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An easy carrot loaf cake with cream cheese frosting – easy, delicious, and the perfect easy bake!

My favourite!

So.. carrot cake. It’s safe to say I am slightly obsessed with it?! Largely because it is probably one of my favourite cakes, if not my actual favourite.. but there we are. My favourite flavour can change frequently but put a piece of carrot cake in front of me and I will always be happy. 

Anyway, with my readers love for loaf cakes rising just as much as mine, I figured it was time to make this bad boy into a carrot cake. I have oodles of carrot cake related recipes already on my blog, such as the classic carrot cake, and even my carrot cupcakes

Carrot loaf cake

Making a carrot loaf cake is really quite similar to the rest of my other carrot themed bakes, but it’s all about the proportions. Sometimes just fitting a cake into a loaf tin doesn’t work – sometimes it does, but I’ve altered this to fit my favourite loaf tin

Carrot cake is soft, it’s moist, and it’s delicious. You basically can’t go wrong with something such as carrot cake. Honestly, I find it so hard to over bake and ruin it – and this can often come from the ingredients. 


This time, I used walnuts in the sponge. I didn’t put walnuts in the title, but technically this is a carrot and walnut loaf cake – but the walnuts are optional. You can switch them to a different nut, such as pecans, or switch it completely to use raisins! However, I know they are just as controversial. 

One thing I love about using nuts in the sponge though is the crunch. It’s delicious. I get that some people don’t like texture changes though – and to be honest, carrot cake is just as delicious without them!

Butter free cake

Not only does the carrot itself bring incredible moisture to the sponge, but so does the oil! The cake is butter-free, and uses oil instead – and it’s amazing! It’s so incredibly easy to mix up. You definitely don’t need to use a mixer, and in all honesty, you probably shouldn’t! 

Don’t over mix and bake straight away!

Even though the cake is hard to ruin, you definitely don’t want to over mix it. You also want to bake it straight away, and not let it sit for too long. Because the raising agent is different from your typical cake, it shouldn’t be left to sit – as that can ruin the sponge. 

Cream cheese frosting

I decided to top this one with my all-new cream cheese frosting – and I’m so glad I did! In my other classic carrot cake I used buttercream as I made it for my dad, and mostly buttercream is easier. However, because this is a carrot cake – cream cheese frosting is an ideal combo!

Top tips!

Cream cheese frosting has to be stored in the fridge once it’s been used, as it’s a ‘fresh’ product – but the wonders of carrot cake mean it’s okay. The cake shouldn’t dry out and it works really well!

Also, because this is in loaf cake form… it’s so easy. Whack it in the loaf tin, slather the frosting on top, and decorate if you fancy! There’s nothing special to it, other than enjoy every last morsel when you eat it. Literally, every single crumb. 

I, basically… am obsessed with this recipe. If you want to try out a different version, be sure to just put Carrot Cake in the search bar and you will find my obsession continues! Either way, HAPPY BAKING! x

Carrot Loaf Cake!

An easy carrot loaf cake with cream cheese frosting - easy, delicious, and the perfect easy bake!
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Category: Cake
Type: Loaf Cake
Keyword: Carrot
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Decorating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Pieces
Author: Jane's Patisserie


The Cake!

  • 175 ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 g light brown sugar
  • 250 g grated carrots
  • 100 g raisins/walnuts (optional)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting Glaze

  • 125 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g full-fat cream cheese


  • Fondant carrots
  • Chopped nuts



  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan and grease and line your 2lb Loaf Tin!
  • Pour the sunflower oil & eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar – mix lightly and combine. 
  • Add the grated carrots, raisins/nuts, and orange zest and fold through to combine.
  • Add the flour, bicarbonate, mixed spice, ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg and mix again – try not to over mix! 
  • Pour the mixture into the tin, and bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes. Sometimes it can take a little longer so test with a skewer!
  • Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack. If your cake doesn't come out, it may not have finished baking, or you didn't line the tin well enough!

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat your butter on its own for a few minutes to loosen it.
  • Add in the icing sugar, and beat again - I beat this for about 5 minutes, to make it really smooth.
  • Make sure your cream cheese doesn't have any excess water - I find it best to add it to a bowl first just to make sure.
  • Add in the cream cheese, and vanilla and beat. At first, it may look a little weird, but just keep on beating. I end up beating it for a few minutes - it can go through a lumpy stage first, but eventually, the lumps beat out and it's smooth and thick!
  • Once beaten - it should be lovely and thick.


