Spring desserts: Carrot cake

Spring desserts carrot cake done

Spring desserts: Carrot cake

We are back with another delicious recipe that is perfect for the spring season. Make this tasty carrot cake with your pupils or encourage them to make it at home. Follow this spring desserts carrot cake step-by-step recipe to create an amazing treat for children and yourself.



  • 230ml vegetable oil and some for greasing a tin
  • 100g natural yoghurt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 265g self-raising flour
  • 335g light muscovado sugar (or can use caster sugar for a fluffier, lighter cake like this one)
  • 2 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ fresh nutmeg finely grated
  • 265g carrots grated
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g walnuts (optional)
  • 100g salted butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g soft cheese


How to create an amazing carrot cake:


Step one:

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Oil and line the base and sides of two cake tins with baking paper.


Step two

Grab a large mixing bowl and whisk the oil, yoghurt, eggs and vanilla. Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into the mixture. Crumble any lumps of sugar with your hands. Shake the bowl to bring any lumps to the top.


Step three

Add the carrots, raisins and half of the nuts if you are using them. Mix well with a wooden spoon to create a cake mixture. Divide the mixture evenly amongst the two tins.


carrot cake mixture spring desserts

Step four

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer placed into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If any mixture appears on the skewer, pop back in the oven for a further 5 minutes. Once baked, leave to cool for a few minutes.


Step five

To make the icing, beat the butter and icing sugar together until smooth. Add half of the soft cheese and beat again. Add the rest of the soft cheese to prevent the icing from splitting.


Icing done for carrot cake

Step six

Take the cakes out of the tins and put together with half of the icing in the middle. Top with the remaining icing and scatter the rest of the nuts (if using). If you’re not eating it all straight away, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Why not try serve with custard or ice cream for a tasty twist? You can also add other fruit in with this recipe such as orange to make this carrot cake different.


carrot cake baked ready for icing
Spring desserts carrot cake with icing served


 Follow these simple steps to create a perfect spring carrot cake. Tuck into one with your class and encourage pupils to take or bake this at home. This is one of the best spring desserts for children to make as they can create this together or with a loved one.

Want some more spring desserts to inspire children to bake? Check out our tasty Easter egg cookies that can still be made with leftover easter eggs (if there’s any) or just with milk chocolate and white chocolate chips!

Look at for another delicious spring recipe coming soon before we head into summer.

Show us your spring baking on our Facebook or Instagram we would love to see them.


Spring desserts carrot cake done
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Amber Vaccianna

Hope blog writer

17 April 2023

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