Servings: 8 - 10 Servings

Cook time: 40 Minutes

Difficulty: Medium

    You will need...

  • You will need 3 x 8 inch cake tines!
  • 350g Muscovado Sugar
  • 350ml Sunflower Oil
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 280g Grated Carrot
  • 200g Raisins
  • grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 350g Plain Flour
  • 2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1tsp Ginger
  • 50g Pumpkin Seeds
  • Handful of walnuts (keep some aside for decoration)
  • Butter Icing:
  • 300g Unsalted Butter
  • 500g Icing Sugar (keep some aside for dusting)
  • 2 tbsp of Milk
  • zest of 1 orange.

Preheat oven to 170oC / Gas 4 and line your baking tins with greaseproof paper. Add the sugar, oil and eggs into a large mixing bowl or your electric mixer.
When lightly mixed, add the carrot, raisins, grated orange, pumpkin seeds and a handful of walnuts.
Next mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices and sieve into the bowl. When everything has come together nicely, stop mixing. It's best to put your mixture into a jug and pour it into the baking tins before putting them in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
Once your cakes are cooling on wire racks, it's time to make the butter icing! Mix the butter on it's own for five minutes until it is lighter in colour and very creamy in texture. Gradually add the icing sugar until it has all combined.
Add the milk and the orange zest and beat for a further couple of minutes. Once cakes are completely cooled, level off the layers by removing any peaks in the cake. This makes the cake a lot more level and visually a little more pleasing. You can use a large sharp knife for this or a cake leveller is super easy too, obviously be careful doing this though, there are no fingers in this recipe.
Spoon the icing into a large disposable piping bag and using a large star nozzle, pipe around the bottom layer in a circle and fill into the middle. Place middle cake layer on top and repeat this process.
After placing the top layer of cake down, start piping stars around the outside by squeezing vertically with your piping bag and lifting up into a point. Place walnuts on alternate icing stars and dust with icing! Voila.

walnut 4 On those days where you want something that feels a little less naughty than a giant slab of Bruce Bogtrotter style chocolate cake, you can always rely on the carrot cake. I’m actually not the biggest fan of carrot cake, however I know it’s a lot of people’s favourite (Alfie included) so along with my Mum and a mixture of different carrot cake recipes in books and online, we have come up with the perfect spiced carrot and walnut cake recipe. This has also been tried, tested and completely demolished so it’s fair to say it’s a winner! You obviously don’t have to make this as big, and can split the recipe if needs be, but I think this works so well visually and it feels a bit more special having three layers. It would make the perfect birthday cake for someone who isn’t into something too sweet or sickly. Although the carrot cake isn’t allocated to a particular season, it contains all your favourite seasonal spices and feels quite warming and comforting so does sit perfectly alongside a cup of tea on a dreary day. I’m not sure why I don’t take a shining to the carrot cake, it’s not particularly offensive and i’m sure I used to eat it all the time as a child. I’m thinking that somewhere along the way I discovered it contained a vegetable and I felt as though I had been deceived by the cake gods. Much like the time I realised that rice pudding was made with ACTUAL RICE. Isn’t the mind strange…well, my mind should I say! I’m also not a huge fan of raisins or nuts, so it’s cakes like these that are mostly a last resort for me. It did amaze me however, that I have made many a delicious, gooey cake yet nothing has ever disappeared from my cake stand quicker than this one.

walnut 6 walnut 9 walnut 10 I was so pleased with how this cake came out and it looked so beautiful in it’s cake stand I found myself taking endless photos of it and sending it to everyone who was interested (most of which probably weren’t but I left them no choice haha!). I’d love to know if you’re a fan of carrot cake and if you end up baking this. I wish you all the luck and I can’t wait to see your pictures but most importantly, enjoy it! walnut 12
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  • Emma

    Omg, Zoë your baking skills are on point! Love you x

  • helen christie

    This looks amazing!

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  • Oh gosh Zoe this looks incredible, I’d eat the entire thing!

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  • It looks soooo good! Yummmy 😀

  • Katja Roth

    yeeyy another post i lovelovelove your blog! it’s so calming xx

  • Wow Zoe this looks so lovely! I am definitely going to try this :) X

  • Reet Lonari

    These look so appetising! Surely going to try it once!

