Carrot and zucchini cake

Carrot and zucchini cake

20 mins
Cooking time
50 mins
Ian Hofstetter

Cakes freeze well. Allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping firmly, whole or in serving portions, in plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag. Seal (making sure all the air is expelled), label and freeze. Your cake will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Quantity Ingredient
spray oil
1 1/4 cups self-raising flour
1 1/4 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 cup sultanas
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup orange juice
2 eggs
low-fat vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)

Orange icing

Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 orange, zested


  1. Preheat the oven to moderate, 180ºC. Spray a 10 x 20 cm loaf pan with oil and dust with flour, shaking out any excess.
  2. Sift the flours, spice and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl, returning any husks into the mix. Add the grated carrot and zucchini, the sultanas and pecans, and stir until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the milk, orange juice and eggs and gently fold them into the dry ingredients. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45–50 minutes until cooked when tested. Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. To make the orange icing, combine the icing sugar and orange juice in a large mixing bowl and stir well until smooth. Spread over the cooled cake. Use a zester or very sharp knife to cut a long ribbon of orange peel, taking care not to include any of the bitter white pith. Cut into fine shreds and use to garnish the cake.
  6. Serve on its own or with ice cream. You can store this cake in an airtight container after cooling – it also freezes well.


  • –Use lemon instead of orange for a delicious lemon cake.

    –This cake could also become a berry and nut cake by replacing the zucchini and carrot with 1 cup of frozen mixed berries.
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