Old-fashioned Carrot Cake

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10-12 servings
Prep Time: 
140 min.
Cintia Stammers

Carrot cake is a hot topic... people either love it or hate it. Cintia offers this recipe in her 'The Book of Eggfree Cakes' and shows that you can make this with a little flair that might convert the non-carrot-cake camp. It's especially delicious with a nice butter or cream cheese icing on top!

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Cintia's book is a lovely look at many traditional cakes (and more) that can be made without eggs, and thus suitable for offering to Krishna. Because of the carrots, this cake has a long cook time, so be prepared to wait!


  • 150 ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) water
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz / 1/2 cup) muscovado sugar
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz / 3/4 cup) raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 200 g (7 oz / 1 1/4 cups) grated carrot
  • 250 g (8 oz / 2 cups) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz / 1/2 cup) chopped walnuts
  • *Melting method
    *Cake tin: one 20 x 30 cm (8” x 12”) rectangular tin or 1 kg (2 lb) loaf tin, greased and floured
    *Oven temperature: 150° C (300° F/Gas Mark 3)
    *Baking Time: about 2 hours


  1. If possible, start this mixture the night before. In a saucepan, boil the water, sugar, raisins, spices and the grated carrot for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture in a mixing bowl and leave it for at least 4 hours. Add the other ingredients and beat with a spoon. Turn into the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 2 hours. Check the cake every 15 minutes after the first hour.
  2. When it is ready, it should be deep brown and should leave the sides of the tin.
  3. Check with a skewer or cocktail stick. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire cooling rack, and cut into squares or slices when cold.


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