Spiced carrot cake squares Recipe

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These mini carrot cake squares are packed with delicious ingredients like mixed spince, bananas and walnuts and topped with cream cheese and orange rind.


  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 150g (5oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 100g (4oz) carrots, grated
  • 75g (3oz) walnuts, chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150ml (¼ pt) corn or sunflower oil
  • 300g tub Philadelphia soft cheese
  • 30ml (2tbsp) caster sugar
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 15ml (1tbsp) fresh orange juice
  • Shredded orange rind, to decorate


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Lightly grease an 18 x 27cm (7 x 10½ in) tin and line with non-stick baking parchment.

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, carrots, walnuts and banana. Add the eggs and oil, and beat until blended.

  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 40 mins until firm – a skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean. Turn out on to a cooling rack and remove the lining paper. Leave to cool completely.

  • To make the icing place the cheese, sugar, orange rind and juice in a bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread over the cake and swirl with the back of a spoon. Decorate with orange rind and cut into squares.

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<strong>Top tip:</strong> For extra spice, try adding a cinnamon stick to the mix.