  • Slather your cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake!
  • Decorate with chopped nuts, carrot decorations or whatever!!
  • Enjoy!


  • I used this loaf tin!
  • This cake should be stored in the fridge because of the cream cheese frosting, and will last for three days! 
  • You can use 100g of raisins, or 100g of nuts... this time, I used walnuts!
  • If you want any more information on my cream cheese frosting, read this post
  • If you want to make a different sort of carrot cake - search my blog as I have many variations! 
  • The spices are optional, but they make a delicious flavour!


Find my other Cupcake Recipes on my Recipes Page!

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  1. Laura on March 17, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Jane! I am wondering if I am using normal flour(not self-raising)how much baking powder I should use?
    Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 18, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      You can make your own self raising flour with 2 level tsps baking powder per 150g of plain flour, mixed in before using in the recipe x

  2. Irene on December 27, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    5 stars
    I got a new air fryer for Christmas and I couldn’t wait to make a carrot cake in it. I love carrot cake, the spice, the texture and how it’s perfectly soft and moist and the addition of frosting just makes it the perfect cake for me. I found yours and well what can I say only it’s delicious and so quick to put together and better than some I’ve tried over the years. My Mother used to make this years ago and the recipe she had called for pineapple and olive oil and though it was nice I found it to be a little greasy. Thank you Jane for a quick and easy to make cake that I will make often and even make it in to cupcakes and cake pops for my grand children.

  3. Lydia on December 4, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Jane, how would you make this a vegan recipe x

  4. Louise on August 13, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time today and the ease of the recipe made me fall in love with baking all over again!
    Thankyou so much Jane it’s perfect xx

  5. Natasha on July 16, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    Hello Jane,

    How would you do this as a vegan option please 🙂

    Love all your work.

  6. Alice on March 16, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Hi Jane,

    I’ve just tried to look for your mini loaf carrot cake recipe but I can’t find it 😩 has it been taken off your website? I would like to know the quantity of ingredients as I can’t remember!

    Thank you Alice

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 17, 2023 at 11:33 am

      Hiya! Unfortunately I have never published this recipe – try my carrot cake cupcake recipe! Hope this helps! x

  7. Ruth on August 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely LOVED it and my whole family love it too! It even got requested for the family weekend away! Thank you 💕

    • Cassy on November 21, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Do i use 50g of walnuts and 50g of raisins or 100g of each, please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 28, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Hiya! This means 50g each. Hope this helps! x

  8. Gillg on July 15, 2022 at 9:54 am

    5 stars
    I don’t normally leave comments on these things but how could I not given that I have just made my first edible cake!! Absolutely delighted to have finally produced a bake I’m proud of. Can’t wait to make this recipe again. Many thanks!

  9. Nina on June 22, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing! Made it successfully 3 times now. It’s a real hit with the family. I did however drop one in its carrier outside a relatives house!! We rebuilt it and ate it anyway. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Joanna on October 19, 2022 at 11:17 am

      Hiya, if I didn’t do this in a loaf tin, what size round tin would I use? Thanks so much, just made the coffee and walnut cake and boy oh boy it was delish!

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 21, 2022 at 10:13 am

      Hiya! Take a look at my carrot cake recipe! So glad you loved it – enjoyyy! x

  10. Karin modd on June 18, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Jane , love this recipe for carrot cake , as with all your recipes , absolutely delicious 😋
    5 star baking 🙂

  11. Becks on February 23, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Jane – can I freeze this cake please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 28, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Yes absolutely you can freeze this for up to 3 months! Enjoy! x

  12. Shona Callow on February 21, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, I made this recipe last month and it was amazing, I handed them out to my family and they loved it. I’m thinking of baking the carrot cake loaf again but in mini loaf cases instead of the large loaf cake. Would I keep the recipe the same and reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes? Thank you.

    • Sharon on March 17, 2022 at 7:32 am

      I would like to know this also. Planning a Mother’s Day afternoon tea.

