Carrot Cake with Lemon Icing


Carrot Cake with Lemon Icing |

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a spot of baking. Oddly enough, this period of kitchen absenteeism has seen me eating more cakes and sweets than ever before, thanks to the local pâtisserie shop down the road. I’m pretty sure I have become their best customer since the birth of our baby girl; once a place where I would shop mainly for our daily bread, I now also add croissants, brioches and bircher muesli to the daily routine, sometimes a quiche or chicken salad for lunch, and always a couple of blocks of chocolate to savour around 10:00pm once both kidlets are tucked in.

But I had a friend coming around for afternoon tea today, and whilst my first instinct was to pick up a box of chocolate éclairs, I decided instead to turn on the oven. In running a quick mental analysis on which would require more physical and mental exertion, setting aside an hour or so to bake a cake was by far the easier option than a “quick” trip to the shops with a baby and toddler in tow.

The first cake that came to my mind was a carrot cake, first because it is one of my favourite cakes and, secondly, I could fool myself into believing that it would qualify as a vegetable intake in my toddler’s diet.

carrot cake

My favourite carrot cake recipe comes from Bake by Rachel Allen, and the recipe can be found in this previous post (second recipe in the post).

I made a few changes on this occasion. Instead of using a loaf tin, I made the cake in a 24cm round springform tin which needed about 60 minutes in the oven to cook. And instead of a cream-cheese frosting, I made a simple lemon icing by mixing together about 2 cups of icing sugar with just enough lemon juice to make a thick but spreadable icing. As soon as the top of the cake is spread with icing, quickly decorate with some shop-bought marzipan carrots. Leave the cake for an hour or so to set before serving. Afternoon tea is served.


  1. Dani 29 May 2015

    It looks great! The little carrot are very cute 🙂 I love a good carrot cake recipe … and I also believe the bad is cancelled out with the good since there is vegetables in it! mmm delicious with a cuppa…

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 May 2015

      I love these marzipan carrots too! I’ve only come across them since moving to Switzerland – carrot cake is very popular here 🙂

  2. Vickie 29 May 2015

    ooh, your cake looks awesome – reminds me of how much I like carrot cake & that it’s been far too long since I baked one!

    I’ll have to wait a bit longer I think, since my sister has promised chocolate-cherry cheesecake this weekend & that’s probably enough baked goods for a few days at least, lol

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 May 2015

      A chocolate cherry cheesecake sounds amazing! And especially when made by someone else 😉

  3. Anne 9 June 2015

    That cake. Those carrots. You’re a goddess!
    This cake looks absolutely divine –I mean how did you get a simple little carrot cake to look so classy??? And those carrots look like they took forever and they’re so fricking cute!!!! And the picture makes me drool. I wish I could say it figuratively.


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