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Carrot Cake Tray Bake

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Serves 12
Serves 12

About our carrot cake traybake

We've turned a classic tea time treat into a tray bake version and then smothered in cream cheese frosting. Our Carrot Cake Tray Bake is a really easy one to try at home and the possibilities are endless with the decoration. We've opted for a classic cream cheese icing and cute little carrot decorations.

Just like any carrot cake, feel free to decorate it how you'd like. We've seen versions with chopped nuts, lemon zest or pearl sugar worked into the cream cheese frosting.

Prefer a more traditional recipe? Give our easy carrot cake a whirl.

11 ingredients7 steps
  • Vegetarian


  1. Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas 4.

  2. Step 2

    Grate the carrots into a large bowl. Sift the sugar, flour, bicarb and cinnamon on top of the carrot and mix.

  3. Step 3

    Whisk together the eggs and oil and add to the bowl. 

  4. Step 4

    Line your baking tin with greased proof paper and then pour in the batter.

  5. Step 5

    Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cake is cooked. Wait for the cake to cool thoroughly before icing it.

  6. Step 6

    To make the icing, mix the butter and icing sugar together, then stir in the soft cheese until smooth. Be Careful not to overmix once you've added the cream cheese! Otherwise it'll go runny.

  7. Step 7

    When the cake is cool, spread the top with the icing and carrot toppers and serve.


  • For the Cake

    • 200gCarrots (peeled) 
    • 175gBillington's light muscovado sugar 
    • 200gAllinson's Self-Raising White Flour 
    • 1 tspBicarbonate of soda 
    • 2 tspCinnamon 
    • 2Large eggs 
    • 150mlSunflower oil 
  • For the Icing

    • 50gSoftened butter 
    • 75gSilver Spoon Icing Sugar 
    • 200gSoft cheese 
    • 12Carrot decorations 


  • 18cm square baking tin
  • Mixing bowl

Nutritional information per 83g serving

  • Energy 349cal
  • Fat 21g
  • of which Saturates 7.1g
  • Carbohydrates 34g
  • of which Sugars 22g
  • Protein 4.4g
  • Salt 0.58g

38 Baker Ratings

I made this as a tray bake. I doubled the ingredients and put icing between as well as on top of 2-tier cake. Easy cake to make and amazing result.
Can this cake be frozen?

Baking Mad

Hi, yes you can freeze this cake before it is iced. We would suggest allowing the cake to fully cool, then double wrapping in cling film so it is airtight and this should prevent it from freezer burn. Allow your cake to full defrost before icing and serving. 

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what size is tin to use please

Baking Mad

Hi, this recipe is based on an 18cm square baking tin. Happy Baking!

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