Baking | Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting … my best one yet & a nice cake for Easter!

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”
Mae West

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone FrostingCarrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting …  a carrot cake doesn’t get better than this. I’ve made a few in the past. One from Ottolenghi, the Cookbook, and then another a few weeks ago with butter instead of oil. The one with butter was kind of OK. This one a few days ago was fabulous! Sang out loud you can say….

CarrotsA few days ago, my ‘almost good for nothing‘ gardener harvested the last bunch of carrots from my little patch. They were so pretty. I made a chicken, carrot and broccoli stir fried rice for the kids. Some were shared with labourers working in the area. I still had quite a few. I knew it was time for carrot cake.

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting The recipe I picked was the BBC Good Food ‘Yummy Scrummy Carrot Cake’ recipe. I adapted it slightly, and it turned out to be the best carrot cake ever … yummy scrummy too as they declare it to be. I’m not going to need another recipe for carrot cake again.

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting I substituted a few things. Skipped the raisins and threw in walnuts, used some whole wheat flour too. Changed the frosting entirely. Once again made the cardinal error of forgetting that the recipe said self raising flour. Forgot to add baking powder, and used just baking soda! Call it good fortune. I got the best cake ever!

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting Frosting? In the fridge was some leftover homemade mascarpone from the Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Gateau. I spiked the frosting with a teeny dash of  Grand Marnier {isn’t necessary though}. I also added a tbsp of homemade bitter kumquat marmalade to the whipped frosting.

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting I licked the bowl clean after I was done frosting … it was that good! To tie the flavours and colours together, I added slivers of walnuts {a nut slicer is quite handy here}, and snipped some candied orange over the top. Garnishing is the fun part, therapeutic too. I love the whimsical slivers of walnuts on the top,  and the contrast of the orange against the deep white mascarpone frosting.

Carrot Walnut Cake with Mascarpone Frosting Time for the taste test. as it was time for the teens to come in from school. Vegetables in a cake is always scary ground. I offered them a square each. It hit the spot with both. They had seconds, the lad thirds. Kept praising it.  I think it was the frosting that added to the appeal of the cake. It’s a nice Easter Carrot Cake! Simple too.

Media mention

As I go, I’d like to share a little feature about Passionate About Baking that The Crest Edition of  The Times of India carried yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself there as I flipped through the pages sipping my morning coffee. Thank you TOI!!

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Light, moist, full of flavour, this Carrot Walnut Cake is the best I’ve ever made. Walnuts, orange, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and whole wheat all give this great texture and taste! Adapted from BBC Good Food

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

  • Carrot Walnut Cake
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 140g grated carrots (about 3 medium)
  • grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 100g walnuts
  • 125g plain flour
  • 45g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Frosting
  • 100g low fat cream, chilled
  • 50g icing sugar {to taste}
  • 150g mascarpone, chilled
  • 1 tbsp bitter orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier {optional}
  • Sliced walnuts, candied orange peel etc for garnishing


  1. Carrot Cake
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line the base and sides of an 8″ square baking tin.
  3. Place the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Whisk with a wooden spoon until mixed.
  4. Add the oranges zest, carrots and walnuts. Whisk to mix.
  5. Add the baking soda, whisk again, and then add both flours. Mix until just blended and pour batter into baking tin
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes until done.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Frosting
  9. Place all ingredients in large bowl and whip until thick. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  10. Spread frosting over cake. Garnish with snipped candied orange peel, slivered walnuts etc.


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  • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Deeba for another press mention. The cake sounds gorgeous, this one I have to make..really soon. My carrots are still being uprooted a few at a time. Carrot cake with almonds meal has been my favorite till now.

  • 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.

    This cake is wonderful and very spring-like. The mascarpone frosting is awesome!



  • 4 years ago

    Truly a beautiful carrot cake! I have been talking about making a homemade carrot cake forever. I love that you made mascarpone frosting, I do not like cream cheese frosting. Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  • 4 years ago

    This looks awesome! I love carrot cake at Easter (well, any time really, but it seems extra good for Easter!)

  • 4 years ago

    This sounds just perfect – I may also try it with parsnip for a different twist – thanks Deeba for your always inspiring baking and beautiful photography!!!

  • 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photos! Those carrots are so picturesque. 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    I have been drooling a lot over carrot cakes in the past few days ( you know why) and now this one here with all that orange mascarpone frosting! I can happily devour a few squares!

    Congratulations on being featured in TOI, well deserved!

  • 4 years ago

    Drooling over the cake and bookmarked recipe 🙂

  • A perfect Easter cake. Sounds like one I should try.

  • Congrats on the well deserved feature, Deeba! Despite my obvious bias for BBC GF recipes, these lil cuties look great, and love the way how your tweaks brought nicer flavours, the frosting is bookmarked for my Sunday venture!

  • 4 years ago

    Carrot cake has always been a favourite of mine. Love trying different kind. I don’t use raisins either but like to add walnut for an extra flavour. Interesting that the frosting has Grand Marnier.

  • The mascapone and kumquat frosting sounds like an excellent partner to the carrot cake.

  • 4 years ago

    The Mae West quote is very cute.
    Love the pics and the addition of orange to the deep dark cake.

  • I love this carrot cake of yours. I particularly appreciate the frosting made with mascarpone. I’ll make this cake soon and I’ll let you know!

  • 4 years ago

    Those fresh carrot from your garden is just gorgeous, carrot cake specially the frosting is bliss to eyes and soul….I shall definitely try little splash of cointreau for carrot cake frosting next time!

  • Sharanya
    4 years ago

    Hi Deeba,

    Love your blog and the recipes.Looks so professional and tempting and want to try them…..just one problem though. We do not consume eggs so can u plz suggest a standard substitute for eggs in all your recipes?Would luv to hear from you soon.


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