Recipe – Carrot & Walnut Cake with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been making this lovely moist carrot and walnut cake for longer than I care to remember. As a single layer cake, it’s not quite as guilt-inducing as those towering triple-layered confections, despite its luscious creamy frosting.

This is a more modest looking cake but there’s absolutely nothing modest about the taste and best of all, it’s very easy to make.

Carrot Walnut Cake, Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot & Walnut Cake with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


(Serves 8-10)


6 fl oz (175ml) of canola or corn oil

6 oz (150g) of sugar (caster sugar in the UK, regular in the US)

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

4 oz (100g) of walnut pieces, chopped (plus 8-10 walnut halves for decoration)

8 oz (250g) of ready-peeled carrots, chopped

6 oz (150g) of all-purpose (plain) flour

1 teaspoon (5ml) of bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon (5ml) of baking powder

1 teaspoon (5ml) of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon (5ml) of salt

For the frosting:

3 oz (85g) of full-fat cream cheese at room temp

2 oz (50g) of butter at room temp

2 oz (50g) of powdered sugar

1/8 cup (30ml) of maple syrup

8-10 walnut halves for decoration


Oil a 9 inch (22-23cm) loose-based cake pan and line it with baking parchment. Lightly oil the parchment.

Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C.

Put everything except the walnuts into a food processor and blend thoroughly, until the carrots are finely chopped. Fold in the walnuts then spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan.

Transfer to the center of the oven and bake for approximately 1 hr 15 mins. Check after 1 hour as ovens vary – press gently in the center of the cake, it should spring back and have begun to shrink from the sides. Cool in the pan for 5 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy then add the maple syrup followed by the icing sugar. You can adjust the quantities of maple syrup to sugar depending on how maple-y you want it to taste.

Spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.

The cake keeps well but I’d cover and refrigerate it due to the frosting…however, I like to serve it at room temperature.




About edibletcetera

I'm passionate about food; I cook, photograph, eat...then writes about it in that order. I'm also an occasional restaurant critic and caterer; a former newspaper columnist; author; social media/marketing communications; world traveler; dog lover; skier...and wit, (according to those who know me).
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5 Responses to Recipe – Carrot & Walnut Cake with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. virginia harlow says:

    I write this as a person who considers eating a dessert not made of chocolate as a possible waste of calories. This cake would be absolutely worth the calories! What an amazing recipe, and a beautiful picture. Well done Jackie!

  2. Sue Ellen says:

    This looks so wonderful … for Easter dessert.

  3. Thank you ! On that note, perhaps I should have shared the recipe a few days ago to give people time to make it…but it’s wonderful at any time of year ☺️

  4. Gmail FJW says:


    Sent from my iPhone Law Offices Frances Johnson Wright ,P.C.


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