Simple carrot cake

    1 hour

    This is a great carrot cake recipe that is easy to make. It calls for self-raising flour, carrots, walnuts and cinnamon - no other spices, pineapple, raisins, etc. The Cream cheese icing is also easy to make and really delicious. Feel free to reduce the amount of sugar in the cake if you prefer your cakes less sweet.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g self-raising flour
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 350ml vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 350g grated carrots
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • Cream cheese icing
    • 225g cream cheese
    • 110g margarine, softened
    • 450g icing sugar
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm round cake tins.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon and sugar. Add the oil and eggs, mix until blended, then stir in the carrots and nuts. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two prepared tins.
    3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. A skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean. Cool cakes on wire racks before removing from tins.
    4. To make the icing: In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese, add the sugar and cream well. Stir in the nuts and vanilla. Use to fill and ice the cooled cake layers.


    You can easily halve the amount of sugar to 200g for a less sweet cake.

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    love this cake always comes out great takes a little longer to cook then it says though  -  09 Feb 2012


    AMAZING - I put a bit less sugar for the icing as I didn't have any and put half caster sugar and half brown sugar for the cale itself, only had a bit over 100g walnuts but still spot on!!  -  13 Jun 2011


    I really enjoyed making this and I thought it tasted amazing. I made it for Sunday lunch when some guests came over and they even took some home with them because they thought it was so lovely!! I do not like cinamon at all but I still put it in and I loved the cake. The cinamon is not very strong and for my guests I would have put a little more in. I did not do the icing as it says as I found a nicer recipe for it. I put all the ingredients in the icing as it says on tus recipe but I also put honey in it and it tasted amazing!!! LOVED IT  -  08 Apr 2012