Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting

A delicious and fail-proof recipe for a Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting which is both tangy and delicious.

My Carrot Cake

I had a friend coming around for afternoon tea today, and whilst my first instinct was to go out and pick up something from the local bakery, 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 Recipe

My favourite carrot cake recipe comes from Bake by Rachel Allen, and the recipe can be found in this previous post for Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I made a few changes on this occasion. Instead of using a loaf pan, I made the cake in a 24 cm (9.5 inch) round springform pan which needed about 60 minutes in the oven to cook.

And instead of a cream-cheese frosting, I made a simple lemon frosting by mixing together about 2 cups of icing sugar (powdered sugar) with just enough lemon juice to make a thick but spreadable icing.

Afternoon tea is served.

Other Carrot Cake Recipes You Might Enjoy

For a classic American-style carrot cake, you can’t beat this Carrot Cake with Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting.

For a more traditional Swiss-style carrot cake, I recommend this classic recipe for Swiss Carrot Cake from Betty Bossi.

For something the kids will love, you can’t beat these Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.


Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting

4.9 from 9 reviews

  • Author: Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

A delicious and fail-proof recipe for a Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting which is both tangy and delicious.


For the Carrot Cake

For the Lemon Frosting

To Decorate

  • whole marzipan carrots or chopped walnuts


For the Carrot Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).
  2. Grease and line a 24 cm (9.5 inch) springform cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid, beat together the eggs, oil and sugar until it is pale and thick.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice. Mix until well combined.
  5. Stir through the carrots, raisins and nuts (if using). The batter will be quite liquid but don’t worry about this.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Leave the cake to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Lemon Frosting

  1. Mix together the icing sugar (powdered sugar) with just enough lemon juice to make a thick but spreadable icing.

To Decorate

  1. Generously spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
  2. As soon as the top of the cake is spread with icing, quickly decorate with some shop-bought marzipan carrots or chopped walnuts.
  3. Leave the cake for an hour or so to set before serving.

Kitchen Notes

All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.


  • Serving Size: Serves 8 to 10
  • Calories: 587
  • Sugar: 67.2g
  • Sodium: 215.9mg
  • Fat: 23.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 91.6g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 5.5g
  • Cholesterol: 37.5mg

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This recipe was first published on 28 May 2015. It has been updated with new photos and more recipe notes.

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  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.

  4. Madeleine 25 March 2018

    Love the marzipan carrots on this cake – they are so typically Swiss. Also love the contrast of the lemon frosting with this cake, as it makes a nice change from the usual cream cheese frosting.

  5. Julia 13 April 2018

    Beautiful presentation!!! It really impresses! LOVE this recipe!

  6. Kate 25 October 2020

    This cake is very moist and spongy. I didn’t like the taste of the icing when first mixed so I added some almond extract. The flavor of the cake and the icing was much improved the next day. If I make it again I would up the spices and try to come up with those nice marizpan carrots although it looks okay with them, too.

  7. Alia A Sariol 23 June 2021

    Yummy2 and healthy cake

  8. Helen 30 July 2021

    Hi Thanh, The carrot cake looks amazing! Would I able to use your photo for my design project? It was the exact carrot cake photo that I was looking for. Thanks

  9. Soni H 18 October 2021

    Hello and thank you for sharing this tasty recipe! This was my first attempt in making carrot cake and it was a hit! I loved the way the cake came out, nice and moist. The only change I made was with the icing. I am not a cream cheese fan, so I used my homemade buttercream icing recipe, which was delightful! 5 stars all the way! Thank you.

    • Eat, Little Bird 26 October 2021

      Hi Soni,
      So glad you enjoyed this recipe! It sounds delicious with buttercream icing 🙂

  10. Emma 6 April 2022

    My favorite carrot cake recipe! I’ve made this so many times now and everyone always loves it. Even the kids love the lemon frosting.

  11. Amanda 15 April 2022

    Beautiful carrot cake recipe!

  12. Anja 15 April 2022

    My family always makes carrot cake for Easter and everybody loved this recipe. The cake was so soft and tender with beautiful flavours. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. Janine 18 May 2022

    Beautiful cake, very tender and moist, very delicious!

  14. Julie 11 June 2022

    Simply delicious! One of the best carrot cakes I have ever tasted.