    • Lauren on October 5, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      Hi, did you find out or try in mini loaf cases? Tia

  13. Rachel Plumridge on February 13, 2022 at 8:23 am

    5 stars
    This recipe is so quick and easy to make and everyone absolutely loved it!
    I couldn’t find my loaf tin so put the mix into two sandwich tins and cooked for 30 minutes, came out perfectly!
    I also didn’t have sunflower oil so used vegetable which also worked perfectly.
    Will be sharing and using this recipe again

    • Nicola on January 31, 2024 at 5:40 pm

      What can you use instead of sunflower oil?

  14. . on February 5, 2022 at 8:57 am

    5 stars
    I have around 100 of your recipes open in different tabs on my phone constantly and it’s safe to say this is my favourite along with the NYC Red Velvet Cookies!

    i think i’m a little obsessed with your recipes 😅

  15. Florence Starkey on January 17, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Jane
    As always love you’re recipes and have you’re book looking forward to the next one👍 One question not all of us like cream cheese frosting would I be able to replace with?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 20, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Hiya! You could replace it with regular buttercream – or even regular water icing! Take a look at either my Lemon Drizzle loaf cake (but without the lemon), or my Mini Egg loaf cake! Hope this helps! x

  16. Henry on November 12, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Can I use plain or all purpose flour instead of self raising flour?

  17. Alice on October 26, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Can I use gluten free flour instead of self raising? Do I need to add anything else to make it GF? Thanks

    • Antonia on January 22, 2022 at 10:17 pm


      Is this moist and spicy?

  18. Sarah on September 22, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Hi, could i bake this in a 9×9 tin and have as a tray bake? I know you have a carrot tray bake recipe but i don’t have a 9×13 tin 🙂

    • Claire on November 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Sarah, Did you try it in the 9×9 tin? Did it work out ok?

  19. Steph on July 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    This was soo good! First time making a carrot cake and won’t be the last ! This was super tasty. I used 50g sultanas and 50 g pecans and, ugh just so good !! Thank you for the amazing recipe 🙂

  20. Beverley on July 7, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    Love all your recipes Jane especially your carrot cake was wondering where I can buy your recipe books from. Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 8, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Google “Jane’s Patisserie book” and it will list all the places – there’s many! x

  21. Julia on May 17, 2021 at 6:35 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! The cream cheese frosting on this is to die for!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 17, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Ahh thank you!! So glad you love it xx

  22. Roxy on May 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    5 stars
    My first time making carrot cake and this recipe is so easy and the cake turned out so yum! Is there anywhere i can get the nutritional information for this cake please?

  23. Naomi Hales on April 6, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    5 stars
    Really love this recipe Jane. I keep being asked to make the carrot cake loaf in my house as it’s become a favourite. Just baked another for the third time this year! Hope to see some more loaf recipes this year, and cannot wait for your book.

  24. Melissa on March 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    Wow Jane I made this yesterday and it is honestly the best thing I’ve ever baked in my life! Absolutely delicious!

  25. Nada on February 19, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, thank you so much for the wonderful recipe! I just wanted to ask, the cake came out perfectly apart from a large dome shape at the top whereas I can see yours has a flatter top. I baked it at the temperature suggested for a fan oven so I wanted to know if you had any input on the potential cause of this.

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 20, 2021 at 11:53 am

      It can sometimes be the oven heat distribution I have found – so all ovens are different so it may mean yours needs lowering a bit and baking for longer instead to get a more natural flatter top! x

    • Antonia on January 22, 2022 at 10:23 pm


      I would like to give this a try, I bought the fondant carrots from Morrisons and when I do have a go at this, I will aim for the photo shown. Looks nice and pretty and I love carrot cake

  26. Joanne Harley on February 13, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    4 stars
    This cake was a real winner in our house. I did however make a few minor changes. Firstly, I replaced walnuts with chopped pecans and they were delicious. I also didn’t have any oranges, so soaked sultanas in a few tablespoons of fresh orange juice before adding them into the mix. Finally I would suggest halving the amount of frosting that is used for this recipe, as I covered our cake in a very thick layer but still had around half the frosting left over. To decorate I just gently toasted some sliced almonds and sprinkled them on top when cool.

