Carrot Cake!

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Delicious & Moist Carrot Cake, Decorated with a lovely light Vanilla Buttercream and nuts!

I love Carrot Cake. When I was little, I despised it was who on earth would want vegetables in a cake?! Little me was obviously wrong as it is DELICIOUS. I posted my recipe for my Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes a while ago and they’ve been a massive hit – they’re a big reader favourite as they’re so light and flavoursome and yumyumyum.

I was asked on my Facebook page for a whole Carrot Cake recipe as sometimes people don’t like transferring a cupcake recipe to a cake as they don’t know the baking times, or how much it’ll actually make – this led me to this beauty. I decorate mine with either Cream Cheese Frosting (which I will post at another time) or Vanilla Buttercream – as this one was made as a request of my boyfriend, we went with the Buttercream!

I love this recipe as it has delicious spices from the flavours of Mixed Spice, Cinnamon and Ginger – I love this combination because it suits the light moistness of the Carrot Cake so well, but doesn’t over power it. The Vanilla from the Buttercream gives it a delightful sweetness that I think is a Cakey marriage made in heaven!

This cake serves 12! 


– 225ml Sunflower Oil
– 4 Large Eggs
– 275g Light Brown Sugar
– 300g Grated Carrots
– 100g Raisins (Optional)
– Zest of 1 Orange
– 275g Self Raising Flour
– 1 & 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
– 2 tsp Mixed Spice
– 1 tsp Ground Ginger
– 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
– 100g Walnuts/Pecans Chopped (Optional)

– 250g Butter, room temperature
– 500g Icing Sugar
– 1tsp Vanilla Bean Extract
– 1-3tbsp Boiling Water
– Chopped Nuts
– Carrot shapes/sprinkles


1)  Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and Grease & line two 8″ Cake tins with Parchment Paper!

2) Pour the Sunflower Oil & Eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar – mix lightly and combine. Add the Grated Carrots & Raisins if using, and Orange Zest and fold through to combine.

3) Add the Flour, Bicarbonate, Mixed Spice, Ginger, & Cinnamon and mix again – try not to over mix! Once combined, fold through the Nuts and pour into the prepared tins!

4) Bake the Cakes in the Oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked through (test with a cake tester, should be clean!) and leave to cool in the tin.

5) Once cooled, make the buttercream – Beat the butter for a couple of minutes so its very smooth in a Stand Mixer with the paddle Attachment – Gradually add the Icing Sugar until all combined and beat on a high speed for a couple of minutes. Once mixed, add the Vanilla Bean Extract and mix again.

6) Whilst mixing, gradually add the Boiling Water till you reach your desired consistency! Beat for another 5 minutes so its super light and fluffy!

7) Place one of your sponges onto the plate you’re using, spread half of the buttercream on top, add the other sponge, and spread the rest of the buttercream on – decorate how you like!

Tips and Ideas

I prefer my Carrot Cake with just buttercream in-between and on top of the layers, but there is enough buttercream to spread it around the edges slightly too.

You don’t have to include the nuts, or the raisins, but I would recommend using at least one of them as the flavour is so delicious!

This cake will last 4 days covered at room temperature!


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  • Charlotte
    July 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Could inuse orange extract instead of zest and if so how much?

  • Lydia
    July 18, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Hi Jane, Could i make this recipe gluten free but substituting the flour for gluten free self raising flour? i’ve spotted your gluten free recipe but i made this recipe the other week and it was beautiful and i love the spices!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Hey! Yes it should do, but the it may be slightly crumbly (may be good to add xantham gum!) x

  • M
    June 20, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Hey! Love all your recipes and I’m planning to bake this cake this weekend☺️Would it matter too much if I left the orange out as I don’t have any oranges or extract? Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 20, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Ahh yay! And no that’s absolutely fine – I just like the flavour it brings!

  • Nikki
    June 13, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Hello I’m wondering if I can use sponge flour instead of self rising as I only use sponge flour for my cakes, and add a tap on baking powder instead. Will that be ok?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 13, 2020 at 9:13 am

      I’ve not tried this cake with sponge flour before personally, but if it’s what you normally do!

