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Hi Rosie,

Carrot cake has always been one of my favorite probably because it's incredibly simple to bake and yet look stylish enough to impress everyone. I've made carrot cakes using vegetable oil a couple of times for Easter bake sale, and also gave them to some friends who really enjoy "healthier" cakes.

This easy olive oil carrot cake recipe yields a nice soft moist texture and an enticing melt-in-your-mouth quality. It has a perfect balance of natural sweetness from the carrots, and the luscious cream cheese frosting on top makes a simple cake supremely decadent-looking. Great to have for dessert or with your morning coffee.

If you want a stylish carrot cake to impress your guy, or want the cake to have more flavor and rich, consider adding exotic fruits such as crushed pineapple, raisins, mashed banana, shredded coconut or passion fruit pulp to the batter. Or, add a sprinkling of dried orange peel or lemon peel to the frosting.

I also found out by coincidence that rice bran oil also works well in this recipe. I didn't have enough olive oil to make two cakes so I went digging to see what I have in my pantry. I found an unopened bottle of Alfa One rice bran oil, and used it in place of olive oil. The results were better than I expected. Rice bran oil gave the cakes a delicate nutty flavor, and because of the oil's lighter texture, the cakes turned out perfect – very fresh, light and moist.

If you're not familiar with rice bran oil, it's the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of a rice grain. It's resilient at high temperature, which is great for stir-frying or wok cooking.

Note: you can any vegetable oil instead of olive oil as they don't make a huge difference in taste. Try grapeseed oil, safflower oil, or canola oil.

Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe


2½ cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup granulated fine sugar

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup olive oil

½ cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, or a combination of walnuts and pecans)


Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons sour cream

½ cup icing sugar


How to make olive oil carrot cake with cream cheese icing

1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a 12 inch square tin, or two 8-9 inch sandwich pan. Line the bottom with non-stick baking paper to prevent the cake from sticking to the base of the pan.


2.Sift plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk together, and set aside.


3. Beat eggs and sugars at medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Slowly pour in olive oil, milk and vanilla.


4. Reduce speed to low, and add dry ingredients. Beat for 1 minute, or until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.


5. Using a rubber spatula, fold in grated carrot and chopped walnuts or pecans.


6. Spoon batter into prepared cake pans, and spread it evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. If the cake top is browning too much, cover with aluminum foil.


7. Once the cake is ready, remove from oven and let it cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, Then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.


8. Frost cake and chill before serving. The cake will keep well for up to a week, when refrigerated.


How to make the cream cheese frosting

Place cream cheese, sour cream and icing sugar in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Spread it evenly over the top of your carrot cake.


By Kate Miller

I've just started learning how to bake cakes and have never actually made a cake using vegetable oil before. I remember watching a TV cooking show several months ago that showed how easy it was to bake carrot cake with olive oil. The cake looked amazingly delicious and I'd love to make it for my boyfriend for his birthday next week. There's only one problem. I didn't manage to write down the full olive oil carrot cake recipe but I think it called for grated carrots, eggs, and cream cheese in the frosting (icing). Please help me out with the rest of the ingredients. Thank you so much! – Rosie, Sydney.

olive oil carrot cake recipe