  27. Zara on February 10, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Can you use demarera brown sugar, does that count as light brown sugar?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 11, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Demerara and light brown soft sugar are not the same – the Demerara may leave a grainy texture as the grains are bigger. A better alternative is granulated sugar! x

  28. Laura on February 8, 2021 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    Made it this weekend with my daughter – oh my days it’s phenomenal!! We made our own carrots for the top out of marzipan that needed using up and some food colouring. Great recipe, thank you! Xxx

  29. Paula on February 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Hi Jane, mine came out really dense,seemed a lot of wet ingredients to little dry but I will try again, still tasted good though

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 6, 2021 at 4:40 pm

      I haven’t had this myself, but it may have not been baked long enough which can cause a dense cake! x

  30. Beth on January 27, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Could I use gluten free flour instead?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 27, 2021 at 7:49 pm


    • Georgie on September 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      What is mixed spice?

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 20, 2021 at 10:50 am

      It’s a type of spice you can but in the uk!

  31. Chloe on January 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Jane,

    This looks fab! Can I replace the oil with melted butter and if so how much?



    • Jane's Patisserie on January 15, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      I have not tested it with butter I am afraid so I don’t know x

    • Kiki on March 24, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      I have and it works fine, I just melt 175ml of butter (stork as Jane raves about that for sponges). I’m not as good baker Jane but with butter the cake is still amazing x

  32. janine fisher on January 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this carrot loaf cake… Its delicious as its not too sweet that some recipes are. The frosting is so light too.. You’re now my go to cake recipe site. 💕

  33. Carrie on December 29, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight, and was a hit with my husband and toddler! I halved the amount of frosting, and it still was enough to have about an inch on the loaf! Also, I don’t have All Spice, so I added 1/2 tsp more of the other 3 spices. I didn’t realize how low I was on brown sugar, so I used what I had then threw in some honey to add sweetness to it. In the future, is there a different substitute for brown sugar I should use? I was worried that granulated sugar would change the flavor (and color) too much… it was a last minute recipe I found online, thus my lack of certain ingredients. Will definitely look at your other recipes! Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 30, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I personally would use the granulated as a substitute – the flavour is best from brown sugar, but its still lovely with the granulated x

  34. Sharon on December 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you!! It’s in the oven right now.
    I used a bundt pan. Hopefully it turns out fine 🙂
    But the taste if the mixture was already promising.

  35. Steff on December 12, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    3 stars
    Nice but a little bland. Needs at least double the spice mix for any sort of flavour. We followed to a T and was a little disappointed as there was next to no flavour. If you like a kick and the taste of carrot cake definitely double or even triple the amounts suggested. I thought maybe I misread and it’s meant to say tbsp! Clearly not haha.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 13, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Spice is definitely about personal taste – I don’t like to over do it as I have many many readers that already reduce the amounts and tablespoons of spice in one cake is far too much in my opinion. If you want more you can always use more!

    • Jodie on June 28, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      I have made this cake loads of times, it’s always a great hit! Most definitely not bland so you must be doing something wrong.

  36. Leah on December 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Jane, would this be the same as your other loaf tin recipes and only to fill the tin 3/4s. I find with the red velvet recipe i have some left over, dont want to overflow the cake so thought I’d check first! Thanks 😊 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 11, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      Yes, but I always put it all in and never have a problem! X

  37. Jessica O’Sullivan on December 8, 2020 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    This cake was amazing – probably the best I’ve ever made!

  38. Holly James on December 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    5 stars
    One of my first bakes from your recipes. Really loved making it. Made gluten free. Tasted amazing!!

    • Marianne on January 23, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Hi just read your post and wondered if you had to add Xantham Gum
      Along with the GF flour to stop it from being crumbly or did it work out ok? Thanks!

  39. Wai on December 7, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    This is one of my fav recipes on the site so easy to follow and the cake is amazing!

  40. Laura Van Geert on December 6, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I made this today and it was absolutely lovely! I’m so happy you put the ingredients in grams, I find cups to be so unreliable. Heavenly cake and such fun decoration. Thank you!

  41. Victoria Moss on December 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    The best carrot cake I have ever eaten.

