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The Perfect Carrot Cake Recipe

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This is literally the best carrot cake recipe ever. It's quick, it's easy and it's just complex enough so you can be proud of your incredible achievement. Everyone loves this cake and you won't believe you've made this.  

I was a latecomer to the carrot cake party, but I'm here to stay! It's my husband's favourite too, which makes it a double-edged sword - while it's nice and convenient when it comes to deciding on celebration cake flavours for ourselves, there's this awkward expectation of sharing whenever we are out. AIBU to think that we should get our own slices in the same flavour? Or is it more cultured to get different flavours and share? Because I don't want to get another flavour and I certainly don't want to share. 

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe

If you face the same issue, the answer is just bake it yourself. It's the most simple yet gratifying cake ever with just the right amount of complexity to feel proud of the outcome, and the cream cheese frosting gives it the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. Oh, and it's stashed full of carrots which we all know we could always do with eating more of.

The Recipe for Perfect Carrot Cake

Prep Time: 60m | Cook Time: 30m | Total Time: 90m
Serves: 10 | Calories: 187 

The Perfect Sponge

Ingredients

For 3x 6inch round tins, or 2x 8" round tins

  • 300g light brown muscavado sugar
  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 medium-sized carrots, grated
  • Zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 300g self raising flour, sifted
  • 1.5 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1.5 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Knob of butter (heehee...'knob')

Carrot Cake Recipe Ingredients

 

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and prepare the baking tins by greasing well with the knob of butter. In a mixing bowl, stir together the beaten eggs, sugar and oil till well mixed. 

2. Tip in the grated carrots and orange zest next and mix until well combined.

3. Add in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon and stir till well mixed. The mixture will be quite wet. Divide into the tins and bake for 30 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Carrot Cake Recipe Batter

4. Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to rest in their tins for around 10 minutes. Release them from the tins and let cool at room temperature on a wire rack. Try to resist digging in at this point!

Carrot Cake Sponge Recipe

The Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

You can flavour our signature Swiss Meringue Buttercream with a few tablespoons of full fat cream cheese (at room temperature - otherwise the coldness of it can seize up the buttercream) which is lovely and smooth. Or if you are short on time and would like to skimp on effort but not flavour you can try this quick-and-easy frosting that will leave you with a fluffy frosting that crusts ever so slightly.

Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, soft at room temp
  • 300g icing sugar, sifted
  • 200g full fat cream cheese, room temp

 

Method

1. In a stand mixer, whip the butter and icing sugar together till light and fluffy.

2. Add in all of the cream cheese and whip at medium speed for a few more minutes until well combined, fluffy and thick. DO NOT whip beyond this as it could go runny and will no longer be of pipe-able consistency.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Decorate the Perfect Carrot Cake

Ingredients

Chopped walnuts

Whole walnuts

 

Method

1. Smear a dollop of frosting in the middle of the cake board. Place a carrot cake sponge layer and centre it on the board.

Layering Carrot Cake Sponges with Cream Cheese Frosting

2. Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting on the cake sponge. Place another sponge layer over and repeat until all sponges are sandwiched evenly.

Carrot Cake Recipe Frosting Layers

Naked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

3. Smooth a crumb coat of cream cheese frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Using a decorating turntable and offset spatula or cake scraper helps get a smooth finish. Place in the fridge to set for a few minutes. Add another coat of frosting over the crumb coat to fully cover the cake. Sprinkle crushed walnuts over the top and along the base of the cake.

Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake and Cream cheese frosting with walnuts recipe

4. Fit a piping bag with a medium star nozzle and pipe dollops along the top of the cake. Decorate with whole walnuts.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

5. DIG RIGHT IN! OMG it's the best you'll EVER HAVE.

Carrot and Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If you make this please do show off and tag me on Instagram @angesdesucre #angesdesucre so I can come and feast with my eyes too.

The best slice of carrot cake

Lots of love,

Reshmi xoxo 

Can't be bothered to make your own carrot cake? Live in London? Order your carrot online now!

 

14 Responses

Svitlana

Svitlana

October 12, 2022

In North America we add crushed pineapples, nutmeg and walnuts.

Wendy Beddoes

Wendy Beddoes

September 08, 2022

Just wanted to say I love your recipes. They always turn out so beautiful and taste amazing. Thank you for sharing with us all ❤️

Olivia S

Olivia S

July 16, 2022

Hi, I’d like to make this cake for my sisters wedding. Is it suitable to freeze ahead of time? I am making all the tiers now and then will transport to Scotland! Thank you, Olivia

Martyn South

Martyn South

December 22, 2021

I made this carrot cake for my wife’s 50th birthday and everyone has commented how amazing it tasred and how moist it they ranked it the best they’ve ever had! I had issues with the first cake not cooking so I lined the tin and moved the shelf up one in the oven for the second cake and it cooked perfectly

Jane Beukenholdt

Jane Beukenholdt

September 03, 2021

Amazing cake but next time I’ll line the tins as despite the generous buttering they stuck and needed gluing with icing 😊

Sarah

Sarah

June 01, 2021

What’s a knob of butter? How many grams is that

Celine

Celine

May 12, 2021

How tall are the x2 8” cakes? As I want to make a 4 layer about 5” tall.

Caroline Hayes

Caroline Hayes

April 08, 2021

Can I just ask about the calories?! 187 seems super low for the ingredients!x

Lauren Daniels

Lauren Daniels

March 02, 2021

Can I check- when you say baking soda, do you mean bicarbonate of soda or baking powder? Thanks!!

Nicola

Nicola

August 10, 2020

Hi, can I ask, did you use the Swiss merginue buttercream for the cake photographed? Many thanks

Leah

Leah

July 02, 2020

Made this for my daughters 18th Birthday and everyone said it was the best carrot cake they had ever tasted!

Amy

Amy

June 10, 2019

Can muscavado sugar be substituted with brown? Many thanks

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman

April 13, 2019

The best carrot cake recipe that I have found. Thank you so much for sharing.

Kay Stephens

Kay Stephens

October 01, 2018

5* Followed the recipe without problem and the end result was divine (pat on the back for me)!

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