Skip to main content
15Total Time
15Prep Time
50Bake Time

Mary Berry Carrot Cake

Celebrity recipe

25 Reviews

About the bake

This Mary Berry carrot cake recipe is a wonderful version of this classic cake. A full-fat cream cheese frosting is the traditional topping, but here a low-fat soft cheese is suggested, and it tastes equally as good.

If you prefer not to have frosting at all, spread with clear honey on top of the cake while it is hot from the oven, and sprinkles with chopped walnuts.

Fans of this recipe will also love our carrot cake traybake and our breakfast carrot and courgette muffins.

15Total Time
15Prep Time
50Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Lightly grease an 18cm (7 inch) cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    Combine all the cake ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until thoroughly blended. Turn into the prepared cake tin and level the surface.

  3. Step 3:

    Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 4) for about 50 minutes until the cake is well risen, firm to the touch, and beginning to shrink away from the side of the tin.

  4. Step 4:

    Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes. Turn out on to a wire cooling rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool completely.

  5. Step 5:

    To make the topping mix together the cheese, honey and lemon juice. Spread on top of the cake and sprinkle the walnuts and pistachio nuts over the top. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


    • 150ml Sunflower oil (plus extra for greasing)
    • 250g Self-raising wholemeal flour
    • 2 tsp Baking powder
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 60g Walnuts (chopped)
    • 125g Carrot(s) (grated)
    • 2 Banana(s) (ripe)
    • 2 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 1 tbsp Milk (whole)
  • For the cream cheese topping

    • 250g Low calorie cream cheese (at room temperature)
    • 2 tsp Honey
    • 1 tsp Juice of one whole lemon
    •  Walnuts (chopped)
    •  Pistachio nuts (finely chopped)

Nutritional Information

per 115g
  • 423cal Energy
  • 25g Fat
  • 5g of which Saturates
  • 38g Carbohydrates
  • 22g of which Sugars
  • 8.5g Protein
  • 0.56g Salt

Great recipes and more at

Exclusive gifts and kits to take your baking to the next level Competitions and baker of the month prizes More than 1,000 recipes to try.