Paul Hollywood’s ultimate carrot cake

  • Serves 8
  • Takes 20 minutes to make, 1 hour to cook
  • Easy
This carrot cake is fabulous, easy and simple. Follow it exactly using digital scales, and it can't go wrong

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories688kcals
  • Fat42.9g (13.8g saturated)
  • Protein7.7g
  • Carbohydrates69.1g (49.6g sugars)
  • Fibre3g
  • Salt0.8g

2.9 / 5 rating (9 votes)

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  • 155ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 230g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 230g light brown muscovado sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 satsuma or mandarin, plus strips to decorate
  • 100g pecans, halved
  • 260g carrots, coarsely grated
  • 3 medium free-range eggs, beaten

For the icing

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 200g full-fat cream cheese
  • 150g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • 2 tsp orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease an 18cm loose-bottomed round cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Add the sugar, zest, pecans and grated carrots, then stir until well combined. Stir in the beaten eggs and oil, then mix well.
  2. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack, leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and leave to cool completely before icing.
  3. For the icing, beat the butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until really soft. Add the cream cheese and beat again until well mixed. Sift over the icing sugar, add the orange juice, then beat until smooth. Store, covered, in the fridge until needed.
  4. To decorate, fill a piping bag fitted with a plain, small nozzle with icing, then carefully pipe lines across the top of the cake. Give the cake a quarter of a turn and pipe more lines across. Dust with a little icing sugar and scatter some grated satsuma/mandarin zest on the top.

From March 2012

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    elizabethmoody11:58 Jan 31 2015

    I am making this for the second time so must be good!easy to make & very light sponge with a great topping.I used sultanas instead of nuts as i had none in the house,also omitted the ginger & mixed spices as i had none.

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