  • Morgan Miller

    Yummm! x
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  • l0uiseᵅᵐᵞ♥

    This is my favourite cake! Id love this to be made for me for my birthday! Having carrot cake at my wedding! ;) xxx

  • Zoel Hernández

    I am not the biggest fan of carrot cake, and when I bake it I don’t add raisins (I don’t like them haha). However, I have made it a few times and I quite like having it in Autumn or when it’s rainy haha I don’t know why, but that’s how it is. Also I baked some little Carrot Cake Jars for my blog (feel free to check it out) for Easter and everyone loved them, including me haha Love you so much and I loved the blog post, the cake looked really nice and yummy x

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  • I only recently tried carrot cake and I actually do really like it! Its not my favourite and a do like a good chocolate cake but I really want to make one and this recipient sounds delicious!!

  • I’m a huge fan of carrot cake and have loved the Hummingbird recipe but I’ll definitely be giving yours a go! I love how you’ve decorated the cake, its a really nice to change to completely covering the cake!

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  • Haley Ball

    I love how you can see every layer of the cake, and the nuts are such a cute addition! Your blog is so professional; love it!

  • omg wow, what a delicious looking creation! You’re making me hungry again even though I just had dinner haha :) x

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  • looks amazing

  • Hmmm so yummy!!! I have to try it!

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  • Rebecca Fletcher

    This looks so delicious! My mum makes a great coffee & walnut cake but Ive never tried a carrot & walnut one. Cant wait to bake this!

  • Anna Lawrence

    This look Amazing!
    I love making carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, it’s the best thing ever! but I might have to give this a try.

  • I am allergic to walnut but this still looks amazing! I will have to try it without xx

    Zoe Mountford x

  • millie moo 💓

    defiantly going to bake this soon, it looks so yummy 😋💘 love you xx

  • lauramariska

    such a lovely pictures and probably a delicious cake ;)

  • Zoe you are a culinary genius! We need a Zoella Bakes book sometime soon :) <3

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      True xx
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    • Searbella

      So true… I would buy it for sure!!!

  • Yum! That looks Delicious!

  • Omg, this looks so delicious! I definitely need to make this! :)

  • Need to make this! I just brought a new cake stand this will look perfect on it👌🏻

  • This looks too pretty to eat Zoe! I wish I could just take the slice from through the screen! :)
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  • emmylou

    It’s my friends birthday on Thursday and I am definitely going to make this! Thanks Zoe x

  • omg this looks so amazing! I love carrot cake so I definitely need to try this once I have finished exams! :) x

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  • lifestyleandso

    this looks amazing,so delicious looking x

  • I’m not a huge carrot cake fan either, but this looks absolutely delicious! I love how you decorated it:) I might have to give this recipe a try over the weekend! Thanks for sharing!!

    XO – Sarah

  • Gorgeous, I’m making that tomorrow for my friends birthday! Thanks for the inspiration!
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  • Elishia Chave

    I LOVE carrot cake and this looks delicious. If my kitchen wasn’t the size of a cupboard I’d whip it up instantly (New York apartments… the bane of the baker’s life). x x

  • This looks soo soo delicious! I would sadly never be able to bake a cake like that! love the photos as always :) x

  • This looks amazing Zoe! Cant wait to try this recipe soon x

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  • Jen

    I love carrot cake! It’s not overly sweet and makes you feel slightly better about stuffing yourself with cake. ;-) This looks wonderful. x

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  • I just had dinner but my mouth is STILL watering omg looks so good!!
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  • Sammy.

    I am definitely baking this over the weekend! But now I’m craving for some carrot cake right now!

  • Wellwell Girl

    wow it is beautiful! i cannot wait to try it at home! x

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  • Katie
  • This looks soo delicious. I’ve been on the lookout for a good carrot cake. Cheers love

  • Rachel Liwanag

    Omg you make me want to start baking now

  • I’m now so ready for your bake book Zoe!! I also didn’t use to like carrot cake that much til recent, but a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing changed my mind! I’m now craving one so bad :D xx

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  • Zoe I was also unaware that rice pudding was actual rice hehe!
    This looks lovely. Xx

  • I love how HIGH it is! Looks so good.

  • Marta Sierra Marti

    Love the presentation, it’s so cute!!! Now I’m on my baking mode thanks to you :p


  • bekamop99

    This looks so delicious – carrot cake is the best :)

  • WOW. This looks SO good!


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  • You’re such a good little baker! Thanks for sharing this, I’ve pinned x

  • Looks so delicious – I’ll definitely be making that in the weekend!! How do you manage to make everything look so good, when my baking is always a fail?!?

  • Julia Walker

    Oh wow this looks so amazing! I’d make it right now if we didn’t have some cupcakes left!

  • Džana Kadić

    wow this looks so good, I’ll have to try this out!

  • Reese Roberts

    That looks great!!!…I want to try it ,thank you for sharing Zoe :)

  • Ahh this looks amazing Zoe!

