Chelsea

celebrating 130 years 1884-2014

Best Ever Carrot Cake

By Chelsea Sugar
Best Ever Carrot Cake
10 servings
  • 71 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cooking time 50 mins
  • Serves
    10
Ingredients

    ¾ cup self-raising flour
    1 tsp mixed spice
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    ½ tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp baking soda
    ¾ cup wholemeal flour
    1 cup Chelsea Raw Sugar or Chelsea Organic Coconut Sugar
    ¾ cup chopped walnuts
    2 cups grated carrot
    ½ cup sultanas or raisins
    2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
    3 large eggs
    1 cup rice bran oil or canola oil
    1 tsp vanilla essence

    Cream Cheese Icing
    50g butter, softened
    125g cream cheese, chopped
    1½ cups Chelsea Icing Sugar 

Method

    Pre-heat oven to 180°C bake (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 23cm cake tin (6cm deep) and line with baking paper.

    Sift self-raising flour, spices and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Stir in wholemeal flour and Chelsea Raw Sugar or Chelsea Organic Coconut Sugar. Add walnuts, carrot, raisins and coconut and stir until combined.

    In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, oil and vanilla. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

    Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cooked (when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean). Remove from oven, cool for 10 minutes then remove from the cake tin and peel away the paper. Swirl icing over the cake once cold.

    Cream Cheese Icing
    Beat butter and cream cheese together until combined. Stir in Chelsea Icing Sugar, then beat mixture on high speed until light and fluffy.

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Reviews

Average Rating
4.571
(71 reviews)


Yum cake

Been using this recipe for over a year and it never fails....love it

YUMMMMMMMMM easy and YUMMMMMMMM!

I made this cake for a party and the compliments were rolling in. I even had some asking where I purchased it from. It was an absolute hit and I cannot wait to make it again. Best cake ever!

Absolutely delicious

AMAZING IS NOT ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE THIS CAKE. THANKS AND GOD BLESS.

I've made this cake so many times over the years, and it turns out beautifully each time. Prefer it with extra spices, and without walnuts and raisins. I use only half the amount of icing sugar in the cream cheese icing. It has to be my favourite cake, and the one my family loves most.

I came second at a hotly contested work bake off using this recipe, which was judged by NZ chef Annabelle White so presumably she knows what she’s talking about. Was tasty.

I love this recipe, I use it all the time and it never fails!
Chelsea, is there a way this recipe can be made gluten free and still give the same wonderful results?
CHELSEA: Great you love it! We haven't tried it gluten free. Let us know!

Super easy to make. Doesn’t even need a blender. Very moist and delicious.

Great for a special occasion or weekly treat!

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Great Recipe

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Absolutely delicious!

Lovely moist cake my husbands favourite!

I love this moist, never fail carrot cake recipe. So easy and looks impressive topped with chopped nuts and dried fruit.

LOVE!! Delicious and easy to make, Will definitely be making this again.

This is a great recipe. I adapted this a bit by using white sugar instead of raw & substituting 3/4 cup walnuts for a mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds & chocolate chips. I wish I thought of using an apple because I did not have pineapple but it turned out great. Just needed more spice but still it has a great base taste. Still 5 stars from me & will make this again soon.

1 tsp baking soda is so not enough. My cake is flat and I'm so disappointed...

Great recipe. Easy to follow, easy to make. Timing was correct. Icing quantity was spot on. Tasted great and got lots of compliments. Will be making again :)

One of the best cakes I've made yet! Very moist and delicious. I was wondering if this recipe would work as muffins and what alternations would need to be made?
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes this recipe would work well as muffins :-) try reducing the cooking time to around 20 minutes.

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Fantastic cake. Kids loved it ,also works well as muffins .

Looks and tastes amazing! Would definitely recommend.

Easy to make and tastes great! Next time will use slightly less sugar.

love all the recipes but I am looking for a nice fruit cake not a christmas one. do you have one please
CHELSEA: Hi there, we can highly recommend this sultana cake -
https://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/sultana-cake/

Love baking and sharing

This turns out alright and I used macadamia nuts. The icing and cake was intensely sweet so next time I will add coconut extract to the icing (I find it makes it less sweet and you can hardly taste it) and 2/3 of a cup of sugar to cake. Other than that I used fan-forced on 160 and came out on time and perfect

Finally cooked after 70 minutes and no....my oven temperature is just fine thanks. Found the cake to be too sweet (sells more sugar I guess!) and not enough spice. Needs at least double the spice. Wouldn't use this recipe again.

