Carrot Cake with Chocolate

Vegetables in cakes.

This recipe if from Donna Hay‘s book ‘Fresh and Light’.

Basics: Carrot, courgette, egg, brown sugar, self raising flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, olive oil, cinnamon and white sugar.


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 55 mins

Author: Donna Hay
Recipe type: Desserts & Sweets
Serves: 12


  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 150g self-raising whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 135g brown sugar
  • 55g sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 360g grated carrot (about 3 carrots)
  • 180g grated courgette (about 2 small courgettes)

To make the chocolate ganache:

  • 170 gr of cooking chocolate
  • 1 cup of milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  2. Place the flours, baking powder, sugars and cinnamon in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs and oil and add to the dry ingredients with the carrot and courgette. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased round cake tin lined with nonstick baking paper.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  6. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, turn out on to a wire rack and cool.


To make the chocolate ganache:

  1. Place the chocolate into a small sauce pan over low heat and add the chocolate.
  2. Whisk until the chocolate is all dissolved.
  3. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake.
  4. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. 

Or if you prefer Donna Hay’s cream cheese frosting: place the cream cheese, agave syrup and lemon rind in a food processor and process until smooth. Using a palette knife, spread the icing over the cooled cake to serve.

It’s ALMOST healthy… the vegetables do count, right?


Lovely with a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon.

What do you think? If you try this one please share a photo with us tagging #honestonion.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna Hay can do no wrong! This looks beautiful!


    1. honestonion says:

      Thank you @ChristinaWithCaramel. Indeed, Donna Hay’s recipes are so easy to make and delicious. We love her! xx


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