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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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What 25 Others have said

  • 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
  • I did the gluten free version as per Nigella's suggestion and it was probably best gluten free cake I have made. Very moist. I did the icing without the ginger but added a little vanilla and lemon juice as I didn't want to over emphasise the ginger. The ginger in the cake was just right.

    Posted by Love44simple22designs on 23rd February 2018
  • I have made this cake with some substitutes. My version for gluten free included almond flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil. I also used very thin shredded carrot. For everything else I stuck to the recipe and it was WONDERFUL ! So for those who are gluten free, it is an excellent option! Yummy :)

    Posted by Tali1953 on 19th January 2018
  • I think I'm getting sick of cooking this cake but everyone loves it. I do find the cooking time is longer in my oven and I always get a bit worried it has gone wrong but be patient, WAIT then it's ready and it tastes great.

    Posted by Nanafluff on 3rd January 2018
  • I don't what to say about this! I made it on New Years Eve and it was just marvelous. The moist and softness and flavor of this cake with frosting on top... Amazing. There is a reason why I love Nigella and this receipe is one of them! I've always said that Starbucks had the best carrot cake and no one can top that, but Nigella did it with this one! I did left out the crystallised ginger though. I like the flavour that ginger gives this cake but those pieces would've made it too much, but now I'm considering to add it the next time! Perfect recipe from the first untill the last piece!

    Posted by AmmanJoel on 6th January 2018
  • Made this cake over Christmas as I was recovering from a chest infection. Apart from the homemade cranberry sauce it was the only food I enjoyed. Very easy to make and will no doubt make it again n again.

    Posted by Linnee on 31st December 2017
  • Love this recipe! I've made it three times already, and a fourth time tonight on Christmas Eve, ready for Christmas Day. For someone who was never much of a baker, this recipe is so easy, and the cake is so delicious! Love sharing it with others!

    Posted by trekchick26 on 24th December 2017
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