Carrot Cake Loaf Recipe With Mascarpone Frosting And No Nuts

a slice of carrot cake loaf on a cooling rack

Classic Carrot Cake In A Loaf Tin

This carrot cake loaf is super soft and moist, with enough spice aroma and sweetness that doesn’t kill your taste buds. It is spongy and fluffy, but you can taste the richness of the brown sugar mixed with the carrot at the same time.  

And the mascarpone cream cheese gives a decadent feel to the cake that you know you get a treat when served with a slice of this cake.

Here in the UK, carrot cake is such a classic that most bakers would experience making it. In fact, it’s a kind of must-try item in the baking world. At least, that’s what I thought.

a slice of carrot cake on a white plate with a white mug on the side

So baking a delicious carrot cake was one of my goals. I tried many recipes to find the one I really like. They’re all tasty. Even though I find that most of them are either too rich and too sweet or rather hard and dense. And my first crush on carrot cake was Jamie Oliver’s recipe. It is in one of his cookbooks called Cook With Jamie. It was one of the first cookbooks that I bought when I just relocated to the UK. 

Mascarpone Twist In The Cheese Cream Frosting

The classic carrot cake uses cheese cream frosting, right? And the frosting is one of the cake’s unique selling points. 

And we can see why. Because the cake itself is a bit rich and full of flavour. So you want the frosting that feels a bit lighter to balance it. 

However, I personally find the tanginess of cheese cream gets in the way of the deliciousness of the cake. So, I use mascarpone cheese to substitute the ordinary cheese cream in the frosting. I must say it was the best decision.

Yes, mascarpone cheese cream frosting is the best match for this carrot cake loaf. 

No Nuts Ingredients

Another twist that I made for this ever-popular sweet treat was that I excluded the nuts. 

In this recipe, I don’t use nuts at all. Hence, this carrot cake is safe for those who have nut allergies.

And the bonus of this decision is that you can use this recipe as a base for classic celebration cakes such as wedding cakes, birthday cakes, etc. Because you know that the cake is definitely free from nuts, and you can serve it to all your guests without worries. 

Dump Everything Method 

This recipe is simple as it uses the dump everything method. All you need to do is, prepare the ingredients and dump it all in a mixing bowl, then mix well. 

In essence, this is what you need to do. 

Peel and grate the carrots. Then place all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, i.e. flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, spices/ cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir well until all these dry ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

photo collage of making cake batter

Then, you make a well in the centre of the flour mix. Add the eggs, oil and vanilla extract to it. Using a handheld mixer or a hand whisk, mix it until you get a smooth batter. 

Lastly, stir in the grated carrots and pour the batter into your prepared loaf tin. 

photo collage of adding grated carrots in the cake batter

Bake the cake in the preheated oven at the gas mark 3.5/ 170° C/ 338°F until a skewer comes out clean. It usually takes around 40-45 minutes. 

Leave the cake to completely cool down on a cooling rack as you get on making the frosting.

Cream the butter until it looks pale. Then add the icing sugar little by little as you keep mixing. Add the vanilla extract and salt. Mix it until you get fluffy buttercream in a light colour. 

Then stir in the mascarpone cheese and mix it with a spatula.

photo collage of making mascarpone cheese frosting

If you feel that the frosting is too soft to spread, put it in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes or until you find it firm enough to spread. 

Top Tips For Excellent Carrot Cake Loaf

  • You can grate or shred the carrots using the ordinary grater. The coarse one will give you a slightly bigger cut. I suggest you use the medium one, so you get the coarse-enough carrot pieces. If the texture is too fine, your cake will be soggy and dense. 
  • The difference between grated and shredded carrots is that the grated ones have finer and shorter cuts. The shredded carrots have stringy type of pieces. Usually, you get this difference when you use a food processor to grate your carrots. Whichever cutting you choose, try to use the medium size. Not too fine, but not too coarse. 
  • You can shred the carrots for this carrot cake using an ordinary grater. Just choose the medium size of cutting that gives you shredded texture. 
  • Try to work as quickly as you can when mixing in the cheese. Because any type of cream cheese can be temperamental when added to the buttercream. This applies to Mascarpone cheese as well. If we overmix it, we’ll end up in a runny consistency frosting. So take care. 
Carrot cake loaf that has been cut into a slice

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Yield: 2lb cake loaf

Carrot Cake Loaf Recipe With Mascarpone Frosting And No Nuts

a piece of carrot cake loaf on a cooling rack

This carrot cake loaf is super soft and moist, with enough spice aroma and sweetness that doesn’t kill your taste buds. It is spongy and fluffy, but you can taste the richness of the brown sugar mixed with the carrot at the same time.  

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • For the cake
  • 1 ¼ cup/ 187.5 gr/ 6.61 oz/ 0.41 lb plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • ¾ cup/ 150 gr/ 5.29 oz/ 0.33 lb granulated sugar.
  • ¼ cup/ 50 gr/ 1.76 oz/ 0.11 lb soft brown sugar.
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda/ baking soda.
  • ¾ tsp baking powder.
  • ¼ tsp salt.
  • ¾-1 tsp cinnamon powder.
  • 3 medium size/ 225 gr/ 7.94 oz/ 0.49 lb carrots.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • ¾ cup/ 180ml/ 6.09 fl.oz oil.
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 cup/ 115 gr/ 4.06 oz icing sugar.
  • 5 tbsp/ 71 gr/ 2.5 oz/ 0.16 lb salted butter.
  • 225 gr/ 7.94 oz/ 0.5 lb mascarpone cheese.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.


  1. For the cake:
  2. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. 
  3. Preheat the oven at the gas mark 3.5/ 170° C/ 338°F.
  4. Peel and grate the carrots. Set aside.
  5. Place the flour, soft brown sugar, granulated sugar, bicarbonate of soda/ baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir well until all is mixed and combined.
  6. Make a well in the centre, and put the eggs, vanilla extract and oil in it. Using a hand whisk or a handheld mixer, mix the ingredients until you get a smooth thick batter.
  7. Then stir in the grated carrots. Mix well.
  8. Pour the batter in the prepared loaf tin and bake at the gas mark 3.5/ 170° C/ 338°F for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
  9. Leave the cake in the tin for about 5 minutes before you take it out and leave it to cool on a cooling rack.
  10. For the frosting:
  11. Cream the butter until it looks pale.
  12. Add in the icing sugar little by little as you keep mixing. You can sieve the icing sugar if it is a bit lumpy. 
  13. Add the vanilla extract and salt. Keep mixing until you get a fluffy and smooth buttercream in a very light colour.
  14. Stir in the mascarpone cheese using a spatula and mix it quickly until it is just combined. Do not overmix, or the frosting will be too soft and runny. 
  15. You can refrigerate the frosting before using it to ensure it is firm enough. 
  16. Spread the mascarpone cheese frosting over the cooled carrot cake. 


  • Mascarpone cheese can be temperamental. So try to work on it as quickly as possible by using a spatula. 
  • You can substitute the cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of all-spice for a more spicy aroma. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 426Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 74mgSodium 355mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 1gSugar 29gProtein 5g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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