Carrot Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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with Sheila Jones
Skill level: Easy
HD Lessons: 1
Decorating time: 3 hrs
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1. Main Lesson

 Follow the method below in conjunction with the video:


  • Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Line the side and base of the cake tins with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
  • Preheat oven to 160C. (An oven thermometer will confirm this)
  • Place the sugar in a mixing bowl, pour in the vegetable oil and beat together till thoroughly mixed in.
  • Break eggs into a measuring jug and lightly beat together with a fork.
  • Pour eggs slowly into mixture and beat well.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl and add the bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice or cinnamon.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in half the bowl of flour mixture and half the carrots till just combined and no more.
  • Add remaining flour and carrots and gently fold in till just mixed in.
  • Fold in the pecan nuts.
  • Divide mixture equally between the two cake tins and smooth out till level with a cranked handle spatula.
  • Place both cake tins in the oven, one on each shelf.
  • Bake for approximately 40 – 50 minutes depending on your oven.  Do not open the oven before this time.
  • To check if baked properly, push a thin skewer or cocktail stick into the centre of each cake.  If the skewer is clean when removed, the cake is baked.
  • Leave the cakes in their tins to cool down for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cakes from the tins and place on a wire cooling tray till cold.
  • Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours till ready to use.
  • Layer with a filling of your choice.  We like lemon buttercream or a naughty cream cheese filling!


This week special guest baking tutor Mrs Jones – Passion in the Baking teaches how to make a gorgeous Carrot cake that tastes delicious!

Mrs Jones mentions that the quantities make two 8? round cakes, but they are shallow cakes. Need to bake a different size? Use our Cake Recipe Re-Calculator, find the Banana recipe then select your new bake size.



Sheila Jones

Sheila Jones

Taught by her Mum to bake, many of you will recognise Mrs Jones as our expert baker. She is also an accomplished cake decorator. As a former nurse and midwife, Sheila has turned her passion for creating delicious, elegant, bespoke cakes into a very successful business. Over the years, Sheila's baking skills have been consolidated by achieving a professional diploma of PME Masterclass Certificates in Sugarcraft, Sugar Flowers Royal Icing and Piping, and she has worked with the very best of cake decorators in the country. She is Chair of the Glasgow Branch for the British Sugarcraft Guild, a member of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers and a founding member of the Glasgow Baking Club. You will all recognise her as the baking expert on our online tutorials. It was one of her students who said that 'Mrs Jones' kitchen is where we bake, learn, laugh and indulge'.
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