Carrot Cake Traybake!

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A Delicious, Easy, and Moreish Carrot Cake Traybake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chopped Nuts!

So, Easter time is full of Chocolate and such, which I obviously adore.. but its not to everyones taste. I 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 course.

It’s such a versatile recipe, that I thought I would make it a bit differently by making it into a traybake! Traybake cakes aren’t something I have done a lot of, but to be honest they are SO much easier than a layer cake! You just have to show it into the tin, bake it, and slather on the decoration! No fancy layering or piping required.

I didn’t quite double my Carrot Cake recipe as it would have been too much for the tin, but its an ‘increased’ version which is ideal. I literally use a roasting tin for this as it was the right size, but any traybake style tin is good. You will just want it to be a similar size to the one I have used! I did make this slightly different to my Carrot Cake however and used a Cream Cheese Frosting like the one in my Red Velvet Cake. I thought a Carrot Cake Traybake would need a bit more jazzing up, and the Cream Cheese Frosting is ideal. Its silky, its smooth, and it tastes damn good.

Often people can have problems with making a Cream Cheese frosting and its often down to over mixing, or the water content of the cream cheese. Some countries Cream Cheese has a higher water content, and even different brands do. If you feel like yours is extra specially water, you can try and squeeze some out before adding to the butter.

When mixing the frosting, you want to be gentle. You really can’t over mix it otherwise you might have a sloppy mess! Either way though, because the cake will have to be stored in the fridge, it’ll firm the frosting up somewhat anyway! And then with the addition of the crunch of the nuts, its DELICIOUS.

The cake itself is so light, and so (I hate to use the word) ~moist~, it is just delicious. Honestly I think Carrot Cake is one of my favourite cakes, if not my actual favourite, so I devour far too many pieces when I make this recipe. Any you know, its got carrots and raisins in so its clearly healthy right?! Two or three pieces is some of your five a day?! No? Damn. You can see in the pictures how delicious it looks, but it is definitely versatile. Add more nuts, no nuts, add more raisins, or no raisins… its entirely up to you. If you wanted to use a buttercream topping so it doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, then you can easily use the one from the original Carrot Cake recipe. It’s the best thing to do if you want it to be out at a party for example or you have to travel with it!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!! xx

4.72 from 7 votes
Carrot Cake Traybake!
Prep Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
40 mins
 

A Delicious, Easy, and Moreish Carrot Cake Traybake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chopped Nuts!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Servings: 18 Slices!
Calories: 444 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Ingredients
Cake Ingredients!
  • 300 ml Sunflower Oil
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 350 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 500 g Grated Carrots
  • 150 g Raisins
  • Zest of 2 Oranges
  • 400 g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tsps Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 tsps Mixed Spice
  • 1.5 tsps Ground Ginger
  • 1.5 tsps Ground Cinnamon
Topping Ingredients!
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter (Room temperature)
  • 280 g Philadelphia (Full Fat)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 500 g Icing Sugar
Extras
  • 200 g Chopped Nuts
  • Icing Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and Grease & line a large tin - I used a 10x13" Traybake/Roasting tin. 

  2. Pour the Sunflower Oil & Eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar – mix lightly and combine. 

  3. Add the Grated Carrots, Rasins, and Orange Zest and fold through to combine.

  4. Add the Flour, Bicarbonate, Mixed Spice, Ginger, & Cinnamon and mix again – try not to over mix! 

  5. Pour the mixture into the tin, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Sometimes it can take a little longer so test with a skewer!

  6. Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack. 

  7. With a stand mixer/electric whisk, beat the room temperature/softened Butter for a couple of minutes so its really smooth. 

  8. Fold through the the Cream Cheese so its combined, or beat on a low speed. Stir in the Vanilla extract.

  9. Gradually add in the Icing Sugar till its all combined – try not to beat too hard, you’ll want to do this bit by hand. I add usually about 500g, you want to add enough for it to be firm.

  10. Once the cake is fully cooled, slather the frosting on top. Smooth it over, and sprinkle on some chopped nuts (I used walnuts and pecans) and then give it a sprinkle of icing sugar!

Recipe Notes
  • This recipe is based off of my Carrot Cake recipe with the frosting from my Red Velvet Cake recipe!
  • This cake should be stored in the fridge because of the Cream Cheese Frosting, and will last for three days! 
  • If your frosting is really loose, its probably because its been over beating. Gradually add in some more icing sugar by hand to thicken it up. 
  • The weight of the carrots in the recipe is already grated. Buy more (about 750g worth) to get the 500g of grated carrots. Make sure you peel them and chop the ends off!
  • The Raisins in the cake are optional, and you can also add in 200g of chopped nuts to the cake as well if you wished!
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Traybake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 5100IU102%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ENJOY!

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24 comments

  1. Hi do you know if this is freezable? I prefer to make cakes in advance so would be great to know what I could freeze and what wouldn’t freeze well.

    Thanks
    Angela

  2. 4 stars
    needed 50 mins in oven so was a little well done on the outside – would probably benfit from being covered with foil for 20-30 mins next time! Otherwise the reciepe worked well.
    First time i’ve been able to get cream cheese icing to set !
    Lets see what everyone thinks tomorrow – but I expect smiles all round.
    Thank you

  3. Hi, I’m wanting to make the carrot cake and gingerbread cake in to loaf cakes but unsure what to reduce the ingredients to?
    Many thanks
    Katie 😊

  4. I’ve never made a cake but love to eat carrot cake. I really like nuts in my carrot cake could I add some to your recipe Jane. If so what quantity would I need and how and when would I add them. Thank you

  5. 5 stars
    This is by far the best carrot cake recipe I’ve come across, must of tried at least 10 over my years of home baking!! I find this cake to be soft and moist and it doesn’t end up going gooey or oily (like i find some recipies can). As for the icing, I mixed it well which went runny as you advised it would, but I left it in the fridge to firm as the cake was cooling and it turned out fine. Yet another recipe of yours I will be making again 😁

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for a friend who said it was to quote “banging”, he also said all of his family who tried it said it was the best carrot cake they had ever tasted so all in all a big hit ! The cake itself took 50 minutes to bake – may have been my cooker? But it is a huge cake, i did muff the icing a bit dont think i beat the butter enough to start but it turned out fine with the addition of extra icing sugar, tasted lovely with the mixed spice in it, this is only the 2nd recipie of yours I’ve tried but so far so good ! I’m excited to try out some more thankyou for sharing them.

  7. 5 stars
    Loved this cake, super yummy! My frosting was runny though, I wish I had paid more attention to how much you need to whisk the butter before adding the cream cheese! I also found adding more icing sugar just made it more runny and sweet so will definitely do more butter whisking next time 😁

  8. Can you use the mixture for mini carrot cakes in a mini muffin tin? Someone has asked me to make a 2 tiered mini version with frosting in middle as well as on top!

    Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Jane!
    Do you think this traybake would work as two layers? By that I mean could I make double and use as a cake filled with buttercream rather than a traybake? The size is just what I need for a cake that someone has asked me to make for them so it would be great if you could let me know what you think 🙂 Thank you!

    1. That’s great. Thank you so much 🙂 is it also ok without the raisins as the person who the cake is for doesn’t like raisins😕Sorry, I should have asked that before!

  10. 4 stars
    Wow Jane,another Fabulous cake & the added bonus a traybake.Can’t wait to make it.Also hope you don’t mind me asking but I’m going to make your Easter Chocolate cake as my Birthday cake but I cannot find any milk chocolate MatchMakers.Could you tell me where you sourced them…Love your cakes,please keep posting.💕💕xx

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