Swiss carrot cake

A light, moist, flavourful carrot cake from the Swiss canton of Aargau, which contains no oil or butter, and no flour. Low fat, dairy free, gluten free.

It’s practically health food!

carrot cake final

Makes a 24cm (10″) cake – serves 12
Preparation: about 30 minutes
Baking: 50 minutes
Plus: cooling, and time for the icing to set


250g (1 1/4 cups) granulated white sugar
5 eggs, separated
2 Tbsp warm water
1 organic lemon, zest and juice
80g (5/8 cup) cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
250g (2 1/2 cups) ground almonds
250g (9oz) very finely grated carrots
pinch salt

300g (2 1/3 cups) icing sugar
2 – 3 Tbsp lemon juice (or water, if you don’t want it so lemony)

marzipan carrots for decoration


Preheat oven to 180°C / 360°F / Gas mark 4 and place a rack in the lower third. Line, spray or grease a 24cm (10″) round, springform cake tin.

Whisk the sugar, egg yolks and warm water in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add the lemon zest and juice, cornstarch, baking powder, ground almonds and grated carrots. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt to firm peaks. Fold into the carrot mixture with a spatula until you have a smooth, light batter.

Pour mixture into prepared cake tin.

Bake for 50 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Remove from oven, run a fine knife or plastic spatula around the edge to loosen the cake and allow to cool for a few minutes. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Mix enough lemon juice or water into the icing sugar as needed to create a thick but pourable icing. Pour over cake and spread with a spatula.

Decorate the cake with marzipan carrots before the icing sets.

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8 Responses to Swiss carrot cake

  1. Antonia says:

    What a beautiful cake! I love that it is lowfat!

  2. missemzyy says:

    Beautiful photo! The perfect Easter treat! 🙂

  3. aussiebaker says:

    Mmm yumm, carrot cake is one of my favorites (:

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