Carrot, pumpkin and hazelnut breakfast loaf cake

Carrot, pumpkin and hazelnut breakfast loaf cake

By 08/11/2016

Cake for breakfast? Yes please, especially if it is healthy and full of fresh vegetables too.

Italians do love their cake for breakfast. I usually have yogurt with fruit or bread with honey but sometimes a good homemade cake will make a good headstart to the day too 🙂

You know how much I love pumpkin. I want to make the most of this exquisite vegetable full of goodness which is in season right now. If you make bread you can just add a little bit of cooked pumpkin to your dough and it will add a nice golden colour and a subtle delicate sweet taste to your baking.

For a change I paired pumpkin with carrot and added some ground hazelnuts for a wholesome nutty taste. To me this is the perfect breakfast cake: moist, crumbly and delicious and it is also a favourite with my children too. I have not made a frosting as I am not keen on it but you can if you like.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes



Steam the pumpkin for about 10 to 15 minutes until soft then mash it with a fork to a puree consistency.

Mashed pumpkin

Wash and finely grate the carrots. Put them in a bowl with the ground hazelnuts, the mashed pumpkin, the orange zest, the eggs, the sifted flour and baking powder, the sugar and the oil. Mix well.


Pour the mixture onto a well greased loaf cake tin measuring approx 11 x 21cm or 4 x 8 inch, sprinkle it with brown sugar on top and bake it in a ventilated oven at 180C or 350F for 45 minutes. Check for readiness with a toothpick.

Switch off the oven and leave the cake in for a further 15 minutes with the oven door left adjar.

Wait for it to cool down before removing it from the mold. This is quite a delicate, moist and crumbly cake.


Pumpkin Carrot Hazelnut loaf cake

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16 Responses to Carrot, pumpkin and hazelnut breakfast loaf cake

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I too LOVE pumpkins…now the season here is over. Yes, as soon as Halloween is over, the supermarket is over with pumpkin too. This breakfast cake looks superb, Alida.

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie!

  2. gloria

    Look really wonderful and delicious !!
    Un abbraccio cara <3

  3. elisabetta

    If a slice of this cake and a pot of tea or coffee were offered to me on a cold autumnal day I’d be so happy. Must make.

    • Alida

      I love packing fruit and veg into my bakes 🙂

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Complimenti, che bontà questo plumcake, un dolce sano e nutriente, ottimo per la colazione! Buona serata, baci!

    • Alida

      Si lo devo rifare subito!

  5. Chiara

    verrei a fare colazione a casa tua Alida, quel dolce ha un aspetto divino ! Un abbraccio

    • Alida

      Dai ti invito, un giorno ci dobiamo incontrare o in Inghilterra o quando sono in Friuli.

  6. Serena

    I was just looking for something to cook on thanksgiving Day. I think I’ll try your plumcake it looks so good. See you

    • Alida

      This is quick and easy to make. A good cake for any day of the week.

  7. uno spicchio di melone

    Ciao carissima! Le tue colazioni sono decisamente le mie colazioni preferite! Sempre bravissima! Un caro abbraccio! 🙂

    • Alida

      Grazie tesoro buon weekend mia cara 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Kate!

  8. Marinês

    I do love this kind of cakes !!!
    And this one looks delicious!!!
    Thanks a lot !

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