Carrot Cake Recipe


2 free-range eggs

105g (½ cup) dark brown sugar

105g (½ cup) soft brown sugar

150g (1⅛ cups) wholemeal flour

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

35g (⅛ cup) sour cream

105g (⅜ cup) sunflower oil

180g (3 cups) carrots, grated

45g (½ cup) desiccated coconut

For the cream cheese topping:

110g (½ cup) full-fat soft cream cheese

50g (¼ cup) unsalted butter

50g (⅓ cup) icing sugar

juice of ½ lemon


18 cm/7" cake tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F, gas mark 3).
  2. Prepare the cake tin by greasing with butter and lining the bottom and sides with baking paper. Place the lined tin on to a flat, heavy-duty baking tray and leave to one side until required.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, sugars, and sunflower oil in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt bicarbonate of soda and spices. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mix until all ingredients are combined evenly. Finally, fold through the grated carrots and sour cream.
  4. Pour the carrot cake mix into the lined cake tin. Place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched. Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

For the cream cheese topping:

  1. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the softened butter. Beat well until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and continue beating until a smooth consistency is achieved. Finally, slowly add the lemon juice whilst still mixing.

To assemble the carrot cake:

  1. Once completely cool, remove the carrot cake from the cake tin and place on your desired serving plate or cake stand. Using a palette knife, carefully smooth the cream cheese topping evenly across the top of the cake.

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