Carrot Cake


  • 180 g self raising flour
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 220 g grated raw carrot
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 300 ml sunflower oil
for the frosting:
  • 180 g cream cheese
  • 180 g melted butter
  • 220 g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence


Preheat the oven. Heat your oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Grease and line a 25cm round cake tin.

Combine the dry ingredients. Sieve together 175g self-raising flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Put 300ml oil in a large bowl and beat with 350g the sugar. Beat in 3 eggs one at a time, then fold in the dry ingredients and stir in 225g grated carrot.

Place the mixture in the tin, level off the top, and bake for 45 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 170C/325F/gas 3 for a further 20 minutes. When it's done, take the cake out of the oven and cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Then remove from the tin to cool on a wire rack.

While the cake is cooling, beat together the 175g cream cheese and 175g butter and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence. Gradually add 225g sieved icing sugar until the mixture is stiff but spreadable. Spread on cake.

Difficulty: Easy

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