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Royal recipe: Carrot cake

carrot cake


This is a dark, spicy cake, deliciously moist and very moreish.


2 small free-range eggs
105g (½ cup) dark brown sugar
105g (½ cup) soft brown sugar
150g (11/8 cups) wholemeal plain flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
35g (1/8 cup) sour cream
105g (3/8 cup) sunflower oil
180g (3 cups) carrots, grated
45g (½ cup) desiccated coconut

For the cream cheese topping:
110g (½ cup) full-fat soft cream cheese
50g (¼ cup) unsalted butter
50g (1/3 cup) icing sugar
juice of ½ lemon


18 cm/7" cake tin

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (325ºF, gas mark 3).
  2. Prepare the cake tin by greasing with butter and lining the bottom and sides with baking paper. Place the lined tin on to a flat, heavy-duty baking tray and leave to one side until required.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, sugars and sunflower oil in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and spices. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mix until all ingredients are combined evenly. Finally, fold through the grated carrots and sour cream.
  4. Pour the carrot cake mix into the lined cake tin. Place on the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched. Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the softened butter. Beat well until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and continue beating until a smooth consistency is achieved. Finally, slowly add the lemon juice whilst still mixing.
  6. Once completely cool, remove the carrot cake from the cake tin and place on your desired serving plate or cake stand. Using a palette knife, carefully smooth the cream cheese topping evenly across the top of the cake.