  • Maggie

    This looks amazing! I love when frosting is only in the middle of a cake!

  • Alicia Parry

    This looks delicious

  • Chloe
  • Your photos are always so lovely :)

  • Looks delicious!! I love your baking equipment so much haha, especially your rose golden kitchen aid!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever tried carrot cake before.. I love carrots but don’t know as they’d taste as a cake, lol, but I love the pictures you took! It looks amazing :)

  • oh good grief carrot cake is my absolute fave and if walnuts are in the mix with buttercream..

  • Considering i’m not a huge cake lover, this does look delicious!

  • Megan Clarke

    Carrot cake is my absolute favourite so I can’t wait to try this!

  • Susan

    Your cake looks fabulous and your cake stand is lovely, too.

  • It looks so delicious!! Lovely photos😍

  • Johanna and Aria

    Looks so yummy! I better be whisking this up soon. xx

  • Marzena Garbacz

    My 19th is 3.06. soooo i’m gonna make this one ♥♥♥

  • Džana Kadić

    These look great! I’ll have to make this soon.

  • This looks amazing, I love carrot cake!

  • Yummy!!! I love you blog so much! xx

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      I just checked out yours and I love it!!

  • This cake looks SO good Zoe!

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  • Stasy Kendel

    I have never tried a carrot cake in my life. This one looks incredibly delicious! *-* Enjoying your photos Zoe as always ♥

  • Samantha Frances

    I’ve never actually had carrot cake because like you I’ve always been put off by the fact that there’s a vegetable in it! But this looks like chocolate cake!! I think if someone handed me this and didn’t tell me what it was I’d probably like it! Definitely will have to give this a go one day over summer! xxx

  • ellie

    looks so good. thank you for sharing zoe! :)

  • Anest Jones

    this looks delicious! I’ll definitely try this

  • I LOVE carrot cake – one of my faves – just not a fan of walnuts ^^
    Your cake look amazing and I´d love a piece of it now ;) I hope I can try your recipe soon ;)

  • Carrot cake is my husbands favourite cake, so I’m bookmarking this ready for his birthday! Yummy :-)

    Rachel x

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  • Ana Jemeljanova

    This looks sooo goood xx

  • This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing Zoe! :)

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  • This looks AMAZING! I love any sort of cake and this sounds right up my street, a bit different to the usual chocolate cake that I go for but I am down to try anything! Thanks for sharing your recipe! <3

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  • Thea Catherine

    Zoe, this cake looks amazing! I love carrot cake so I am going to try baking this!

  • CosyCaitlin

    This looks soo delicious!! Defo going to be my first autumn bake this year, thanks for sharing!x

  • This looks really good! I am going to have to try to make it at some point in the future.

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  • egcutts

    OMG this looks AMAZING!!! I really want you to release a baking book!! how great would that be?:o I love to bake too and some of my recipes are on my site if you fancy giving them a quick look! <<<<<<<<<<<<

  • It seems delicious!

  • Eliza Strzelecka

    Wow this looks amazing! Will definitely have to try out this recipe sometime soon!

  • sounds amazing! I’ve never made a carrot cake before, but I love them <3 x Thanks for sharing Zoe!

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  • Searbella

    This looks AMAZING!!! I am going to have to try this… And loving the new post! Keep it up Zoe!!!

  • This looks amazing! I need to bake a birthday cake this weekend so I might follow this recipe x

  • Tilly

    This looks delicious! Will definitely have to try it.

  • Lou Lu

    I need this in my

  • They look like heaven:) I can’t wait to try the,!!

  • Ooohh this sounds so amazing!! My Nanny always makes awesome carrot cakes but this sounds just as good :D

  • Pareen

    This looks delicious! Carrot cakes are my favorite!

  • i love your pictures and how you set them up. The quality is just amazing and very inspiring!

    lots of looove Katja

  • Jenna Milne

    This cake looks incredible! Your second job should be a baker as well as a YouTuber! I love you x

  • Ruby’s Cadence

    Zoe, you are a domestic GODESS! I love baking but I’m not the best and everything I seem to make fails, but it still tastes good! I might give this a go, who knows, it might actually work for me! ;0
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  • lucy prosser

    This is amazing. I love your photography so much – makes me want to invest in a better camera!
    Lucy xoxo

  • Ellie

    it looks so good I can’t wait to make it

  • Awaywiththequeries

    This looks so professional and delicious Zoe!! Your food posts are my favourite xx

  • just Pretty Simple

    This looks amazing! Love your wooden spoon too!

