Easy To Make Jamaican Carrot Cake Recipe || 5 Amazing Health Benefits of It

The Jamaican carrot cake recipe is one of the most popular Jamaican dessert recipes. This cake is composed of crushed walnuts, grated carrots, and raisins. The main difference with this cake recipe is that it uses a whole cup of oil, and its dry ingredients are mixed to form a moist batter.

This Jamaican carrot cake recipe is a delicious, moist, spiced, and slightly tropical twist on an old classic. Traditionally, carrot cake is served with cream cheese frosting, but this recipe uses a tangy pineapple curd perfect for the warm weather.

The cake is made using grated carrots or finely chopped carrot tops (they are used the same way you would shredded carrots). Lightly oiled baking paper is used to ensure easy removal from the pan.

How to make a Jamaican carrot cake recipe?

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Baking Time: 40 minutes

Serving: 14-18 servings

Jamaican Carrot Cake Recipe

Ingredients for Jamaican carrot cake recipe:

  • 3 cups raw carrots, shredded
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 100 g (3 ½ oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour/maida
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ¼ cup crushed walnuts
  • 3/4 nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions for Jamaican carrot cake recipe:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease two 9-inch springform pans.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the shredded carrots, sugar, and eggs and whisk thoroughly until it’s lighter in color. Set aside and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.

Step 3: In the same bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder, and salt. While continuing to whisk, gently add oil in small amounts until all lumps are broken apart. Then sift in the baking soda.

Jamaican Carrot Cake Recipe

Step 4: Add the walnuts and raisins to the carrot mixture. Stir well. Pour it into cake pans and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before removing it from the pans.

Step 5: Remove the outer pan and flip it upside down on a large cutting board. Cut the cake into layers and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Nutrition Facts of Jamaican carrot cake recipe

Calories639 kcal
Carbohydrates74 g
Proteins7 g
Fat49 g
Cholesterol119 mg
Sodium691 mg

Notes on Jamaican carrot cake recipe:

➤ If you’re using freshly grated carrots, you will notice a few drops of carrot juice in the bottom of the pan. Pour it out and continue with step 2.

➤ You will notice that there is a lot of oil used in this recipe, but remember that this cake is composed primarily of grated carrots with no natural fat.

➤ You may also have noticed that this cake uses more eggs than other carrot cakes. Traditionally, fewer eggs are used as the mixture is supposed to be thick. However, I am of the opinion that more eggs should be used here as this cake will not be completely baked in the oven if there is not enough egg.

I use very few spices here because I like the taste of carrot cake, and so do most of my guests.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Jamaican carrot cake recipe

1. Vitamins and Minerals

Carrot cake is a good source of Vitamin A, K, Beta-carotene, and Potassium.

2. Antioxidant Properties

Beta-carotene and vitamin A found in carrots protect our bodies from free radicals which cause cancer. This is one of the reasons why the carrot cake recipe is often recommended as part of an anti-aging diet.

3. Good for Bones

Carrots are a good source of Vitamin K, which is crucial for bone health and the prevention of fractures.

4. Healthy Hair and Skin

Vitamin A promotes healthy hair, protects skin against wrinkles, and is important for healthy eyesight. Although carrots don’t contain as much Vitamin A as liver, they are a great supplement to your diet if you want to strengthen your immune system to fight diseases such as the common cold.

5. Healthy Heart

Beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrots have anti-clotting and anti-clogging effects, which help prevent heart diseases. Good heart health is crucial for a healthy life. 

The oil in the carrot cake recipe helps absorb Vitamin A because oil can help our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins better than water.  

How long can the Jamaican carrot cake recipe be stored?

You can store the carrot cake recipe in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 7 days or freeze it for up to 1 month. You can also freeze the pineapple curd for up to 1 month. Cover it with plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container.

Is it possible to make a Jamaican carrot cake recipe from scratch?

Yes, it’s very easy. Using this recipe, you can easily bake your own Jamaican carrot cake recipe.

Why do you use oil instead of butter in carrot cake?

Carrot cake is a very moist cake, and butter tends to absorb oil while baking. Using oil instead of butter makes it easier for the cake to bake without getting soggy.

Can you freeze the Jamaican carrot cake recipe?

Yes, you can. Let the carrot cake cool completely. Take out all the ingredients and wrap them tightly in aluminum foil and then freeze for at least 2 weeks before serving it. 

What is carrot cake icing made of?

Carrot cake icing is sweetened whipped cream garnished with toasted walnuts.

What’s the difference between carrot cake and carrot muffin?

Carrot muffin is made from freshly grated carrots and is not as sweet. Whichever you choose – make sure that you use freshly grated carrots. Also, when you make a carrot cake recipe, pay attention to the number of eggs or the ratio of ingredients (e.g., the ratio of carrot to eggs), as the cake might result in a soggy cake if the eggs are not enough.

Can I use other fruits in place of pineapple in Jamaican carrot cake recipe?

Yes, you can. You can make this Jamaican carrot cake recipe using mashed banana, fresh strawberries, or any other fruit you like.

Does traditional carrot cake have raisins?

Yes, it does. If you don’t like raisins or any other dried fruit in your carrot cake, you can leave them out of the recipe and make your carrot cake without them.


This Jamaican carrot cake recipe is a beautiful and delicious dessert I like to make for special occasions. Unlike many other recipes, this cake is moister with a hint of pineapple. The oil in the recipe makes the cake easier to bake and more flavorful.

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