Carrot and walnut cake

This moist carrot cake with zesty orange icing is number one choice to accompany a cuppa!
By Rachel Allen
Carrot and walnut cake
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  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes plus 15 minutes cooling
  • Effort: easy


For the cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 200 g soft light brown sugar
  • 300 g peeled and grated carrots carrots, (weight when grated)
  • 75 g pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • A pinch of salt

For the icing

  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 200 g icing sugar, sifted

Tips and Suggestions

The nuts are optional so if you'd like to make nut-free carrot cake, just leave them out


1. Preheat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line the base and sides of a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment, with the paper coming above the sides of the tin to enable the cake to be lifted out easily.

2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl to break them up, then whisk in the oil, sugar, grated carrots and chopped nuts. Sift in the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture together using a wooden or large metal spoon.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin, smoothing the surface with a palette knife. Bake in the oven for between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

4. Allow to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then carefully lift the cake out of the tin with the lining paper. Peel away the baking parchment and place on a wire rack to cool down fully before you ice it.

5. For the icing: Beat all the ingredients together, then use a palette knife to spread evenly over the cake.

Text © Rachel Allen 2012. Photography © Philip Webb 2012.
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