Golden Carrot Cake with Carrot Halwa

Angela Nair


Our sunny South African climate sees an abundance of golden Carrots. Carrot cakes are very popular in this part of the world!
I make this carrot cake but as an added bonus I frost the cake and serve it with Carrot Halwa - a very popular Asian sweet meat.
I sometimes spread the halwa over the cake and then cover it with frosting - a lovely, sweet and delicious hidden surprise....


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6 - Depending on size - quantities may vary
1 Hr
40 Min


  • 180 g
    cake flour
  • 10 ml
    ground cinnamon
  • 8 ml
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 ml
    ground nutmeg
  • 3 ml
  • 750 ml
    grated carrots
  • 300 g
  • 250 ml
    cooking oil
  • 250 g
    walnuts chopped - for cake and icing
  • 3 large
    eggs - beaten
  • ·
    cream cheese frosting
  • 250 ml
    smooth cream cheese
  • 350 g
    icing sugar
  • 5 ml
    vanilla extract
  • 100 g
  • ·
    carrot halwa
  • 900 g
    grated carrots
  • 160 g
  • 500 ml
    full cream milk or 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk
  • 300 g
  • 65 ml
    toasted flaked almonds
  • 35 g
    raisins or sultanas (optional)
  • 5 ml
    ground cardamom

How to Make Golden Carrot Cake with Carrot Halwa


  1. CAKE: Sift together flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and sale. Set aside.
  2. Combine carrot, sugar, oil, walnuts and egg, mixing well.
    Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Turn mixture into a well greased and lined ring pan (bundt pan) - make sure the pan is well greased!

    Bake in preheated oven 180 degrees celsius or 375 degrees farenheit for 40 -45 minutes - until cake tester comes out clean and cake is done.
  4. CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: Beat cheese until smooth.
    Add butter and beat well. Add walnuts and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Gradually add icing sugar beating to desired consistency. Spread over cake. NOTE: Spread a bit of halwa on top of cake and then frost - you will then have a secret filling!
  5. CARROT HALWA: Melt butter in a thick bottom saucepan, add carrots and cook uncovered over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir all the time. Add milk, sugar, almonds, raisins and cardamom and keep stirring for about 20 minutes. Take care not to burn. Stir and cook until mixture is thick. Serve hot from pot with sprinkled almonds and small dollops of cream.

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About Golden Carrot Cake with Carrot Halwa

Course/Dish: Cakes Other Desserts
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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