  • Bex
    June 12, 2020 at 7:28 am


    I’m going to make your coffee cake for my brother’s birthday, but he loves coffee and walnut so I was wondering if I added chopped walnuts into the cake mix would I need to reduce/add anything else so it’s not too dense or dry? Thank you! : )

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 12, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Hey! I personally would just add the walnuts in – I don’t think it should dry it out too much! x

  • Saphena
    June 10, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Hey! Hope your well! Been trying your recipes and have all been a hit so thank you! I’m going to attempt this tonight just want to ask what’s the difference if I use light brown sugar or castor sugar? I thought I had enough brown sugar but I don’t!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      So the flavour is different – but for cakes, you can swap between them! x

    June 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Amazing cake. Beginner in making cakes and love a carrot cake.
    Baked this and it tasted beautiful.
    Thank you for putting the recipe up xx

  • Christine
    June 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Baked this and oh my it’s the best carrot cake I have eaten. Better than anything in the shops. Made it with your traditional cream cheese topping instead of butter cream and left out the raisins, I also don’t like cinnamon so left this and the other spices out. But that’s my preference.

    My husband couldn’t stop praising it.

    Have tried a few of your recipes as they are yummy and very easy to follow.

    Will be back for more. Thank you

  • Gracie Macdonald
    June 3, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Hey! How could I make this without bicarbonate of soda or any baking powder because I can’t get in the shops they are all sold out!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 3, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Hiya – so without any raising agent it will be denser, but otherwise will work!

  • Iqra
    June 1, 2020 at 12:55 pm


    Due to lockdown I have been baking birthday cakes for my family and I have only used your recipe. My family love the cakes. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blogs and recipes. Il making this carrot cake for my dads birthday.

    Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 1, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! And I hope you all love the carrot cake!

  • Alliesha
    May 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Hi! I’m planning on making this for Father’s Day this year, but we’re not keen on cinnamon, will I be able to simply remove this or shall I replace it with something else? Thank you! 🙂

  • Mez
    May 22, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Hey hope your well. I love your bakes! What are the measurements if I bake these two layers on a 24cm cake tin? Hope you can get to me ASAP. Many thanks xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 22, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Hey! I would use 1.5x the recipe, so add another half on! The baking time will increase by quite a bit x

  • Kirsty
    May 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Would it be okay to use Olive Oil instead of instead of Sunflower Oil. I’m sure I’ve asked you this for the cupcakes and you said yes. But just wanted to make sure it would be okay for the cake too?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 19, 2020 at 8:21 am

      You can – but sometimes it will have a stronger taste which some people don’t like! x

  • Louise
    May 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Fab recipe. Baked this for my Mum’s birthday and it went down a treat. She’s a massive fan of carrot cake and said this was one of the best she’d tried. Thanks Jane! xx

  • Clare
    May 8, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Hello, I would love to make this cake, but haven’t managed to buy any light brown sugar. I have Demerara sugar or golden caster sugar in my cupboard, which would work best?

  • Becky Dando
    May 7, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Jane, I absolutely love your recipes.
    Would I be able to bake this cake in one 8 inch cake tin instead of two? If so, what temperature and for how long? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 7, 2020 at 10:14 pm

      I’m afraid I don’t know the baking time as I haven’t tried this – I would assume at least double but I could be wrong.

  • H
    May 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Very delicious and moist! 😊

  • Faye
    May 2, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    With this recipe, I would like to make it into a 3 layer, I calculated all the ingredients but I seemed to end up with all peculiar measurements, would I need to still use them or could I round up? Sorry I hope you understand that haha xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Hey! So when making a two-layer cake a three-layer cake, I usually just do 1.5x the recipe. Some things may seem a little weird but I just round up to the nearest 10 (so like 410 rather than 406) x

    • Faye
      May 4, 2020 at 11:01 pm

      Thankyou! I have tried countless carrot cake recipes and none seemed to have worked very well, but I know I can always count on your recipes so I’m looking forward to giving this a go xx

  • Hannah
    April 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Jane!

    I’m having a real issue with my cakes not rising! Have you got any tips?



    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 27, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      The best thing I can suggest is to watch my YouTube video on this recipe – it might be over mixing, or something being measured incorrectly perhaps!

  • Rachel
    April 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Wow looks amazing, what would be the conversation if I wanted to make it a 3 layer cake??

    Many Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Add on one more half again and bake into three tins!

  • Ellie
    April 3, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Sounds amazing!! There seems to be a shortage of light brown sugar in the supermarkets at the moment, would normal caster sugar or Demerara sugar work??

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Yes you can, either will work – Demerara is the closest flavour wise!

  • Emma Allen
    March 10, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Jane I really need your help…..I always use your recipes for everything as they are amazing. My friend has asked me to do a two tier cake and wants carrot cake as the top 6 inch 4 layer cake…..would it even be possible to scale this recipe into that requirement and also I have two 6 inch deeper tins that I then split the sponges. It’s all so confusing! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 11, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Theoretically, you could just bake this recipe into the two tins, as that will make them deep enough to cut into (if that makes sense), but bake for longer!

