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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 39 Others have said

  • Made this today. Really easy and shared it with friends, who all said it was delicious. Have to agree it was.

    Posted by YdniL on 10th May 2019
  • I’ve made this cake twice now and it is an absolute winner every time! The added ginger gives me a warm and comforting feeling when I eat the cake. Exactly what you want from a home baked cake! The icing is delicious! I am sure this is a recipe that I am still going to make countless more times.

    Posted by Jolandi on 6th April 2019
  • I made this at the weekend, as my husband loves carrot cake. This was the best ever! Lovely, moist, tender sponge, with intriguing ginger nuggets in every bite. I had no fresh ginger to make the juice for the topping, so used a splash of valencia orange extract, it worked a treat!

    Posted by Jacshall62 on 27th March 2019
  • This cake tasted AMAZING! The squeezed ginger juice in the icing was a brilliant touch! Really moist cake. I did sub half the plain flour with organic spelt flour, but don’t think this altered the end result. Absolutely beautiful carrot cake. My sister has already booked one when she next visits.

    Posted by Sugarplummuffin on 24th March 2019
  • Your Walnut, Ginger and Carrot Cake has become a complete favourite with family, friends and clients at La Finca. Thank you Nigella - we wouldn't change a thing!

    Posted by -Bumble- on 23rd March 2019
  • I didn't use any candied ginger because didn't have it at hand and replaced 30g of flour with porridge oats. Perfect!

    Posted by prashansa on 17th February 2019
  • What a wonderful, delicious cake! My guests loved it. Will definitely make it again. Not too sweet, nice moist cake and a very tasty icing. Mjom mjom!

    Posted by Passionfood on 28th January 2019
  • My hubby does not like ginger so I used orange peel, cardamon and juice of a orange. He loved it and I have to say it's not bad, nice and moist

    Posted by bunny1965 on 23rd December 2018
  • 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
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