Saturday, 13 June 2015

Carrot Cake

This is a regular carrot cake recipe which I adapted to make it gluten free, dairy free and soya free. I needed to find a tasty way of using up my Carrot Spaghetti which I was delighted to find in Tesco the other day, and it worked a treat!

Although the cake recipe is not free from as many top allergens as I would like for inclusion here, I was completely thrilled with my finds in Tesco. For seriously restricted kids, whose main nutritional needs are covered by amino acid based elemental formula, both the carrot and courgette spaghetti they now stock in their larger stores offer a real increase in variety for many. They also have diced veg packs, which for someone like me who cooks in bulk, are like finding an extra hour in the day!

So, here is my carrot cake recipe, which went down very well here! It was a little crumbly on top which made neat cutting difficult but fine throughout the body of the cake. Moist but not soggy.


  • 125 g Dove's Self Raising Flour, or your own choice (but probably not just rice flour alone)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 175ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 175g carrot spaghetti chopped first with scissors (or grated carrot)
  • 60g chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4
  • Grease/line a 7" round cake tin
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and sugar
  • Add the oil and eggs until fully mixed
  • Stir in carrot and nuts
  • Bake for 25 minutes

You will see I haven't used any frosting. This is partly due to the already high sugar content of the cake, partly the lack of cream cheese alternative. It was really moist however and no one missed the additional layer! 

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  1. I love carrot cake. Your recipe is very similar to mine but I've not tried carrot spaghetti. I don't put nuts in mine as the kids don't like them and I never use frosting either. I love how crumbly and moist it is, definitely one of my favourites, in fact I think I'll have to make one tomorrow now.

  2. Oh wow never come across carrot spaghetti before!! I will have to try your recipe! Made one before with a different recipe and didn't like it!

  3. Carrot spaghetti, interesting! We love carrot cake and this is a recipe I may try when one of my daughter's friends comes round to play.

  4. Oh this looks delicious, I just adore carrot cake x

  5. I have never been a fan but I have had a few home-made ones from people and been very nice.

  6. I have to admit I didn't try carrot cake for years because of the name but when I finally did I found I loved it. x

  7. OOh I just adore carrot cake and would quite like some right now x

  8. I love carrot cake and actually prefer it without the frosting.

  9. Carrot spaghetti sounds amazing!

    Your cake looks lovely and moist without any icing x x

  10. I cannot believe carrot spaghetti is a thing but I am going to have to try it out! We will be weaning a dairy free child soon so I will have to check out more recipes.

  11. I've never seen the carrot spaghetti! I love your recipe - we're actually having friends over next week, whose little one is allergic to dairy, so I should make this for them :)

  12. Carrot cake is my favourite, never attempted to make it though

  13. Carrot spaghetti sounds amazing! Plus I love carrot cake so I will have to give this a try!

  14. We bought a spiralizer and the kids love it. We use it a lot

  15. Well I can't believe that Tesco are doing carrot spagetti!! That is amazing! I am now on the GAPS diet so finding things to eat while out is very tricky. This is perfect!!!

  16. A tasty way for one of five a day. Looks easy to do to. X

  17. Ohh ready done carrot spaghetti, I'll have to seek that out. Your cake looks fab, really moist. Mich x

  18. I absolutely adore carrot cake! Yours looks delicious!

  19. Oh, I can almost smell it, I love carrot cake! I will check their carrot spaghetti next time I am in Tesco, didn't even know they had them!xx

  20. My mum LOVES carrot cake - this looks so yummy! Kaz x

  21. Loving the carrot spaghetti, not seen that before! The cake look delicious


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