Easy carrot cake recipe. I put into muffin cases with cream cheese topping. Turned out perfect.

I changed it to 1/2 cup of sugar in the cake and 2-3 tbsp of sugar in the icing to reduce the amount of sugar. Also added chopped up sunflower and pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts. Super yummy!

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Best recipe for carrot cake, I like it.

I've been reading through some of the reviews I like the idea of using cashew or macadamia nuts for a change from walnuts. One person found the icing too sweet think about adding lemon to it. I prefer lemon icing on banana cakes. I also like the idea of making it as muffins, when you have grand children who are difficult eaters but love banana muffins she has only just found is made from a banana cake recipe I'm sure these would work for her. Thank you I look forward to trying more recipes..

My son Trevor Pexton who works for Chelsea made this cake on Friday and it was yummy all gone

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I have made this cake for many years now, never fails to please everybody whereby even the crumbs are scrapped over and eaten! Will try the beetroot and macadamia substitutes next time. YUM!

This a a beautifully balanced cake with flavour and moisture even without the walnuts. A make again cake.

Awesome carrot cake recipe! i used cashew nuts because i bought the wrong type, but even they went well! the cream cheese icing was a bit too sweet for my taste- i would find another recipe for that.

My first time making carrot cake and it turned out delicious, full of flavour and moist (although slightly too sweet), next time I will use maybe 2/3 of a cup of sugar, but think I have found a recipe for life!

Simple and lovely taste. I did deviate slightly, using less sugar, a grated apple and little less oil. I also vary icing by mixing cream cheese and some icing sugar, then combining with whipped cream. It makes the icing lighter and less sweet.

This is the cake I have made for 36 years. I use a well greased ring tin. There have been others but this IMHO is the best

Delicious, I will be adding this to my favourites. Easy recipe.

awesome recipe, super simple, love the spices, i always add extra nuts and raisins, not necessary for icing, better than the cafe style.

Its a beauty

Made it several times and always perfect

the best carrot cake recipe I have made, thanks for Chelsea Sugars

mmm didnt think enough spice to much soda and mine certainly looked nothing like picture followed recipe to the letter

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Great Recipe - Always works

Simple cake to make and absolutely delicious! Moist with just the right amount of spice and nutty flavour from the walnuts.

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Fav cake ever!

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Indeed the Best Ever Carrot Cake. Easy to make. Moist, nutty and delicious. Quartered it and brought a quarter to my work, my husband brought a quarter to his work, I brought a quarter to church for morning tea, and we had a quarter to ourselves. The verdict from everyone? Best ever carrot cake!

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Loved it. Had know made it many times, for friends and family. Thank you

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Brilliant never fails.

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Fav cake ever!

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best easy carrot cake

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Great recipe

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it was fantastic and moist

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I used this recipe for my Mums birthday cake, it went down a treat with EVERYONE!! I subsituded walnuts for macadamias & it was devine! Thankyou!!

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For some reason it didnt rise :(
Oh well, will see what it tastes like

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Amazingly simple to make, tastes divine!

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Best recipe ever, always perfect

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Made this yesterday for the boys afternoon break,
great cake, easy, quick, YUM for their tums.

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Yum, was great! Will bake this again as a favourite

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I have made this recipe many times. For a change try replacing the carrots with beetroot. Yum!!

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This recipe is awesome every time i make it my family just love it :)

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Very much like cake you might buy in a up-market cafe, its moist, taste's amazing so yummy worth cooking again for special occasions.

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Easy, delicious, full of flavour, moist and simply more-ish! If you have never tried a carrot cake - be sure to try this one first - you will fall in love with it :)

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Was very delicious!! Perfect

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My family love this cake when I make it.

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The cake was quite moist. But the icing quantity was way too much. I did put all of it on the cake but it wasn't edible with it , too sugary so had to remove it.

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A fab cake that everyone enjoyed. Will definitely add to my favourites.

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Have made this as a cake three times and YUM. Decided to try it as muffins today and especially yum. Made 15 and cooked for 25 mins. Couldn't wait to ice them, very good without!

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perfect carrot cake!

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