My carrot cake should be a winner


We have had something of a bake off amongst the presenters as we get ready for our first Baking Boutique show on 2nd September!  Craig, Kathy, Debs Flint and I are going head-to-head to see who has the best cake.

I know from personal experience what a  damn fine cook Ms Tayler is, so I am a bit nervous, but my kids and wife say that the carrot cake the kids and I bake (which is about the only cake I ever bake) is the best in the land!

Watch the videos and judge for yourselves – or even do some baking and taste for yourselves. In the video, I have scaled up the quantities but here’s a more moderate-sized recipe if you want to follow along: Makes 8-10 slices.


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250g carrots

150g butter

2 large eggs

200g soft brown sugar

200g self-raising flour

Half a teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons of baking powder

75g chopped walnuts

2 tablespoons of milk

For the topping:

50g icing sugar

200g cream cheese

A tablespoon of lemon juice

Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence or extract


Grate the carrots, melt the butter, beat the eggs and then combine them in a big bowl. Stir in the sugar and then sift the flour into the mixture, together with the salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

Give it a good mix then add the walnuts and the milk and pour into a greaseproof paper lined, oven proof shallow ceramic dish (which seems to keep it more moist than a metal dish) about 28 x 18cm in size.

Bake at 180C or gas mark 4 for about 45 mins. Whilst the cake is in the oven, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the cheese lemon juice and vanilla extract and when it is thoroughly combined place in the fridge to keep cool.

When the cake is ready, cool on a rack and when it's really cool, spread the topping over the top and slice and stand back ready to receive the compliments.

Carrot cake Heaven!!

Simon x

Vote for your favourite in the presenter bake off by clicking here

1 Comment

  1. Yelena Lewis September 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    Just got round to making this cake with my Ninja. Lovely light cake beautiful topping. More recipes pleeeeease sweet or savoury
    Good Work!

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