Nancy’s Carrot Cake


Highlights from this tutorial.

1. Baking the cake

There’s quite a bit of prep in getting everything ready, but once you’re prepared it’s very quick to put everything together.

TIP: Make sure you have pre-heated the oven

After 1 hr and 20 mins the cake is ready. Depending on your depth and size of tin as well as the temp you bake at your timings may vary.

2. Paul Hollywood’s - cream cheese frosting

In this lesson you’ll need:

50g butter

200g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

100g icing sugar

Zest from one orange

3. Nigella Lawson’s - cream cheese frosting

In this lesson you’ll need:

175g butter

200g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

215g icing sugar

4. Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking - cream cheese frosting

120g butter

480g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

300g icing sugar

Vanilla essence

5. Putting them together

To finish Paul and Nancy apply the cream and add decorations.  

6. Taste test

Paul and Nancy taste all 3 finished toppings and give their verdict on which one they think is best.

Learn how to make carrot cake with Nancy Bradford (Paul's Mum)...

In this week's tutorial, Paul's Mum Nancy teaches us how to make her fantastic carrot cake!

Nancy first shows us how to make the carrot cake before testing out 3 different cream cheese topping recipes and giving her verdict on the best from...

  • Paul Hollywood
  • Nigella Lawson
  • and Gemma's Big Bolder Baking

This is a fun-filled tutorial, perfect for fans of baking and those looking to discover the best type of cream cheese toppings.

In the following tutorial, you will learn...

  • How to bake an incredibly flavoursome carrot cake.
  • Paul Hollywood's cream cheese frosting recipe
  • Nigella Lawson's cream cheese frosting recipe
  • Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking cream cheese frosting recipe
  • and much, much more.


Don't forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and rest of the Sugarcraft community on our Facebook group.

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members' cake showcase.


Carrot cake with Nancy downloadable tools and ingredients

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Ingredients for 2x 8” Round cakes (2.5″ depth)

Pre-heat oven to 170C for 1hr 20mins (fan assisted) – adjust depending of cake size and oven type

Mix up until all mixed through

650 ml vegetable oil

1.5 lbs sugar

8 eggs

1.5 lbs plain flour

Sift then add

2 tspn salt

0.5 tspn nutmeg

1 tspn baking powder

1 tspn all spice

4 tspn baking soda (bi-carbonate)

4 tspn ground cloves

6 tspn cinnamon

1.5 lbs grated carrots (grate in a processor)

Cream Cheese Frosting…

Paul Hollywood

50g butter

200g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

100g icing sugar

Zest from one orange

Nigella Lawson

175g butter

200g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

215g icing sugar

Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking

120g butter

480g philadelphia cheese (full fat)

300g icing sugar

Vanilla essence



Cooling tray


Greaseproof paper

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 195,000+ students.  


  1. candy1

    OMG I just love carrot cake and have to confess my mouth was watering watching you and your mum sampling the cakes, please thank her for sharing her recipe with us!

  2. Grisel Borgos

    Awesome to meet your mum. She’s so cute! Thank you for sharing your carrot cake recipe mum! I want to mention that when you add any kind of zest to the cream cheese frosting the moisture from the zest will make the frosting softer. I cant wait to try this recipe. Thanks Paul for having your mum with us!

  3. loveitcakes

    Great seeing Nancy and look forward to giving this ago next week for my daughters birthday. Hope your mum comes back with more recipes.

  4. Trish

    Awww you and your mum are so sweet baking together! I can’t wait to try this recipe for my husband, as this is his favorite. And YES, mum needs to do a tutorial by herself. I’m sure she would be fine!

  5. lovetodance56

    After watching your lovely mum make the carrot cake I had to give it a try (having never made carrot cake before). My work colleagues and family members were blown away by it! Thank you so much!

  6. katrina50

    Nancy, Thank you so much for this recipe. I had to make carrot cake cupcakes the week the tutorial was released so I made half the mixture and the cupcakes were terrific. I had tried other recipes and they never seemed to work. I made orange flavoured buttercream with a hint of nutmeg and it was as good as cream cheese !!!

  7. Margherita Ferrara

    Paul you are so lucky to live these moments with you mother. The best !
    Nancy you are so beautiful, i hope to see you one more time so we can make some italian/english cake….ahahhahahahah…
    big kiss to both

    • T.L.C CAKES (Tammy)

      Hello =) ….. was wondering if moms recipe ( using normal buttercream flavoured with a cream cheese essence ) would hold up to fondant as would like to make this for a wedding coming up. thank you in advance =)

  8. T.L.C CAKES (Tammy)

    Would just like to say thank you. Moms recipe has converted another non-carrot cake eater. I used this recipe for a 6″ top tier on a wedding cake and it went over a storm. Whilst making it, I had trimmed off the top to level and my hubsand walked past. He said he wasnt a fun, but would try it. He loves it. Have had to make him his own lol. Thank you so much. Not only is the recipe very simple to follow and make, it taste a dream =)

  9. Bobo2016

    Hi everyone,didn’t know I could see these comments till now?
    I am blown away by all the lovely comments and so glad everyone liked the Carrot Cake?
    Thank you so much.Pauls mum Nancy. xxx


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