Slices of yummy scrummy carrot cake on brown baking paper

Yummy scrummy carrot cake recipe

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Prep: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins


15 slices

Delight friends with an afternoon tea that includes this dairy-free carrot cake. You can bake the cake, freeze it and just drizzle over the icing on the day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal265
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars24.8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175ml 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…

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 140g grated carrot (about 3 medium)



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

  • 100g raisins
  • grated zest of 1 large orange



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

  • 175g 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-…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg (freshly grated will give you the best flavour)



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

For the frosting

  • 175g icing sugar
  • 1½-2 tbsp orange juice


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. Oil and line the base and sides of an 18cm square cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Tip the sugar, oil and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange rind.

  3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices into the bowl. Mix everything together, the mixture will be soft and almost runny.

  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. (You can freeze the cake at this point if you want to serve it at a later date.)

  5. Beat the frosting ingredients in a small bowl until smooth – you want the icing about as runny as single cream. Put the cake on a serving plate and boldly drizzle the icing back and forth in diagonal lines over the top, letting it drip down the sides.

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16th Feb, 2017
Lovely cake- I reduced the oil to about 100/125ml and used cream cheese frosting topped with walnuts and it both looked and tasted great!
20th Jan, 2017
I can only agree with all the other comments - its a wonderful cake. Loving walnuts I did put some in and only used a tiny amount of icing to drizzle but it was still great. Thank you.
11th Dec, 2016
Thank you for the recipe. The cake was simply delicious when I added cream cheese frosting. Love the cinnamon and nutmeg! Although it did not rise much, the texture is brilliant.
25th Nov, 2016
Wonderful recipe! Perfect combination of spices! I baked those in cupcake liners and it worked quite well.
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23rd Nov, 2016
Lovely, light cake. You only need half the amount of icing sugar as a topping though, if you drizzle it over.
21st Nov, 2016
OMG - this is the easiest and scrummiest cake I have ever made!! I added chopped walnuts and skipped the nutmeg, and it still turned out amazing. Going to be making this every possible occasion :)
18th Nov, 2016
Wonderful cake, easy to make and absolutely delicious. Three of my children apparently hated carrot cake - they are now converts after eating this!
17th Nov, 2016
Made this yesterday for my family of 3. amazing cake and super easy to do! It hasn't been 24 hours since I made it and it's almost finished lol. Def making it again :-)
8th Nov, 2016
I was a bit skeptical about this recipe but all I can say is WOW. It's so light and moist, everyone who tried it raved about it. Highly recommend!
20th Oct, 2016
Really delicious cake.......very easy to make. I reduced the oil to 140ml but it was still perfect!!!!


17th Jul, 2014
What spice can I use instead of nutmeg? Thanks in advance, :).
25th Oct, 2014
I just used 'ground spice' as I didn't have any nutmeg. Hope that helps :) (although I'm 3 months too late!)
4th Apr, 2014
This looks great. Can anyone suggest a substitute for the eggs? My friend is allergic!
2nd Feb, 2014
how finely should I grate the carrots for this cake ?
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7th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. A standard grater would be fine for this recipe - like you would use to grate cheese. Hope the cake turns out well. BBC Good Food team


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