The Ultimate Low-Fat Moist Carrot Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

I made this cake by Delia Smith a couple of days ago and it is absolutely fabulous. I am not the world's most experienced baker but it was moist and had the perfect texture. I was quite proud of myself!! I prefer my carrot cakes without topping so I haven't tried it. Oh, and don't leave out the syrup glaze. I almost decided not to bother with it but I am so glad I added it. It gives the cake a lovely citrussy tang. Yum!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. You will need a non-stick baking tin measuring 25.5cm x 15cm (10 x 6 inches) and 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep, the base lined with greaseproof paper.
  2. Preheat oven to gas mark 3, 325ºF, 170ºC.
  3. Begin by whisking the sugar, eggs and oil together in a bowl using an electric hand whisk for 2-3 minutes. Then sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the mixed spice into the bowl, tipping in all the bits of bran that are left in the sieve.
  4. Now stir all this together and then fold in the orange zest, carrots and sultanas.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until it is well risen and feels firm and springy to the touch when lightly pressed in the centre.
  6. While the cake is cooking, make the topping by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy, then cover with clingfilm and chill for 1-2 hours or until needed.
  7. Now you need to make the syrup glaze, and to do this whisk together the fruit juices and sugar in a bowl. When the cake comes out of the oven, stab it all over with a skewer and quickly spoon the syrup over as evenly as possible.
  8. Leave the cake on one side to cool in the tin, during which time the syrup will be absorbed.
  9. Then, when the cake is completely cold, remove from the tin. spread the topping over, cut into 12 squares and dust with a little more cinnamon.