Moist Citrus Carrot Cake Recipe

Moist Citrus Carrot Cake Recipe

By 20/11/2015

For the last 6 months, every morning I have taken up the habit of squeezing 2 or sometimes 3 lemons, add a little warm water and sip slowly. I use to find it quite acidic but I now don't notice it anymore and I actually quite enjoy it. The benefits of drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning are infinite and I have certainly noticed a difference as I feel more energetic and my skin is more radiant and clearer.

I must say I grew up sipping lemon juice in the morning but I gave up the habit as soon as I turned into a rebellious teenager when my parents could not make me "drink that stuff" anymore. Then as you get older you get wiser..

I have heard people saying "drink it in a shot", I think that's pure madness as it is not going to do your stomach any good. Instead use a straw (to avoid damaging your tooth enamel) and sip it slowly mixing it with water.

In tune with all of this my recipe today is made with carrots, orange and lemon, a delicious healthy combination! This is a very moist cake and has almost the texture of a dessert so it can be stored in the fridge.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 50 minutes



Wash the carrots and grate them finely in a processor.

grating carrots

Add the zest of the juice of the orange, the lemon zest and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.


Add the eggs, the sifted flour and baking powder, sugar, vanilla and oil. Whiz all the ingredients and pour the mixture on a round baking tin measuring approx 20 cm or 8 inch diameter.

cake mixture

Cook at 170C or 325 F for about 50 minutes to 1 hour. As it cooks you might see cracks on top but that is OK.

Check with a toothpick. If the cake appears still quite wet it is a good idea to switch the oven off and leave the cake in for a further 10 to 15 minutes with the door left adjar.

Wait for the cake to cool down before enjoying it.

Moist carrot and citrus cake

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17 Responses to Moist Citrus Carrot Cake Recipe

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Angie!!

  1. Bettina

    Looks so yummy. Will try it very soon maybe this weekend.

    I also drink warm water with lemon first thing every morning instead of my ristretto and feel better for it.

    • Alida

      Thank you Bettina!

  2. Elisabetta

    Such a moist and flavoursome cake I would serve it as a dessert as well as at tea-time. Grazie x

    • Alida

      Prego cara. Buon weekend!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I love the way this cake looks. It is chock full of delicious ingredients and a perfect one for this time of year. It is so moist and I like the powdered sugar on top. Just enough sweetness. This one will look terrific on a Holiday table.
    My dad drinks lemon in his water all the time. Also have a very close friend who puts lemon also in the hot water. I have tried it and it isn’t bad, but it is too much acid for me. I can’t even drink OJ in the morning. But know that it is so good for you. Thanks for sharing this yummy cake…have a glorious day!
    Ciao, Dottie :0)

    • Alida

      How interesting, so many people seem to be drinking lemon juice and understand its benefits. That’s good!
      Hope you are having a good weekend. Ciao.

  4. Louise

    Hi Alida:)
    I’ve been thinking about sipping lemon juice in the morning. I’ve heard it does a body good. I had no idea that you needed to do it with 2 or 3 lemons. Wow! I may just start with a few spoonfuls and see how it goes. My daughter suggested using lemon oil but I’m not sure about that either, lol…

    Anyway, your Citrus Carrot Cake looks quite lovely and yes, moist. I adore carrot cake. Many carrot cake recipes call for cream cheese frosting. I’m delighted to see one that doesn’t seem to need it at all. Quite refreshing!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

    P.S. I’m not back to blogging yet but I will be doing an update in a day or so…

    • Alida

      Hi Louise, nice to hear from you! You are greatly missed you know.
      Most people start with 1 lemon and water and that’s probably enough to start with. They say you can increase the number of lemons slowly so you get used to them as they are quite sharp. A friend of mine who has rheumatoid arthritis has been was advised by her naturopathist to start with one and then work her way up to 10 lemons and then slowly decrease them again, but that’s to help with her chronic condition. Lemons seem to have a cleansing effect on the body.
      All the best Louise and hope to see you soon!

  5. Susan

    I have followed your posts since the early summer and this is my first time leaving a comment. All of your recipes look delicious! I can’t wait to try this citrus cake. I look forward to finding your next post notice in my inbox.

    • Alida

      Dear Susan, I am pleased you like my recipes! To me it means so much 😉 grazie grazie!

  6. speedy70

    Ottima questa torta, mi piacciono molto i dolci con le carote, brava Alida!!!!

  7. gloria

    Look sooo delicious Alida.
    Un bacione cara 🙂


    Wow my mouth is melting.
    Looks fantastic.

    Check my cooking blog is in Spanish with google translation.
    Hope you like my recipes.

  9. Amanda@craftycookingmama

    Yum – this cake looks absolutely fabulous! I love baking with carrots & look forward to trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Alida

      Many thanks Amanda.

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