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Ginger and Walnut Carrot Cake

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Introduction

This is very different from the richly sweet, loftily layered and aerated American original. While it is in some senses far more reminiscent of an old-fashioned, slightly rustic English teatime treat, it is, with its ginger-spiked cream cheese icing – only on top, not running through the middle as well – just right to bring to the table, in pudding guise, at the end of dinner, too. Before you chop the amber dice of crystallised ginger, rub the cubes between your fingers to remove excess sugar. Then chop them finely, though not obsessively so: you want small nuggets, not a jammy clump. And, for what it’s worth, I find it easier to crumble up the walnuts with my fingers, rather than chopping them on a board.

This is very different from the richly sweet, loftily layered and aerated American original. While it is in some senses far more reminiscent of an old-fashioned, slightly rustic English teatime treat, it is, with its ginger-spiked cream cheese icing – only on top, not running through the middle as well – just right to bring to the table, in pudding guise, at the end of dinner, too. Before you chop the amber dice of crystallised ginger, rub the cubes between your fingers to remove excess sugar. Then chop them finely, though not obsessively so: you want small nuggets, not a jammy clump. And, for what it’s worth, I find it easier to crumble up the walnuts with my fingers, rather than chopping them on a board.

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  • Love this cake! And everyone who has ever tasted it loves it too! I use stem ginger instead of crystallised and it works a treat - although I don't put it on top of the cake. Am making it tomorrow and actually can't wait!

    Posted by Janann29 on 8th December 2018
  • I have made this cake twice now since seeing it on BBC recently and my husband says its the best cake he has ever eaten (and he has eaten a lot!). I used pecans as I don't like walnuts and omitted the ginger on top as i'm not a great fan, but it was absolutely delicious. Top marks!

    Posted by Wonkeydonkey on 18th October 2018
  • Absolutely the best carrot cake I’ve ever tasted. I can’t keep my husband going. It’s amazing. Thank you nigella!

    Posted by bizzylizzy13 on 11th September 2018
  • I've made this cake about 5 times since I saw it a few months ago on Masterchef, swapped out the walnuts for pecans as I have and allergy to walnuts and use No Egg (egg replacer) also an allergy and it still tastes amazing. My partner requests it often, it beats the killer chocolate cake I make he tells me!

    Posted by Tina_Elle on 1st September 2018
  • Awesome cake. My family devoured this one

    Posted by Kalai83 on 9th July 2018
  • Made this wonderful cake with my usual gluten-free & dairy-free swaps. Absolutely delicious. Thank you

    Posted by JanieKb on 7th July 2018
  • Made it loved it !

    Posted by MariaIsaSarva on 16th June 2018
  • I have made this cake several times now, and when my husband asks me to make for our friends, it is something I really enjoy doing. The oh yum! we get from our friends proves how great this cake tastes.

    Posted by Grizzlybear on 6th June 2018
  • I saw Nigella cook this on Masterchef. I don't usually cook cakes because I only use a small bench top oven. But I tried this & followed recipe to a T. It came out beautiful & perfect. The best cake I have ever cooked (in 50 years). thank you, lovely lady, for giving us such treats.

    Posted by Casaberth on 1st June 2018
  • Your walnut, ginger and carrot cake is a winner with the whole family

    Posted by deathbeforedishonour on 28th May 2018
  • This cake is absolutely delicious! I made it according to your directions exactly including the crystallized ginger and my tea party attendees loved it! Though American carrot cake is not better than this one! Thank you Nigella Ru/ Arkansas, USA

    Posted by racapeell on 26th May 2018
  • A wonderful twist on the classic carrot cake. This is special enough to have as a celebration cake.

    Posted by BunnyMayfair on 12th March 2018
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