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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Carrot Cake Recipe-How to make Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is moist, dense, soft and delicious with grated carrots, walnuts and cinnamon. It was a big hit in my family. We loved plain carrot cake itself, but if you prefer, you can decorate it with cream cheese icing. My suggestion is, do not prepare the cake without walnuts and cinnamon as they give nice flavor and taste to the cake. Today we will learn how to prepare carrot cake following this easy carrot cake recipe.

Carrot cake
Moist Carrot Cake Recipe
Recipe source- Joy of baking

Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 6-8
 Recipe CategoryCakes
 Recipe CuisineInternational

   Ingredients needed

   All purpose flour (maida)- 260 grams (2 cups)
   Baking soda - 1 tsp
   Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
   Salt -1/2 tsp
   Cinnamon powder- 1 1/2 tsp

   Egg - 4
   Granulated sugar - 1 1/2 cup (300 grams)
   Vegetable oil - 1 cup ( any flavorless oil)
   Vanilla extract - 2 tsp

   Walnuts chopped - 100 grams
   Finely grated carrot - 1/2 cup


Preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degree C.

Grease the baking tray and dust flour.

Carrot cake and 3 carrot cupcakes besides it

Moist Carrot cake-carrot cake recipe

Mix all the dry ingredients - Maida, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together, sieve twice and keep it aside.

Beat eggs well until frothy.(I used electric beater)

Add sugar little by little and beat till sugar dissolves.

Add vanilla essence.

Then slowly add 1 cup of oil and beat it well.

Fold in flour gently until well incorporated.

Then mix in grated carrot and chopped walnuts.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degree C or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.


I halved the above recipe and I got 4 cupcakes and the cake below(5 "x 2 ")

Have a look at my small OTG oven in which I bake my cakes and cookies and is just perfect for my family

How to make carrot cake
My oven took 22 minutes to bake this cake - 20 minutes bottom coil and 2 minutes top coil

What are you waiting for - bake a healthy carrot cake for your family this Christmas and I am sure you will not regret it.

Check out our Christmas Special recipes and more cakes and biscuits recipes

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, until then it is bye from Padhu of


  1. Very yummy cake...looks delicious

  2. awesome cake...........perfctly done

  3. Delicious cake!

    Is that a ever-silver tiffin box in the last picture? :) or its a baking pan?

  4. Carrot cake looks super spongy..

  5. Dear Magi
    It is not ever silver box but it is an aluminum box which I got for making ice cream .

  6. One of my fav flavor loved ur preparation n beautifully presented...

  7. I can imagine the aroma carrot-cinnamon must have created after this cake baked!
    Seeing this is inspiring me to make a carrot cake too! :)

  8. A perfectly baked cake. Love your presentation.

  9. Tried this one out during the weekend .. came out very very well , a super tasty cake :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Made a mention of your recipe in my blog - please feel free to read

  10. HI mam
    i tried this recipe it came out very well... this is the first time i made cakes it cames really good and the taste is awesome
    thank u for the recipe

  11. what brand of OTG are u using?very nice cake...

  12. What you are seeing in the picture is a very small OTG oven (Smart Chef) which bakes very less quantity.So now I have shifted to Morphy Richards OTG 18 ltrs. It is very good.

  13. I am Veni Singh from South Africa. I have recently baked a carrot cake with a Cream Cheese topping. Try it, it is very tasty

    250g Tub of Cream Cheese
    (or Plain smooth Cottage Cheese)
    250ml Icing Sugar (or more if you want it sweeter)

    beat both the ingredients until it is of a smooth consistency.


  14. Hi ....ncan this cake be made without eggs? If so Wat should be substituted ?

  15. i have made it came out very well.adding that cinnamon powder gives the different aroma.delicious and very nice.thanks a lot.please let me know which flavoured cream is suitable for topping.

  16. i have made it came out very well.adding cinnamon powder gives different aroma.very delicious and nice. thanks a lot.please let me know which flavoured cream is suitable for topping.

  17. looks yummy, mouthwatering and delicious. I am pretty new to baking. If this has to be made in a microwave then at what temperature has it to be baked and for how long? and how long do you preheat the oven and at what temperature? looking forward to bake this cake for my daughters!!

  18. I do not know about microwave .In oven you have to preheat (180 degree C)for 15 minutes. Then you have to bake at 180 degree C for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Go ahead and try this cake .It tastes great.

  19. Hello, Padhu...
    Can this be made using pressure cooker??

  20. Tried this cake just now...and it came out amazingly well....considering the fact that i am a 1st time baker!! I used the red variety of carrot that is available in winters....but the carrot gratings were not visible in the it normal or shd i used bigger gratings next time? i used the same temperatures uve mentioned i above in the microwave too!! thanx a ton!!