  42. Alicia on November 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    Hi, this recipe is great but this time I want to make it in a hemispheric tin – do you have any suggestions for how much I should alter the cooking time/temperature, please?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Not really unfortunately – it depends on the volume so it can vary greatly x

  43. Hina Kazmi on November 11, 2020 at 12:31 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    I was just wondering, can I use orange extract instead of the orange zest? And if so, how much do I use?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Yes you can! Use between 1/2tsp to 1tsp depending on how much you like orange xx

  44. Phil Haynes on November 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    5 stars
    Hi I’ve made quite a few different Carrot Cakes from various recipes
    but this definitely is my favourite. In no doubt that the inclusion of the
    various spices sets it apart.
    Moist and tasty…..the perfect cake. Thank you

  45. Teri on November 8, 2020 at 12:20 am

    I would love to try your recipe…looks delicious but I don’t have a scale to measure some of the ingredients…is anyone willing to convert it to cups…I would appreciate it!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 8, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I’m afraid I don’t measure in cups as its extremely unreliable x

  46. Hannah on November 6, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for your reply, very helpful! I’m going to make this cake for my birthday! One last question- is it okay to mix this completely by hand? E.g will it affect the oil, egg and sugar mixture or anything? I don’t have an electric mix or kitchen aid I’m afraid

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 7, 2020 at 9:27 am

      I always make the cake itself by hand – it doesn’t need a mixer at all! And the cream cheese frosting is doable by hand too, just need arm power! x

  47. Hannah on November 6, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Would 50g of raisins and 50g of walnuts work okay?

  48. Helen Howells on October 31, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Hi, if I don’t want to use nuts or raisins do I substitute anything else of will it bake the same way without these additional dry ingredients?

  49. Scarlett on October 24, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane!
    I love this recipe so much!
    I’m making my boyfriend a tiered tall cake with about 4 different sponges of the same size, do you think I could use this recipe or would I need to adapt it?
    Thank you! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      It depends on the size of tin you are using – have a look at my carrot cake recipe as that’s a two layer 8″ cake!

    • Alana Crawford on February 28, 2021 at 11:51 am

      5 stars
      Thanks for this amazing recipe. I made this last night and it tastes fantastic. The cream cheese icing is the best, I watched the video before making it and I think that helped massively. This cake is so easy to make too. Gonna try the mini egg easter loaf cake next. xx

  50. Louise on October 12, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks so much for the fast reply, I have just realised, I dont have bicarbonate of soda, it was baking powder I used, so this is where it must have gone wrong, as I havent had this problem before. Can you tell me how to substitute this please? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Ahh okay, they do react to different ingredients and work differently so it can change a bake! It’s best to use bicarb in this bake xx

  51. Louise on October 12, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Hi, i love every recipe I have made from your website, I made the carrot loaf cake for a friend last night, I had it in at the temp required and within half an hour it was going burnt on top, but wasn’t ready in the middle,.I left it longer and by time It was ready it was black on top I had to cut it off, going to try another attempt today. Iam using a conventional oven, would it still be 180°?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

      That definitely sounds too hot – some ovens naturally run hotter or colder than you think, and it definitely sounds like yours needed to be lower, or it has a burning hot spot! It would be worth lowering the temp 20°c to see if it helps!

  52. Ann on October 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    5 stars
    This is my new favourite carrot cake recipe and the cream cheese frosting is delicious. I added about 60g chopped dark chocolate and 40g walnuts instead of the raisin/walnut combo and was glad I did. My cake took maybe 1 hour 10 mins to cook. A great recipe, thank you.

  53. Liv on September 21, 2020 at 11:45 am

    4 stars
    Is there a buttercream recipe instead of cream cheese please?
    It’s baked brilliantly but nobody likes cream cheese frosting in my house!

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 22, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Yep, there’s loads and loads on my blog!

  54. Hannah Morrison on September 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    5 stars
    Hey Jane,
    Lovely carrot cake recipe but when I make the cream cheese icing it turns out very runny. What do you think I’m doing wrong? xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 19, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      Have a look into my cream cheese frosting post and YouTube video as it may help you understand why x

  55. Jess on July 29, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Could I use coconut oil instead of sunflower?


    Cannot wait to try this !!
    Looks so scrummy

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      I haven’t tried it with coconut oil, but I’m sure it would be fine! X

  56. Laura on July 25, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane! Would it be ok to use 100g light brown sugar and 100g light brown muscovado sugar?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 25, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      Yes that should be okay! X

    • Marsha on October 16, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      What is in the mixed spice? I’m in the US and we don’t have a spice that is labeled as such. Here we have apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice but I’d rather mix my own.

