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What cake is spicy, juicy and tangy all in one?

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Carrot cake of course! With sweet notes of cinnamon, juicy orange and a sharp tang of cream cheese in the frosting. All these flavours come together to make a one of the tastiest cakes you'll ever have.

This recipe is so very simple and uses very little equipment. I prefer to use a processor to grate the carrots but if you want to grate them by hand it can give a coarser texture which some people prefer. Other than that you just need a deep cake tin, a bowl and a wooden spoon. Read on for how to make this deliciously popular cake.

Makes: 8-10 slices

Total time: 1.5 hrs (not incl cooling)


For the cake:

450ml sunflower oil

400g plain flour

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

550g caster sugar

5 eggs

Pinch of salt

2½ tsp cinnamon

525g carrots, peeled and grated

Zest of 1 orange (optional)

For the cream cheese frosting:

270g full fat cream cheese

70g butter

290g icing sugar

½ tsp orange extract (optional)


For the cake:

• Preheat the oven to 160℃ fan/350℉/Gas 4

• Grease and line (including the sides) an 8” (20cm) deep cake tin.

• Mix all ingredients except the carrots, in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

• Stir in the grated carrots.

• Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a cake tester or skewer comes out clean.

• Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before taking out of the tin and leaving on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

To decorate:

• To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Then ice however you wish!

• Use orange and green fondant icing to make carrots. You can do this by hand or use a fondant mould. If using a mould just fill and pop in the freezer for about 15 minutes.


1. Add the zest of one orange to the mix and ½ tsp of orange extract to the icing.

2. Add raisins and/or walnuts to the mix to give some extra levels of texture and flavour. About 150g of either will work well.


Use a food processor to grate the carrots if you have one, it’s so much quicker and

saves the orange fingers!

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All original imagery by Craig Ballinger Photography.

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