January 30, 2010

24 Carrot Gold Cake

Carrot Cake is one of those things that you feel good eating. If ever I want to do some 'healthy' baking I make a carrot cake. I actually made this recipe using beetroot instead of carrots before and the raw mixture was dramatically pink, it looked amazing. A rich magenta flecked with vermilion, I loved it. But after half an hour grating beetroot my hands were blushing for a week and the colour did fade once the cake was cooked. So I'll stick with carrots for now.

I love cakes that don't require half an hour of beating butter and sugar till light & fluffy, give me an oil based recipe any day! The cream cheese frosting is gorgeous and cool with the dense moist cake. Perfect with a cup of tea, or for a rabbits' birthday party of course!

8oz plain flour
6oz wholemeal flour
2 tsp bread soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
13fl oz sunflower oil
9oz caster sugar
4 free range eggs
3 medium carrots, grated
A handful of chopped walnut pieces


  • Preheat your oven to 180C. Line two 2lb loaf tins.
  • Mix the oil, sugar, eggs, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
  • Fold in the flours, along with the sifted baking powder and bread soda.
  • Add all of the coarsely grated carrots and the walnut pieces.
    Bake for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
For the icing you can mix a little tub of cream cheese with a dash of vanilla and a shake of icing sugar. Press walnut halves onto the top just like I did in the picture. Gorgeous!
Lilly x


  1. I love the picture, I'd say that was some do! Those bunnys sure know how to party. I really want to try making the beetroot cake, perhaps wearing gloves while grating the beetroots though.

  2. such an exquisite photo.what i wouldn't have given for an invite to that party!

  3. Hi Beaney! I know I would love to have been a guest too but it was a rabbit only event, I was made leave shortly after I took the photo!

  4. Hiya, planning on making this later but - eeks - just noticed you mention baking soda in the steps, but not in the ingredients. How much baking soda do you need? Or can you do without?

    Thanks a lot. I LOVE your blog, it's beautiful and entertaining.

  5. Hi Duckling, sorry! It's 2 teaspoons of bread soda and use Self Raising Flour / Cake Flour instead of plain and it'll work! I can't remember what I did, I have it written in a book somewhere at home, I'll check later!


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