For the cake

200g/7oz gluten free self raising flour

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp fine sea salt

175g/6oz soft light brown sugar

2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

200ml/7fl oz vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing

200g/7oz carrots, peeled and coarsely grated

75g/2½oz crystallised ginger, finely chopped, plus extra for decorating

For the frosting

100g/3½oz unsalted lactose free butter, softened

100g/3½oz icing sugar, sieved if lumpy

1 tsp cornflour

100g/3½oz lactose free cream cheese

1 tbsp coarsely grated fresh ginger

Serves - 6


Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3½ and grease the sides and line the base of a 20cm/8in springform cake tin with gluten free baking paper.

Mix the gluten free flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and salt together in a bowl.

Beat the sugar, eggs and oil in another large bowl until they are completely mixed together, then gradually add the GF flour mixture.

At this stage the mixture may seem alarmingly stiff, but the carrots will loosen it up. Beat in the carrots and then fold in the crystallised ginger, until everything is evenly combined.

Spoon into the prepared tin. Don’t worry if it looks as if you haven’t got enough batter, as the cake will rise well as it bakes. Smooth the top and bake for 45–55 minutes.

When it’s ready, the cake will be set and golden-brown on top, beginning to shrink away from the edges of the tin and a cake tester will come out with just a few crumbs stuck to it. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool in its tin.

Meanwhile, to make the icing, beat the lactose free butter and icing sugar together and when combined, beat in the cornflour, followed by half the lactose free cream cheese.

Once that’s incorporated, beat in the remaining half. Be careful not to over-beat or the icing will get too runny.

Squeeze the juice from the grated ginger into the bowl and mix in, discard the ginger flesh. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge.

When the cake is completely cold, take the icing out of the fridge for about 20 minutes. Beat briefly to make sure it’s smooth.

Remove the cake from its tin and place on a plate or cake stand. Spread the frosting on top, swirling it a little, then sprinkle some chopped crystallised ginger on top.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food
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