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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.66 / 5 (391 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
35 min, plus 5 minutes cooling time
makes one 18cm cake, cuts into eight wedges

Home baking without effort - this fresh tasting carrot cake by Roopa Gulati is flecked with chopped walnuts and topped with a cream cheese frosting

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1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line an 18cm diameter round cake tin.

2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and cinnamon powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in the caster sugar, carrots and walnuts.

3. Pour in the corn oil, and add the eggs and vanilla essence. Stir to mix, and then beat for one minute until everything is combined.

4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake in the centre of an oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Remove the cake from the oven and leave on one side for 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Leave to cool completely.

5. For the frosting, beat the butter until smooth, and add the cream cheese and vanilla essence. Gradually stir in the icing sugar.

6. Spread the frosting over the cake and scatter with chopped walnuts. Cut into generous wedges and serve.

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Re the runny icing. I've made this cake a few times and I've found that when I used the supermarket's own brand of soft cheese the icing has been too runny. Doesn't seem to happen if you use Philadelphia. See what you think

KarenM3223 KarenM3223  Posted 09 Sep 2013 6:12 PM

This cake is amazing and so easy to make. Defo the best carrot cake ever.

Tsaville Tsaville  Posted 27 May 2013 1:36 PM

Hi made this cake a couple times its a great easy recipe. I found my topping a little runnier than I like even though I used the correct amount of ingredients, any tips without it being to sweet with extra icing sugar?

DeborahW78387 DeborahW78387  Posted 30 Nov 2012 12:45 PM

Hi Rupa, I am Marie sister.I tried out this recipe and it came out beautifully.One thing i did do with the walnuts before i added it to the batter was toast the walnuts under a grill to make it crispy and then proceeded to remove the skin by rubbing them between the palm of my hands This little touch added texture to the cake. The topping was a nice finish. Great goings ..

lilyR98935 lilyR98935 Posted 23 Jul 2012 7:48 AM

i've made this a couple of times for family and neighbours.The last time decided not to make the frosting. Wonderfully moist and so easy to make.

yassy 1 yassy 1 Posted 11 May 2012 11:27 AM

SajidS16138 SajidS16138 Posted 10 May 2012 4:06 PM

SajidS16138 SajidS16138 Posted 10 May 2012 4:05 PM

A delicious recipe very moist and light. Everyone liked it so it didn't last long. One of the best carrot cake recipes I've tried.

nova5 nova5 Posted 21 Mar 2012 10:03 AM

easy to make and sooooooooooo tasty

hayleyM5293 hayleyM5293 Posted 11 Feb 2012 3:19 PM

BarboraB49962 BarboraB49962 Posted 02 Feb 2012 12:12 PM

AndiB807 AndiB807 Posted 22 Jan 2012 1:25 PM

Easy and tasty but I too found the cooking time to be very inaccurate. It took an hour rather than the stated 35 minutes.

AndiB807 AndiB807 Posted 22 Jan 2012 1:25 PM

First time I've made this cake and it was lovely, really moist and not too sweet, the cream cheese frosting finished it off nicely.. it didnt last very long in our house so I'm making another today but I'm making 2 this time to sandwich together with the frosting and more frosting on top as its yummy!

queen_gravelpants queen_gravelpants Posted 21 Oct 2011 2:25 PM

nice easy cake to make but the cooking time on the recipe is way out took almost 1 hr to cook not 30-35 mins

neilE52056 neilE52056 Posted 20 Oct 2011 3:34 PM

I'm fairly new to baking but my hubby asked me to have a go at carrot cake. I have to say this was so easy to make and absolutely gorgeous. Hubby says its better than shop bought :-)

AndreaZ83434 AndreaZ83434 Posted 06 Sep 2011 7:23 PM

if you want a really moist cake, mash up to bananas and add, it is absolutely fantastic

davidT37688 davidT37688 Posted 13 Jul 2011 8:30 PM

I made this for my family, who absolutely loved it. they said it was the best Carrot Cake they had ever had!