  • Rebeca

    I love carrot cake 💛💛
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  • This sounds delicious! I’ll probably miss out the raisins though because I’m not a fan of them!
    Aleeha xXx

  • Laura

    I realize this is unrelated, but I always love your flower arrangements! I often struggle with mine :/ Would love to see a post on it!


  • Cassie Paynter

    I have been meaning to make this cake for ages and now I finally have I am just waiting for it to come out the oven!!!!!

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  • looks delicious, you’ve become an amazing baker! it would also be easy for any vegan readers to turn entirely plant based, I always love when recipes can be easily converted! gorgeous photos as per usual x
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  • holly jade

    Carrot cake has to be one of my faves! and this photography is beautiful! The cake stand is lush!!! xxx

  • This has to be one of the most delicious recipes you’ve shared with us and we are in love! Will have to make this soon, the orange zest sounds like an amazing idea!

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    • Mila S

      SO TRUE! Zoe is literally the QUEEN of baking hahah wish I had enough patience for that!! <3

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  • Maeve Phelan

    Would love to know where you get all your baking equipment and to see your baking cupboard! :-) Love your blog x

  • My mouth was watering just reading this post! Will definitely have to try it sometime soon!
    Would love it if any of you lovely bakers/people who just love food would check out my blog! We just put up a chocolate orange cupcake recipe and there are lots of other cakes to look at too! Feedback would also be much appreciated!

  • My favourite type of cake, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Look so amazing ! I really need to try this, thank you so much Zoe ! <3

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  • oh my gosh, it looks so great

  • Chantel Dearin

    this looks delicious, shame I can’t bake..

  • Nikola<3

    that cake looks soooo nice!!!!

  • Phoebe Owor

    I just made this. It was really tasty but it didn’t look half as pretty as yours! xx

  • August

    This recipe looks great – I shall try it soon ! + amazing photos as always, Zoe – evolve your style with a regularly updated selection of outfits from a menswear personal shopper.

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  • Darcy

    This looks delicious!

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  • Mim Plech

    This cake looks heavenly!

  • Nicole Cranshaw

    I would love it if you were to write a cook book, i’m sure I would enjoy it just as much as girl online! :)

  • Lucy Doyle

    This looks heavenly Zoe! xx

  • Ann Cola

    Привет! Я знаю,что ты не говоришь по русски,но через переводчик надеюсь,что поймёшь! Zoella,я прочитала книгу,которую ты написала(почти прочитала:D),она на столько меня растрогала,что я поняла,на сколько надо любить семью,друзей,а главное ЖИЗНЬ! Я очень тебя люблю и желаю дальнейших побед и успехов! P.S.Твоя книга даже в РОССИИ популярна!:))))

  • Oh, I must make this! It looks for delish!

  • Esther

    It looks so. Damn. Good.

  • Elena Gamesliars

    I love this cake!
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  • Aleksandra Tsenova

    That looks delicious and the Biscoff Cake you made over YouTube, and I have to admit that you’re really good in baking
    Love from Bulgaria, Zoe x

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  • Cássia Lorenza

    Looks delicious!

  • This looks amazing and your photos are amazing!

  • Looks so summy omg!

  • Ellie

    Yumm…I just love carrot cake i bet it tastes delicious!

  • Does anyone know how she changed the layout for the recipe part? Looks super professional and beautiful.

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  • Jane

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    I need to try this!!!!!!

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    Cannot wait to try this omg

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  • I want to make this sooo badly! Maybe with little snowflake sprinkles to make it a tad more festive!

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    Yum zoe i love u ! Can u meet moi? I am not french but i knew only me aka moi lol!

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  • Amandeep

    I love this recipe Zoe! One of my favorite types of cake is carrot cake, even though I’m not a big cake fan! Where did you get the wooden spoon from? It looks amazing! I really want one! Xx

  • Candice Hooper

    This makes me happy being able to find a recipe that I know I will love to make in the future thank you Zoe for being so amazing and providing such amazing blog posts. Stay amazing and gorgeous!

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  • Omg need to try this, look so so good!

  • kittyjadeblog

    Mmm… My mouth is watering Zoë! You are so talented. Since I watched you on YouTube you helped me with my panic attacks and anxiety too. Your books helped inspired my blog, KittyJade. Thank you Zoë, you’ve been amazing (As always!)

    KittyJade, Xx

  • Tháp Long Thọ

    thanks so much. Those look delicious.I feel starving :'(

  • You are such an incredible baker! I love reading these and watching your videos! Your so talented and the recipes you share are always so interesting…. they aren’t just your average vanilla or chocolate cake! Where do you find the recipes!?