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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12th Jan, 2013
I made this with my 5 year old son,very easy to make ,very moist and light will make it again.
19th Oct, 2012
I normally don't like carrot cake but because this recipe added coconut I gave it a try. I am now converted, actually used golden castor sugar instead of light brown but it was great and can't wait to do another. Do not be put off when putting mixture in cake tin, it doesnt look very appertising. I did leave in oven for about 60mins and used butter icing for topping. Definately would recommend you try this cake.
12th Oct, 2012
Made this without the icing (as thought it would be too much) and it was a bit hit. Freezes really well. (In fact, it's even nicer after freezing).
8th Oct, 2012
I made this for a family dinner and got lots of complements. I used 40g of butter in the topping instead of 25g and patted it down firmly and didn't find the topping too crumbly at all.
27th Sep, 2012
worked brilliantly though doubled the butter in the topping and it stayed put.
21st Sep, 2012
really really tasty, will definately make again
12th Sep, 2012
An excellent recipe. Very tasty and moist cake. Love it!
29th Jul, 2012
I made this yesterday and it turned out perfectly. I didn't bother with the topping, I just sprinkled some of the coconut on it while it was still warm. It is very yummy and I will be making it again soon!
27th Jun, 2012
My cake was perfectly cooked after following the exact recipe. The topping had a crumbly texture but stayed on the cake well and I thought it balanced out the moist cake excellently. I liked the combination of carrot and coconut, but for me the sponge was a bit too buttery - I might put in a bit more carrot next time.
16th Jun, 2012
I also found this was very undercooked after 30 mins in the oven, I cooked it for 50 mins and it was light and delicious. I added orange zest and reduced the sugar by 50 grams.


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