LeilaP27847 LeilaP27847 Posted 04 Apr 2011 6:51 PM

This is a good recipe, nice and easy to follow and the cake is delicious.

garryC80899 garryC80899 Posted 03 Apr 2011 8:04 PM

I love this carrot cake, it's so moist and absolutely delicious.

janeW9958 janeW9958 Posted 17 Mar 2011 11:28 AM

again my cake is flat...i dont know what im doing wrong!

alexandraG52451 alexandraG52451 Posted 15 Mar 2011 10:01 PM

I made this for my flatmates last night, and they said it was the best carrot cake they'd ever tasted. Brilliant!

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 11 Mar 2011 11:42 AM

I LOVE this recipe! Make it for bake sales at work - and it is always one of the first to go! Am making my second cake this week (a lactose free version with a goats milk frosting). It is pretty easy, but in my oven it takes longer than 35 mins to cook (and longer than 5 mins to cool). However, is well worth the effort as it is totally scrummy!!! (submitted by a very novice baker)

RachaelD460 RachaelD460 Posted 19 Feb 2011 6:17 PM

I baked this cake for my grandson yesterday and it was a great success. We all loved it. delicious

NathalieM91748 NathalieM91748 Posted 14 Jan 2011 1:11 PM

This is the best carrot cake I've ever had! I used a different cake form - that's why I had to cook it longer (for almost an hour!) but it was worth the wait! I would recommend the recipe anytime!!!

MichaelaF25215 MichaelaF25215 Posted 03 Nov 2010 5:57 PM

cant stop making it. have been making it for my hubby to take to work......all his work mates want me to make it for them too. fantastic cake mmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy yummy in my tummy x

EMMAK44154 EMMAK44154 Posted 13 Oct 2010 11:51 AM

Absolutely wonderful just like in the shops. I used vegetable oil and did not have a 25cm cake tin so used two smaller ones and sandwiched it together. Very easy and simple to make. Thanks.

ShaziaP97428 ShaziaP97428 Posted 05 Sep 2010 6:10 PM

It was so easy to make and everybody absolutely loved it! I was the best carrot cake I have ever had.

Claudia 1982 Claudia 1982 Posted 22 Aug 2010 9:50 PM

Really delicious, moist cake which was very easy to make. Made double with the intention of freezing one, but sandwiched them together to make one giant cake! Whole family loved it. I didn't have corn oil so used vegetable oil.

JulieB3596 JulieB3596 Posted 18 Aug 2010 9:28 PM

this was the first time i had attemted this recipe and it turned out perfectly. i substituted the plain flour for plain wholemeal flour and it tastes fantastic loved it so much made double the amount 1 hour later.

EMMAK44154 EMMAK44154 Posted 10 Aug 2010 8:34 AM

really easy to make and very tasty.

JillW66906 JillW66906 Posted 07 Aug 2010 9:05 AM

very good cake, made two over the weekend and it was a hit with family and friends.

LanN31054 LanN31054 Posted 21 Jun 2010 1:52 PM

Made this today, tastes really good, very light and fluffy. Plus was very easy!

NaomiR73318 NaomiR73318 Posted 19 Jun 2010 5:41 PM

Tried this yesterday. Great cake! Added a few raisins as well to the recipe. tastes great

VishalakshiR35761 VishalakshiR35761 Posted 04 May 2010 2:57 PM

certainly the best, easiest and moistiest carrot cake I ever made. The frosting is THE traditional cream cheese one! Perfect.
But it does need longer in the oven.

laurenceR30553 laurenceR30553 Posted 18 Apr 2010 11:17 AM

Sorry, meant to rate 5 stars.

LindaA55557 LindaA55557 Posted 14 Apr 2010 8:08 AM

Just bake the cake last weekend. I used a mixer to beat for 1 min and bake for 50mins. Cake came out just right and delicious.

LindaA55557 LindaA55557 Posted 14 Apr 2010 8:06 AM

When i was making the cake, i was very confused with beating the batter for 1 minute. Is it necessary? Don't i just need to mix the batter well? If i do need to beat, what do i use to beat?
Pls tell me. Thanx.

grace1688 grace1688 Posted 12 Apr 2010 1:11 PM

This recipe is excellent! family loved it..not too sweet.
tried it without the frosting..
will bake this again!

reemasq reemasq Posted 04 Apr 2010 7:06 PM

Very easy to make and tasted really light. I used sunflower oil instead of the corn oil which i don't think made a difference.
As it was my first EVER attempt at baking on my own I was very pleased that it turned out so well!