  21. i dont have a standard otg.. but have a microwave.. can i cook the cake in microwave convection mode with same timings? or can i cook the same cake in the cooker?pls help..i really wanna cook this delicious looking carrot cake for my family..

  22. You can cook the cake in microwave convection mode but I do not know if the same timings will work out as I do not have a microwave. You can bake this cake in cooker also following the same method I have followed in my Vanilla cake in Pressure cooker

  23. thanx a ton.. i am going to try your carrot cake next.. btw i tried the cooker vanilla cake..superb!!!

  24. thanx a ton. i tried your cooker vanilla cake and it turned out yum yum.. i am now aiming at carrot cake.. but trying all this out has surely increased my calories intake many folds!!!btw do u have a gujia recipe to be made on holi???

  25. Hi padhu...your blog is really helpful ....I love planning to buy counter top convection oven...Do you have any idea which counter top convection oven would be good for baking cakes,pizza,puff etc..

  26. Deepa Suresh - Glad to know that you found my blog helpful. Actually I feel OTG is best for baking. This is my personal opinion. I have Morphy Richards OTG oven 18lt for more than a year and it has not given me any problem so far. I suggest that you go to you will find reviews of people who have used the product which will help you decide what oven to purchase.

  27. Hi padhu,
    Please let me know which coil should be heated up for baking mode - cake, pizza, bread. And, which coils to be heated for tikkas.i am having tough time with my otg. Please help me.

    1. Each oven differs. Kindly refer the instruction manual you got along with the oven.

    2. Please let me know the settings for your OTG. As i do not have manual for my OTG. I have knob to select - top, bottom , and both options. Also , i have top , bottom, both for rotisserri function. Thanks.

    3. Use the bottom coil alone for baking. But when you find the top of the cake not cooked properly, you can use top coil just for 2-3 minutes in the end.Keep a watch when using the the top coil as it might burn the cake.(I have written below the last picture- kindly check that)

  28. hi padhu,
    Thanks a lot. My cake was very good with your tips. Thanks.

  29. I have a convection oven.. How do I use it to make this cake?

  30. Hi Padhu,
    Great recipe, lovely pictures and yummy looking cake!!!
    I have a question though, I have a convection microwave, but usually prefer to use the pressure cooker. In fact, I stumbled upon this post while looking for a recipe for how to make a cake in a pressure, is it possible to make this cake in the pressure cooker?
    And secondly, when making a cake in pressure cooker, should we use water at the bottom or salt/sand? Why?

    1. Thank you Rashmi. You can bake any cake or cookies in a pressure cooker.
      You can use sand or salt at the bottom of the cooker. The sand when heated produces heat which cooks the cake.

  31. Hi Padhu
    I tried your carrot cake today as I Was excited to experiment in my new OTG Murphy Richards 18ltrs same as yours but the cake was not baked according to the said took roughly 40 mins..I baked In the middle rack..timing temperature everything was done according to your recipe...pls help me with time settings

    1. It might vary depending on the pan used. The best way to check if the cake is cooked is using the toothpick - insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, you cake is done.

  32. Hey Padhu, still mulling over your recipe.... Should I or should I dilemma... Which kind of carrot shal I use, the red which is abundant in the winter or the insipid looking orange ones. Please help with my predicament.. Thanks.


    1. Use orange carrot. I have used only that for making this cake.

  33. Hii this is amazing. I hav a question. Wat happens if v substitute wheat flour instead of maida

    1. Yes, you can substitute wheat flour instead of maida. In that case, the cake will be moist and dense. If you do not want the cake to be too dense,you can use half wheat flour and half maida.

  34. hi padhu

    thanks for your receipe. i prepared it was too good

  35. Hi,
    Can you please tell what is the substitute for eggs are my mother does not eat egg in cakw.

  36. Hey padhu! Tried this today and was really yummy... thk u..

  37. Hallow..just awesome.really this is good for health and very much tasty.i have made it came out very well.adding cinnamon powder gives different aroma.very delicious and nice. thanks a lot.please let me know which flavoured cream is suitable for lot of thanks for sharing this.

  38. Hi Padhu,

    I have tried the baking of carrot cake as per the measurement given in your blog....the cake has baked very well....but it tastes strange ....i don't know whether its due to 1 1/2 tspoon of cinnamin powder used or due to 1 1/2 tspoon of baking powder.

    Please suggest.

    1. Avoid using old stock baking powder. If you do not like the taste of cinnamon, you can reduce it.


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