Carrot Cake
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Serves: 12 to 16 slices

Iced and sprinkled with the "extras"

I have never really been a big carrot cake lover … but Bryan is! So I have a recipe I defer to when the time has come to make one. I add quite a bit of spice to this recipe for flavour, and also dark brown muscovado sugar for richness.

You can use fresh pineapple in place of tinned pineapple if you can get some, just chop it up in small chunks so that it looks “crushed” more so than a puree.

I should add here that this cake is of the “chunky” variety with pieces of walnut, pineapple, and coconut shreds that you can feel in your mouth as you eat it. This is my preference for a carrot cake, but you can definitely “blitz” the mix if you prefer a finer texture.

If you wish to make it nut free but still want to have a little “crunch”, then add some pepitas and/or sunflower seeds … you don’t need a full cup, so add about ½ to ¾ of a cup which should be plenty. Or you can just leave the nuts/seeds out altogether.

This cake keeps well so can be made a day or two in advance of when you need it, making it a perfect cake for celebrations when you are under the pump. The icing is best made just before you plan to ice the cake, so that when you spread it you can make it “run over” the edge a little giving it a lovely finish.

I don’t normally store cakes in the fridge as they can firm up too much and dry out, but the carrot cake is very moist and holds up well to this. Just ensure it is in an airtight container, and if you are serving it cold from the fridge you will be able to cut slimmer slices due to the more solid texture of the cake. Whether you choose to keep it in or out of the fridge, it will keep well for a few days so enjoy!
  • 280g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bi-barb soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 500g carrot, peeled weight, chopped into chunks
  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 100g dark brown muscovado sugar, or dark brown sugar
  • 220g light olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 x 60g eggs
  • 1 rounded cup walnut halves, chopped into chunks
  • 1 rounded cup shredded coconut
  • 1 x 440 g tin crushed pineapple in juice, drained, discard juice
  • 125g cream cheese
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 400g icing sugar (added in four lots of 100g each)
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 tbls lemon juice (use 20ml spoon measure and not the scales)
  • Extra walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut for decoration
  1. Grease and line 24cm cake tin (base measurement) and place onto baking tray
  2. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced and place rack into middle of oven
  3. Place flour, bi-carb soda, baking powder, salt and spices into TM bowl and mix 5 seconds / speed 5, put aside into a large mixing bowl, do not clean TM bowl
  4. Place carrots into TM bowl and chop 5 seconds / speed 5 … add to flour mix and stir through until carrot is well coated by the flour mix, do not clean TM bowl
  5. Place sugars, olive oil and vanilla into TM bowl and blend 10 seconds / speed 5
  6. Add eggs and blend 10 seconds / speed 5
  7. Add wet mix to flour and carrots in the mixing bowl, along with the walnuts, coconut and crushed pineapple
  8. Stir through mixture until everything is well incorporated
  9. Place batter into cake tin and bake for 1 hour and 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into middle comes out clean (It takes exactly 1 hour and 50 minutes in my oven)
  10. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes in baking tin before turning out onto cake rack to cool completely
  11. When cool, make the icing and pour it over the cake, spreading it to the edges and allowing it to very slightly run over the edge
  12. Sprinkle the top with extra walnuts, seeds and coconut and allow to set before cutting (icing will set quite quickly)
  1. Place cream cheese and lemon rind into TM bowl and blend 20 seconds / speed 4
  2. Add first 100g of icing sugar and mix 10 seconds / speed 4
  3. Add second 100g of icing sugar and mix 10 seconds / speed 4
  4. Add third 100g icing sugar and mix 10 seconds / speed 4
  5. Add fourth 100g icing sugar, salt and lemon juice and mix 10 seconds / speed 4
  6. Check consistency, if you wish it to be slightly looser then add another teaspoon of lemon juice and mix 10 seconds / speed 4 (be careful with adding liquid as it can very quickly become too loose ... I haven't found the need to do this)
Recipe by The Passionate Pantry at