    • Aimi Stewart
      May 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      I will be giving this ago as need a deeper 6 inch cake. Any idea how long to bake 2 deeper 6 inch sponges ?

      Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 13, 2020 at 9:11 am

      I’m afraid I haven’t baked these in 6″ tins before! Sorry!

  • Jen C
    January 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my, I made this yesterday as a birthday cake and it was delicious, my kitchen smelt amazing, so easy to make. I made an orange curd and mixed that into the buttercream for added flavour – it was all delicious.

  • karen
    January 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    hi jane
    this cake is so good, I want to make it again but maybe with some cinnamon buttercream, like the one in your apple crumble cake, do you think that would work or be overkill? xx

  • Heather
    October 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Jane, is it possible to switch out the flour for gluten free flour to make this recipe suitable for those who need to ear gluten-free? I know you have another recipe for a gluten-free carrot cake but I like the sound of this one better with the nuts and the icing! Thanks x

  • Sam
    October 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I made this and it was amazing! Can I use this recipe for cupcakes or will it make too many? Also can I pipe the cream cheese frosting? Thank you xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      It would make quite a few – have a look at my carrot cake cupcakes. And you can, as long as you don’t make it too runny!

    • Hollie
      June 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Jane, could I use flaxseed to replace the eggs in this? Thank you x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 11, 2020 at 11:50 am

      I haven’t tried that personally with this one, but it should work absolutely fine! x

    • Hollie
      June 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Would I just do 1 table spoon to 3 of water for each egg?x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 11, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Yes! x

  • Jasmine
    September 30, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Hi jane, can i leave out the mixed spice or substitute it with something as i can’t have nutmeg and mixed spice contains it, thank you

  • Stella Fotopoulou
    September 26, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Hi Jane – does vegetable oil work instead of sunflower oil?

  • Krina
    August 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Would you use 5 medium eggs instead of 4 large?

  • L
    August 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

    How many medium eggs would you use for this recipe?

  • Nikki
    May 16, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Jane, I love this recipe and have decided to do it as the base layer for my three teir wedding cake. You’re recipes have convinced me I’m a professional baker! Can you tell me how you would alter the recipe for 12 inch cake tins please? I have 2 tins but they’re quite deep. Thanks so much!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Awh that’s amazing! Technically for the same depth of cake, you need to use 2.3x the original recipe. I will say though, the cake will be extremely soft so might not be the best if covering in any way such as with fondant, and I would also recommend baking at 140C Fan and for a much longer time to keep it moist and help it bake flat!

    • Nikki
      May 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks for getting back to me! Is there a recipe you would recommend as the bottom layer? I have cake rods if that helps?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Don’t get me wrong you can definitely still try it, but it would need VERY good dowelling haha!

  • Dani
    April 10, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Made this cake for mother’s day and my family will not stop talking about it! Thank you for the amazing recipe, you’ve given hope to a once useless baker!

    • Sarah McHugh
      April 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Jane I only currently have dark brown or normal sugar what one do you suggest. Love your website 😍

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 29, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      Ah thank you! Do you mean granulated or caster for the normal sugar? I would use either caster sugar or dark brown!

  • Angie
    March 26, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Can you make the cake in advance & wrap in cling film like the maderia?. Then fill it with buttercream when ready. I usually do this 2 days in advance.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 26, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      Carrot cake is very very different to madeira, and is usually quite hard to wrap because of the moisture content. If I’ve ever made a carrot cake in advance, I’ve kept it in the fridge and it’s been fine!

  • Hannah Underwood
    February 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Me and Luke baked this cake (Luke did most of the hard work I just finished it off at the end) It tastes delicious and can’t wait to watch him eat it

  • maura wall
    January 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I would like to make this but if I made in a loaf tin, what size would i use and for how long to cook

  • Bec
    January 13, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Just made this and it is perfect! Followed the recipe exactly and couldn’t have asked for better. Noone else in our house likes carrot cake so it’s all mine 😁

  • Lizziestrawbs
    September 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    How do i do this without the nuts and what do i substitute the nuts in the cake with?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Either raisins, or just leave them out! x

  • Laura
    September 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Hiya jane would you be able to bake this in a loaf tin to make a loaf cake?

