Coconut carrot slices

Coconut carrot slices

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(73 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 15
If you’re looking for a treat for afternoon tea, or something to make for a cake sale, try this crunchy-topped traybake

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal347
  • fat22g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.22g
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  • 250g pack unsalted butter



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

  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs



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

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 200g grated carrot



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

  • 2 tsp mixed spice

For the topping

  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 25g light muscovado sugar
  • 25g butter, melted



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


  1. Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add the sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, coconut and ¼ tsp salt. Stir the carrot and mixed spice into the mix. Bake for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, evenly mix 85g more coconut with 25g light muscovado sugar and 25g melted butter. Smooth this over the cake, then bake for 10 mins more until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool, then cut into squares.

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jennytot32's picture
15th Feb, 2014
7th Dec, 2013
Really tasty - these were devoured very quickly by colleagues (even those who didn't normally like coconut!) and I git a lot of great comments about how lovely and moist they were. As others have suggested I found them to be slightly stodgy rather than light and fluffy but they're still a nice treat. They worked well without the topping and with just a sprinkling of icing sugar on top.
26th Oct, 2013
This is my favourite cake recipe, and have just successfully made a banana version to use up some overripe fruit. Switched the carrot for 200g mashed banana, added a few chopped walnuts to the topping, and the cake is perfect using the same timings. I haven't had a problem with the topping, just make sure it's pressed down firmly and it seems to work a treat.
19th Sep, 2013
This is a really easy and effective recipe, they were really yummy and moorish, everyone loved them. These would get a 5star rating with raisins added to the recipe :)
16th Sep, 2013
Forgot to rate it!
16th Sep, 2013
I used 200g of butter and sugar after reading previous comments. I also spread butter icing over the top instead of the suggested topping. It was very yummy indeed! Very moist and not too sweet. Its def going in my recipe file and I can't wait to make it again. Give it a go!
29th Aug, 2013
This was delicious!... so moist and tasty that everyone in my house liked it. Very easy and quick to make but after reading the previous comments, I did it without the topping and just sprinkled icing sugar on top. I left it in the oven just as stated and it was fine.
9th Jul, 2013
I made these and went off to work....when I got back they had all gone! Everyone loved them! Will be making them again soon (so that I get to try them!)
13th Apr, 2013
It was okay, moist, but I won't be making it again. I didn't like the topping, as others have said here it is too crunchy and not easy to eat at a party. I had high expectations after the amazing peach melba recipe from Jane Hornby so I tried this. I'll definitely give the cappuccino cake a try though.
13th Feb, 2013
I wish I had read all the other comments suggestion before making this today. I followed the timing exactly, in my fan oven at 180 degrees, and this was stodgey and clearly needed more time. I will make again but adding on 15 mins to the original 30 mins before putting on the crunchy topping.


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