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Spiced carrot cake recipe

This spiced carrot cake recipe is rich in beta-carotene, which converts in the body to vitamin A. This has an anti-oxidant effect, boosts immunity, and may slow down the development of macular degeneration and cataracts. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time : 60-70 minutes


  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 140g/5oz light brown sugar
  • 55g/2oz chopped walnuts
  • 115g/4oz grated carrots
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml/5fl oz sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg (or use 1½ tsp mixed spice)

Topping ingredients (optional)

  • 170g/6oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 55g/2oz low-fat margarine
  • 115g/4oz icing sugar 
  • 2–3 drops vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/350°F.
  2. Grease and line a deep 20cm/8in cake tin.
  3. Mix all the cake ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy and put into a cake tin.
  4. Cook for about 1 hour until the cake is well risen and shrinking away from the sides.
  5. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes.
  6. Remove cake carefully from the tin and place it on a wire rack to cool down completely.
  7. If requiring topping, beat together the ingredients and smooth over the cooled cake.
  8. Store in the fridge.

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Last updated: Sep 20 2022

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