  • Clare W
    September 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Jane, what quantities would you use for a three layer cake? I’ve guessed using your drip cake recipes as a guide but I’m not convinced I’ve done it right 😬

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 9, 2018 at 9:24 am

      If you wanted the same depth of sponges as in this recipe, you basically need to add another 1/2 on for the third tin. As it’s a carrot cake and not a victoria sponge style, it works slightly differently to those other recipes.

    • Clare W
      September 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Brilliant, thank you. The quantity of sunflower oil was throwing me out 🤦‍♀️ I’ll find out this afternoon if I’ve done it right when I get to taste the cake xx

    • Helena Mann
      August 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Heya – so is it that you add another 1/2 to all the ingredients to do a 3 layer cake ? i.e. 412g of flour rather than 275g or am I getting confused? Thank youu

  • K
    August 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hi, do you by any chance have a cheese cream frosting recipe to go with this and would you pipe it?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 24, 2018 at 9:15 am

      There’s one on my Red Velvet Cake recipe x

  • Chantelle
    April 21, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    This be ok in two 7” pans?? X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 22, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Yes it would! Might take a little longer to bake! x

    • Lesley Pugh
      July 31, 2020 at 6:31 am

      Hi Jane, love you blog! Can you freeze this cake? Thanks in advance!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Yes you can!! X

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  • […] get that, and I accept that, and to be honest… I love carrot cake. I based this recipe on my Carrot Cake recipe, and its just so good! Not trying to blow my own trumpet of […]

  • Sophia
    March 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Jane this is my ultimate fave recipe for carrot cake but was wondering can you use the same recipe for cupcakes too? Xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 7, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Hiya! You can indeed! I do have a carrot cake cupcake recipe which you can use which is ever so slightly different, but you can easily just use this one as well! xx

  • Ola
    December 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Jane, do you grate carrots on fine or coatse grater? Last time I did coarse, now thinking wherher to try fine, do you think it’ll make a difference?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

      I just do it on a standard grating size, so not that fine.

  • Mariam
    November 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    HI can i add cream cheese for the frosting snd how much

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 30, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Take a look at my red velvet cake post!

  • Mariam
    November 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Hi Jane
    Is it cinnamon n ginger powder to add

  • Nicola
    November 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Will this recipe be ok for stacking and icing? x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      It is extremely soft and delicious, but it’s worth a try, but I can’t guarantee it’ll be solid enough? x

  • Ola
    September 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Brilliant cake, turned out perfect! I omitted orange zest, and only kept cinnamon to flavour it to suit my children ‘s taste and it was amazing! Too bad I liked it too, the scales won’t be happy 😉

  • Anna Gael Co-Alivia
    September 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Hi jane. What can I use to substitute sunflower oil? Thanks ?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Can I ask why you want to substitute it? It’s quite an important part of the recipe. ?

    • Ola
      September 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Try a different oil? Canola or vegetable?

  • Ali
    April 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Jane, would it be possible to use caster sugar in this recipe rather than light brown sugar? thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      You could, it just might change the flavour/texture ever so slightly!

    • Ali
      April 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you I made the carrot cake and it was lovely. Luckily I had some light brown sugar in my cupboard xx

  • Maura
    May 4, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Jane, i am not a fan of round cakes, would it fit in one 2lb loaf tin, Also i have a problem when making carrot cake, it turns out very crumbly Any reason this is happending.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I wouldn’t know as this is designed to be baked in the tins stated. And probably because carrot cake can be really moist or you have overbaked it.

    • Maura
      May 4, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Ok thanks yes i usually leave it in 10 mins more then reguired as i am more afraid of it being under baked.

  • abbiosbiston
    August 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Looks delicious! I put pineapple puree in my carrot cake!

  • vvaidehi
    August 11, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Hi Jane, I love your recipes but I am not able to try them out as I don’t eat eggs. Why don’t you post a couple of recipes without eggs for people like me?

  • testaadriana
    August 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome… I’m trying it REALLY soon. Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 10, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Awwwh yay! Let me know how it goes! ☺️

  • Gen
    August 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Carrot cake is my absolute favourite and your pics make me tummy-rumbling hungry!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Haha thank you! But sorry about that ?

    • Gen
      August 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      No no, I enjoy food porn!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Hah I like your style ?

  • Gingerbread Jenn
    August 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Carrot cake is one of my favourites, so this looks absolutely great!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Jenn! It’s so utterly delicious isn’t it ☺️

  • thesnowwoman
    August 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I love carrot cake and this one looks amazing.

  • Pistachios
    August 10, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I use very similar ingredients in my carrot cake, but never thought to add in orange zest. I might give that a try next time!


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