Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting

The sun is beginning to shine, we can now entertain people (in the garden!), and to celebrate here’s a simple recipe that many will love.

Preparation time

25-30 mins

Cooking time 35-40 minutes


Serves 12







3/4 tsp

1 1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp


A little water





1/4 tsp




For the cake:-

Eggs (large)


Self-raising flour (sifted)

Soft brown sugar (light, dark or muscovado)

Sunflower or vegetable oil

Bicarbonate of soda

Ground cinnamon

Ground mixed spice


To soak the raisins


For the cream cheese frosting:-

Butter (at room temperature)

Icing sugar

Cream cheese

Vanilla extract

Optional for decorating:-

Sugar carrots




Make the cake:-

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius / 160 degrees celsius fan

Line 2 x 20cm diameter cake tins with greaseproof paper or baking liners

Place the raisins in a bowl and soak in enough water to cover

Peel and coarsely grate the carrots

Step 2
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the oil and brown sugar together until combined

Step 3
Whisk in the eggs until combined – the mixture will take on a glossy appearance

Step 4
Fold in the sifted self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and mixed spice

Step 4
Split the mixture between the two cake tins and spread evenly

Step 5
Bake for 35-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean

Remove cakes from the oven and leave in their tins for 10 minutes

Remove cakes from the tins and place on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating


Make the frosting:-

Step 1
Cut the butter into cubes and beat with a wooden spoon until soft

Step 2
Add the icing sugar to the butter and beat until combined

Step 3
Add the cream cheese, a spoonful at a time, and beat until combined

Prepare to serve:-

Tip: If the cakes have risen to a dome whilst baking and you prefer a flat top, take a knife and slice horizontally just beneath each dome and remove.

Place one of the cakes on a dish and spread half the frosting evenly across the surface

Place the other cake on top and spread the remaining frosting over the surface

Decorate with sugar carrots, if desired

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