Sophie Michell’s sugar-free carrot cake

This was the first sugar-free cake that I experimented with and it inspired me to write the book. Who can say no to an ace cinnamon carrot sponge with whipped creamy topping? It’s one of those classic cakes we should all have a recipe for.

David Loftus

SERVES 12-16

100g coconut flour
150g ground almonds
200g Xylitol
2 tsp baking powder (gluten-free if wished)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
6 medium eggs
200g butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
300ml milk
250g carrots
1 medium apple

50g Xylitol icing sugar plus more to taste
800g cream cheese
1 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3. Grease and line the base of two round 23cm wide, 7.5cm deep springform cake tins (or similar). Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl then, in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, butter, vanilla extract and milk.
2. Peel and grate the carrots on a coarse grater, along with the apple (no need to peel), then add to the egg mix and stir until combined. Finally, fold in the flour mix. Divide the mix between the two tins and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cakes are slightly raised and golden, then take out of the oven and cool completely.
3. While the cakes are cooling, make the icing. Sift the icing sugar and then mix well with the cream cheese, 1 tsp cinnamon and extra sweetener to taste, whisking until you have a thickened and spreadable frosting. Spread a generous layer of the cream cheese icing on the first cake, place the second one on top and then finish with another layer of icing. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

PET SAFETY NOTE Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Don’t feed your pet anything containing Xylitol – if this is a concern for you can use an erythritol-based sweetener instead.

Baking Without Sugar by Sophie Michell will be published by White Owl, an imprint of Pen & Sword, on Thursday, price £25. To order a copy for £18.75 (a 25 per cent discount) until 10 June, visit or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15.