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Carrot cake

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
Dietary Vegetarian
From A Taste of My Life


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs and honey until well combined.

  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, vanilla essence and grated carrots and beat well.

  4. Pour the cake mixture into a greased 23cm/9in cake tin and transfer to the oven to bake for one hour until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack and carefully remove from the tin when cool.

  5. For the icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla essence and stir until combined.

  6. Once the cake is cool, using a palate knife, spread the icing across the cake. Serve in slices.


  • 200ml/7fl oz sunflower oil
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 175g/6oz grated carrots
  • butter, for greasing

For the icing

  • 75g/2½oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 340g/12oz icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

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