Classic carrot cake

Classic carrot cake


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About this recipe: This carrot cake is simply the best! This is a tried and tested recipe that has been in our family for years. We have enjoyed it endlessly and it gets requests from family and friends all the time.


Makes: 1 carrot cake

  • For the cake
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 225g grated carrots
  • 75g chopped walnuts
  • 350ml corn oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 150g crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the filling
  • 350g cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr55min 

    For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and line three 20cm cake tins.
  2. Sift the flour and combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl then beat in the oil, eggs, pineapple and vanilla extract. Mix well and divide equally between the three prepared tins.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  4. For the filling:

  5. Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese and the icing sugar in a bowl and whip until light and creamy.
  6. Place the bottom layer of the cake onto a serving plate, then smear 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture over the top. Repeat for the following two layers, smoothing the top of the cake and decorating with a dusting of cinnamon.
  7. Slice and serve the same day for best results.

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