Phoebe_88 Phoebe_88 Posted 04 Mar 2010 1:59 PM

Hi Irene. I've used sunflower oil before and I'm baking a carrot cake right now (different recipe) using rapeseed oil in the place of corn oil. Sometimes you just have to use the ingredients you have to hand.....go for it!!

KateF99106 KateF99106 Posted 13 Feb 2010 5:31 PM

Does anyone know if it's okay to use sunflower oil instead of corn oil?? =/

IreneB2819 IreneB2819 Posted 13 Feb 2010 2:05 PM

Fantastic, easy, moist recipe! I used half plain flour and half whole wheat flour and half olive oil half corn oil and it was delicious! I also added raisins. I'll definitely bake this again.

Kittenscushion Kittenscushion Posted 15 Jan 2010 9:01 AM


catherineB65370 catherineB65370 Posted 14 Jan 2010 2:41 PM

Sorry meant to rate it 5 stars 5*****

IainM76300 IainM76300 Posted 09 Jan 2010 4:54 PM

First time for an old guy to bake a cake. Cant go wrong it was so easy and turned out fab. Near had to fight to get a bit. As said by another baker walnuts could be swapped for raisins or sultanas - will try again but might try mixed fruit - yum yum !!!!!!

IainM76300 IainM76300 Posted 09 Jan 2010 4:53 PM

This cake is very easy to make and VERY yummy! in my house we don't like walnuts, so for the cake mixture i swapped them with raisins, which worked well! i agree that it needed longer baking time- but was worth the wait!

BakingBallerina BakingBallerina Posted 12 Oct 2009 11:37 PM

Love making this cake. It is so easy and scrumptious. It does need to be cooked for longer. I leave it in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour for best results.

NatalieH6674 NatalieH6674 Posted 21 Jul 2009 3:44 PM

Excellent!! Everyone I've made it for has loved it!! Does need quite abit longer cooking time though.

carmelB33233 carmelB33233 Posted 08 Jul 2009 8:59 PM

oh my goodness!! love it love it love it. me and my cousin have been making this cake non stop and alway comes out perfect! will agree needs more cooking time id say an hour. thanks for the great recipeeeeeeeeeeeee.

sevyA27245 sevyA27245 Posted 20 Jun 2009 12:43 PM

Easy, tasty, delicious. Cooking time was longer but well worth the wait. My children loved this also even though we went for the lower fat option and didn't add the topping!

JoHuss JoHuss Posted 03 May 2009 5:42 PM

We've increased the cooking time on this recipe to 30-35 minutes but you might find that it's ready after 20-25 minutes. Thanks, Amanda

Amanda - UKTV Amanda - UKTV Posted 29 Apr 2009 1:15 PM

Same comment about cooking time - leave it in for longer. Any tips for making sure the butter cream doesn't split?

Gandi Gandi Posted 25 Mar 2009 4:33 PM

worst recipe, do not use, the cooking time is much longer, and even after an hour, the cake was raw in the middle, never again, frosting was good though

jessieH73253 jessieH73253 Posted 28 Feb 2009 2:28 PM

Excellent quick recipe to make - though allow 50mins cooking time. Went down a treat with colleagues and my badminton team! Used Clover Light marg to make the icing seem more healthy!

Mia17 Mia17 Posted 09 Feb 2009 4:24 PM

Hi having just made this cake I would just like to point out that mine took 45 minutes not 25 minutes. Great recipe though

KathariineD89614 KathariineD89614 Posted 29 Oct 2008 2:30 PM

Sorry if I'm being stupid but what is corn oil?

Amber1981 Amber1981 Posted 24 Jul 2008 2:35 PM

Best cake i have ever tasted. I have baked it loads of times - find it takes much longer than recommended cooking time. x

Hampi Hampi Posted 18 Jul 2008 8:29 PM

This is the best carrot cake I have ever tasted. I have only ever gotten good comments when my friends taste it. So simple yet so good!

emma_car emma_car Posted 17 Jun 2008 9:30 PM

This is a fabulous recipe - incredibly easy to make, and although the icing isn't a "low-fat" option, it's one of the best parts of it. Topped with chopped walnuts and grated chocolate it also looks fantastic. Yum!!!!

malvika malvika Posted 05 Jun 2007 2:38 PM