Lighter spiced carrot cake

Lighter spiced carrot cake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling


Cuts into 15 squares
All the joy of baking with healthier results! This traybake uses sweet potato for natural sweetness and lower fat frosting

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per square

  • kcal269
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 125ml rapeseed oil, plus a little extra for greasing
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 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 tbsp mixed spice
  • 100g dark soft brown sugar
  • 140g carrot, grated



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

  • 140g sweet potato, peeled and grated
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

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    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 200g sultana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup

    Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener similar in…

  • juice 2 oranges



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

For the icing

  • 200g quark



    This is a soft, smooth curd cheese with a refreshingly light acidity. It ranges from low-fat…

  • 50g fromage frais
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
  • zest 1 orange



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


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm traybake tin with baking parchment. Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb, spice and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Stir in the grated carrots, sweet potatoes and sultanas. In a jug, whisk together the eggs, rapeseed oil, agave syrup and juice from 1 orange. Tip the wet ingredients into the bowl and stir to combine, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Prick all over with a skewer and drizzle over the remaining orange juice. Cool in the tin.

  2. Once cool, make the icing. Stir the quark with a spoon to make it a bit smoother, then fold in the fromage frais, icing sugar and orange zest. Spread all over the cake and slice into squares to eat.

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26th Nov, 2012
This is the best carrot cake recipe I have tried - not too oily, but tasty, moist and light! For the icing I replaced the small amount of fromage frais with creme fraiche (which happened to be in the fridge) - I didn't have any problems with it being too runny.
23rd Nov, 2012
Wow, what a fantastic cake. It is so easy to make.. It is packed with flavour. I added a little bit more of the mixed spice than the reciepe said & it was beautiful, very moist which I didn't really expect from a low fat cake. I did have a problem with the icing in the fact that it was very runny. Measurements were weighed exact, the picture shows a much firmer, stable frosting. I would be really greatful for any suggestions on this. Even the least experienced baker will cope with this one & the added bonus is you would never know it is low in fat.
22nd Jul, 2015
Try adding extra icing sugar? I usually make my icing then chill it for a bit to get it to "set" before I ice the cake. Having said that I usually use usually use low fat cream cheese (philly or shops own brand)
21st Nov, 2012
Hi Alice I believe it is a sweetner so any type of sweetner will do i quess It is twice as sweet as sugar but less calories
17th Nov, 2012
Is there anythig I can use different to Agave Syrup, honey or golden syrup? I live in Spain and I have never come across it in the supermarkets.
11th Nov, 2012
I have tryed this one yet but will do tomorrow, i love carrot cake and i cant just have one peice so hopefully this recipe will mean i can have three lol


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