Frosted carrot squares

Frosted carrot squares

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(36 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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31st Oct, 2014
I made this for my Food Tech assessment for the first time and i loved it!! Tastes amazing xx Making more today :)
22nd Jan, 2014
This cake is gorgeous! All the family enjoyed it. I made a buttercream frosting using 175g icing sugar and 75g butter. Lovely!
16th Dec, 2013
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.
14th Dec, 2013
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.
26th Oct, 2013
Iv just made this today and it was absolutely amazing, very moist and tasty, and everyone agrees better than the mother in laws!!!
17th Aug, 2013
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!
5th Apr, 2013
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.
1st Apr, 2013
Absolutely lovely! Really tasty and simple.
18th Feb, 2013
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
27th Jan, 2013
Opps forgot the stars!


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