As I’ve raved on about banana bread for so long, I thought I’d change it up… this easy carrot cake recipe (plain and simple) is DIVINE! Although I’ve always been a big ‘cake eater’ (nicknamed Cake-y by my cousin, instead of ‘Katie’) I was never a fan of carrot cake growing up – perhaps something to do with the fact that it had a vegetable in. Looking back I feel like I wasted so many valuable years of my life not knowing how amazing it was. Anyways, I’ve got plenty of time to make up for it and I can’t wait because I can assure you I’ll continue to eat it as my ‘cake of choice’ whenever I get the chance.
For the last few years when my mumma has baked me a cake for my bday I’ve requested her amazing carrot cake – moist (sorry gross word), sweet and don’t get me started on the cream cheese icing. Honestly, I could eat it with a spoon.
It really is the best of everything combined and on a treat day you just can’t beat a coffee and a big slice of homemade carrot cake. Key word in that sentence though… ‘homemade’. Although I don’t complain about eating carrot cake that is ‘shop bought’ you really can tell the difference between an American-style slice in Nandos vs a crumbly/bit-messy homemade version. The latter being 100x better (in my opinion!)
I fell upon this ‘all in one recipe’ recently during lockdown whilst I was in Suffolk – not having access to my usual recipe books for inspiration. I’ll admit it turned out pretty well and it wasn’t long before there were only a few crumbs left on the plate (helped along the way by G of course!)
Other than the ease of the recipe, what I love about this cake is that is crams in a lot of cream cheese icing and it is packed full of hidden surprises which some (but not all) carrot cakes contain – orange zest, sultanas, walnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon. You really do get a kick of everything!
So, read below for this easy carrot cake recipe and let me know what you think!