Carrot Cake Recipe

Using rapeseed oil makes this a healthier alternative of a family favourite. This cake contains 60% less saturated fat per slice by using rapeseed oil in place of butter.

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    Prep Time

    15 mins

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    Cook Time

    45 mins

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    Cost Per Serving

    25p - 49p

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories280 kcal


    Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food and drink. Your weight depends on the balance between how much energy you consume and how much energy you use up. If you eat or drink more than you use you can gain weight. If you don’t eat enough you can lose it.

  • Fat11g


    Your body wouldn’t function without fat. Fat is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet. It provides fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. But as fat is a rich source of energy (calories), it can easily contribute to weight gain.

  • Saturates2g


    On average as a nation it seems we’re consuming too much saturated fat. Eating too much can increase your cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Carbs38g


    Starchy foods like bread, breakfast cereals or potatoes are a good source of carbohydrate and should make up just over a third of the food you eat. When eaten, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which is used to fuel cells in your body like brain and muscle cells. Some people think starchy carbohydrates are fattening, but gram for gram it contains less than half the calories of fat. Choose whole grain or high fibre varieties where you can as they often contain more nutrients.

  • Sugars20g


    On average in the UK we eat too much sugar. Foods and drinks high in sugars are not needed in the diet. So if you have them, make sure they're infrequent and in small amounts, or you risk tooth decay or obesity.

  • Fibre2g


    Fibre is classed as a carbohydrate and you should aim to eat 30g fibre each day. Eating plenty of fibre is good for your digestive health and is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

  • Protein9g


    All cells and tissues contain protein, so it’s essential for growth, repair and good health. Protein from animal sources such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products contain all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) needed by the body. If you're vegetarian or vegan, you can get the protein you need through eating a variety of different plant sources such as pulses, nuts and cereals.

  • Salt0.5g


    A small amount of salt is needed in your diet but too much can raise your blood pressure, which increases risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Adults shouldn’t eat more than about 1 teaspoon (6g) per day – and that includes salt already in the foods you eat, not just the salt you add, so check nutrition labels on food packs.

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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150g dark muscovado sugar
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 75ml rapeseed oil
  • 350g carrots, grated
  • 200g low-fat soft cheese
  • 2tbsp icing sugar
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zest only - to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line the base of a 21cm round cake tin with baking parchment.
  3. Mix together the flours, baking powder and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and rapeseed oil until creamy.
  5. Fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture, along with the carrots.
  6. Spoon into the tin and bake for 45 minutes until cooked throughout
  7. Cool slightly before removing from the tin.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Whisk together the soft cheese, icing sugar and lemon juice.
  10. Spread the icing on the cooled cake.
  11. Decorate with the lemon zest.

Cooking Tips

  • Ideal for freezing.

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