillab's picture

This is my 'go-to' Carrot cake recipe, I add dried fruit and nuts and chocolate chips sometimes. Really moist, very good crowd pleaser. Fail safe icing too, I use 'lighter' soft cheese and it works really well, so you don't feel as bad when you have your second piece! I work at a hospital and it's a big hit. :)

Poggs Mummy's picture

Lovely light carrot cake that my girls loved helping to make. The icing was too runny, so I added more icing sugar, but it was still very sticky and wet. I would make a buttercream next time and add a little cream cheese. But it is a great cake and has made it into my folder for favourite recipes!

sks1994's picture

This is my go to recipe for carrot cake. It is really simple and easy but tastes amazing. I have managed to convert people who hate carrot cake to love it with this! Honestly the best cake ever. Quick tip though! I realised the last time I made this that I had no cinnamon in the house so I substituted ground ginger in instead. Turned out really good! Just thought it may be a variation some of you may want to try.

sophieburch's picture

This was so easy to make and so lovely - cooked for just under 30 minutes and was cooked perfectly - so lovely and moist! Put it in a slightly smaller tin than stated on the recipe. Didn't put any butter in the icing and it was lovely, looked like it was going to be quite runny initially but it set nicely, we have eaten half of it already!

TheTeenBaker3's picture

I made this for my Food Tech assessment for the first time and i loved it!! Tastes amazing xx Making more today :)

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

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

Absolutely lovely! Really tasty and simple.

slimkitty17's picture

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

Opps forgot the stars!

samt1985's picture

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

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!


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