  57. Jenni on July 18, 2020 at 6:58 am

    5 stars
    I always struggle to make carrot cake for some reason! I halved this as I have a small loaf tin and it turned out amazing. It was for a birthday tea so thank you for giving us a delicious treat. Now I get to finish off the leftover icing!

  58. Samia Hussain on July 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Hi hoping to make this but if I don’t use all the spices will cake still turn out nice?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 5, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      It will just change the taste slightly!

  59. Heidi on June 23, 2020 at 9:13 am


    How long does the cake keep for in the fridge once baked and decorated?

  60. Sarah on June 17, 2020 at 9:24 am

    5 stars
    Hi, loved this recipe! I’m looking to make it in to cupcakes for a birthday event, do i need to adapt any of the recipe?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 17, 2020 at 11:16 am

      Have a look at my carrot cake cupcakes post! x

  61. Ceri on June 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely gorgeous, best carrot cake I’ve ever made.

  62. Natalie on June 10, 2020 at 8:32 am

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Can the cake on its own be frozen and iced at a later date? And is the frosting freezable? Thankyou

  63. Lauren on June 5, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! Love it! So easy to follow and the cake is absolutely delicious

  64. Sophie C on May 27, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, does the carrot cake have to be completely cooled before you can pUt it in the fridge for the night? Or can it go in the fridge after sitting on a cooling rack for about 2 hours, even if it is still a little bit warm? Thank you xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 27, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Hey! Well it needs to be completely cooled before topping – it’s the cream cheese frosting that needs refrigerating. The cake itself, without the topping, can stay at room temp! x

    • Sophie on May 27, 2020 at 9:46 pm

      Okay! How long roughly could you keep the cake at room temperature with the cream cheese frosting on top? Or is it best to refrigerate straight after this decoration is done? 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Straight after the decoration – cream cheese frosting can’t be room temp! X

  65. Daniel Bui on May 25, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    5 stars
    Great cake all round, thanks!

  66. Rachel on May 23, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Hi Jane. Sorry if this is a silly question, I’m a novice baker. I only have medium eggs, would I need to add an extra one in to make up the size / weight of 3 large? Thank you.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 23, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Hey! Yes I would suggest four medium eggs!

  67. Lorna on May 22, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Jane, do you know of any substitute’s I can use instead of sugar? Many thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      I’m afraid not, sorry!

    • Jayne Stanley on August 2, 2020 at 5:07 pm

      Hi I’ve used caster sugar with stevia, by silverspoon. You use a 1\3 less than the recipe says. I use it a lot in baking as my husband is diabetic.

  68. annemarie dawson on May 22, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    5 stars
    i made this a couple of days ago and it is so good,,i left out the nutmeg and raisins as i don’t like them but i will def be making again….and as for the cream cheese icing..i could eat that by the bowlful its amazing! 🙂

  69. Angela Barnett on May 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    I love all your recipes – everyone has turned out perfect -thank you. Would this mixture be enough for a 8″ x8″ x 2″ square tin or would I need a larger quantity, your tray bake seems too big as 18 slices is too much. many thanks !

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 19, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      Hey! I would actually say that tin is quite small, because of the depth – this sort of mix could easily make a two layer 8″ circle cake, so it may be best to reduce the ingredients! x

    • Manjot on June 18, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Hey Jane! I would love to try this recipe but I have family members who are allergic to eggs, would I be able to use an applesauce “egg” for this recipe?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 18, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Hey! It’s definitely worth a go! x

  70. Patty on May 16, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it is wonderful! I used 50g walnuts and 50g chopped dates in the mix. I also used Anchor Spreadable in the cream cheese frosting which made it quite soft but it was still lovely. My hubby went on a massive hunt for the fondant carrots and eventually found them in Asda!! 😆😆😆 This is the first time I’ve ever made a carrot cake so I was really delighted with the results! Thanks for a great recipe!

  71. Harriet on May 15, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing!! Even better when left in the fridge for a while!!

  72. Aimee Moran on May 15, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Can I use Demerara sugar instead of light brown sugar?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      Yes! You can also use caster sugar, golden caster or granulated! x

  73. Shivam Khard on May 15, 2020 at 8:41 am

    5 stars
    Wow, it’s so scrumptious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.

