Mum’s recipe for carrot cake

In search for some top notch recipes handed down from our mums, we fell in favour with the story and recipe sent in by Michele Smit. We decided to bake her family’s treasured carrot cake recipe and think this one is well worth a tribute.

A recipe for carrot cake

‘This particular recipe has been passed on from my grandmother to my mother and then it was passed on to me. It is such an amazing carrot cake. Trust me you have never tasted something so rich and decadent. What makes this recipe so special for me personally, is that it has become the “foothold” of my new baking business ever since my mom gave it to me. I started baking this cake for people at my work and everyone loved it so much, that they started ordering this carrot cake and so business just started to pick up. Because of this cake I decided to opened my own baking business in October 2012.

My mom has always been my true support where my baking and cooking skills are concerned. I can always phone her, any time of day or night, for advice and just to chat about what I’m making. My mom is such a special lady, always coming up with the most delicious food, almost sometimes out of nothing. She is such an inspiration, she has always stayed true to who she is and remained strong against all the obstacles of the world.

This recipe is truly a family secret, and it’s not given out at all, but I am sharing it because I feel so lucky to have had it.’ – Michele Smit



For the cake

3 eggs
250ml oil
250ml flour
250ml sugar
8ml baking powder
3ml baking soda
8ml cinnamon
3ml salt
500ml finely grated carrots
60ml grated pecan nuts
60ml fine pineapple (optional)

For the topping

90g cream
90g smooth cottage cheese
180g sieved icing sugar
3ml vanilla essence


1. Preheat your oven to 160⁰C .
2. Mix the eggs and oil together. Keep mixing until it’s almost light and fluffy in colour.
3. Add the sieved dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Now add the grated carrots and pecan nuts. If you choose to add pineapple to your cake this is your cue.
5. Mix everything together well.
6. Pour the batter into a sprayed pan. The batter fits nicely into a 23cm cake pan. But if you would like to use a 20cm pan , it will yield two cakes and these can either be stacked or served separately.
7. Bake the carrot cake in your pre-heated oven at 160⁰C for about 45 minutes.
8. While your cake is baking, you can make the topping. Beat the cream until soft peaks form. They should be nice and stiff.
9. Add in the cottage cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence.
10. Once your carrot cake is cooled, pour the topping over the cake. If you would prefer a thicker glaze, add more icing sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.

Carrot cake by Michele Smit

If you would like to order a delicious carrot cake, Made by Michele, head to her website and get in touch.

A big thank you to Michele Smit and her mum for sharing this recipe with us all. For some more delicious recipes passed down from mums to daughters, head this way.

With thanks to Sybil Doms for baking these classics in our kitchen.