Walnut Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This lovely cake is a treat for the senses – notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and walnut will waft through your kitchen as it bakes and then the vanilla cream cheese icing will leave you wanting more well after the last crumb has gone!

20 mins
65 mins


Carrot Cake
  1. 3 cups coarsely grated carrot, firmly packed
  2. 2 cups EQUAL SPOONFUL
  3. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. 3 eggs, separated
  5. 3/4 cup milk
  6. 1 tbsp golden syrup
  7. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  8. 2 cups plain flour
  9. 1½ tsp baking powder
  10. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  11. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  12. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  13. 1 tsp mixed spice
  14. ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  15. ½ cup sultanas, roughly chopped
  16. Extra 1¼ cups finely chopped walnuts, to decorate
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. 1 tbsp milk
  3. 250g block cream cheese, chopped
  4. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste

Method - Carrot Cake

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 20cm round cake tin with cooking oil spray and line base and sides with baking paper. Place carrot, Equal Spoonful, oil, egg yolks, milk, golden syrup and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix with a spatula until combined.

  2. Step 2

    In a separate large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices. Make a well in the centre and pour in carrot mixture. Gently stir until well combined, then stir in walnuts and sultanas. Put eggwhites in a large bowl and beat until stiff peaks form, then fold into batter in 2 batches.

  3. Step 3

    Spoon batter into prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour 5 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Method - Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Step 1

    To make icing, place milk and Equal Spoonful in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Put cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high, using paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Add milk and Equal mixture and vanilla, beat on low until combined, then increase speed to high and beat until fluffy.

  2. Step 2

    Spoon icing on cake and spread to coat top. Decorate with extra walnuts. Serve.

This recipe is thanks to our friends at Equal. Click here to see the original recipe and discover more healthier baking recipes.