  74. Judy Collins on May 14, 2020 at 3:02 am

    When you grate the carrots are they grated on the normal side or the small side so the carrots not to big.Silly question also how much in cups is the carrot.Thank You.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      I use the normal side – you don’t want the pieces too small! And I’m really sorry but I don’t know – I don’t measure in cups!

  75. Laura on May 13, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Jane!
    This recipe looks so yummy and I’d love to make it as a tray bake. Would that change anything about the method? – for example, cooking time or oven temp?
    Can’t wait to try it! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 14, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      I would look at my carrot traybake recipe as it’s already built for a traybake tin! x

  76. Kerry on May 12, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Hi, my tub of cream cheese is only 200g, would it be OK to just use this amount or would the recipe need adjusting?
    Many thanks 😁

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I would adjust the butter and sugar to be 100g! x

    • Leah on June 17, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      Hi, I can only find soft cheese , not cream cheese in my local supermarket . Is that the same?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 21, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Hiya, yeah its the same thing x

  77. Tiffany on May 12, 2020 at 11:09 am

    How long would you bake this for mini loaves? I would love to make this in my mini loaf pans, or even cupcakes, so I could enjoy it longer. Husband really doesn’t like carrot cake, but I do.


    • Jane's Patisserie on May 12, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      I really don’t often bake mini loaves that often so I haven’t tried it with this recipe – I do have a cupcake version already on my blog though so have a look at that!

  78. Ellie on May 12, 2020 at 8:22 am

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING

    Made for the first time yesterday and it was perfect!

    Jane’s website is always my go-to for all things baking, easy to follow recipes & always delicious results!

    I had struggled with carrot cake & cream cheese frosting in the past using recipes from other websites & they were disastrous!

  79. Becky on May 11, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Made this yesterday…was so yummy!

  80. Amy Massey on May 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t have any sunflower oil…. Can I use any oil instead?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Not really any oil, no. Vegetable oil is the best substitute – but other oils can leave quite a strong taste.

  81. Gail Marlor on May 10, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Hi Jane, do you publish the nutritional content on any of your recipes, if not do you know of a quick way I can work out calories per serving? I looove baking and particularly I follow a lot of your recipes, but recently I’m trying to track what I’m having as I have a lot of weight to shed, but I still want to be able to enjoy enjoy baking your recipies, just knowing amount per serving…

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Hiya! I do, but at the moment it’s just not working so will be back up and running soon hopefully!

  82. SarahDB on May 10, 2020 at 8:10 am


    I’m a massive fan of cakes in loaf cake form at the moment… One piece of kit (a very standard 2lb loaf tin does everything you could want), no pressure to decorate in a fancy way, easy to portion, not unfathomably big for just two people in lockdown.

    The other half “doesn’t like” cream cheese frosting, but I bet yours will convert him…

    Cheers Jane!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Yesss! Loaf Cakes are so good aren’t they!! And I hope you both love it!!

  83. Lynda Franklin on May 9, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Please send me your recipe

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

      It’s on the post! You will have scrolled past it to leave the comment.

  84. Zenab on May 9, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Jane ,could i use 50g of walnuts and 50g of raisins? I can’t wait to try this..

  85. Lisa on May 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Hi Jane, is it possible to use plain flour and baking power instead of SR flour? I cannot get my hands on any at the moment! (& if so, how much should I use?)

    Also, thanks for replying to my cookie question; they worked a treat!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Yes you can! You whisk in 2 level tsps of baking powder per 150g of plain flour before using in a recipe – it’s sometimes easier to make a larger batch! You can then store it as self raising. And that’s okay!!

    • Sarah on February 1, 2021 at 10:18 am

      5 stars
      I love this carrot cake it came out so well, thank you. I was wondering i want to make a fruit cake would it be the same sort of thing but with out the carrot would that work?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 1, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Not for this recipe as the carrot is really key to the ingredients x

  86. Helen Ludlow on May 9, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Why did you use bicarbonate of soda and not baking powder as one of the raising agents. I get really confused with these two. It is probably a science thing as you have baking powder in with the flour.

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 9, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      They are two different types of raising agents, and they react to different other ingredients, and do different things. This recipe requires the bicarbonate of soda!

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