Carrot cake – Worteltjes taart

Children stories and jokes do make sense or have influence especially if you loved the joke of the rabbit that goes into a bakery to ask for carrot cake. If you don’t know what I am talking about this is how it goes… A rabbit enters a bakery and asks the baker: ‘Do you sell carrot cake?’ The baker says no we don’t have that, he has never even heard of carrot cake and the rabbit leaves. This scenario repeats itself daily, until the baker, who feels sorry for the rabbit decides to bake a carrot cake. So the next day, when the rabbit enters the bakery and asks: ‘Do you have carrot cake?’ and the baker proudly replies: “Yes we have”. To which the rabbit says ‘It’s disgusting, don’t you think?

So in the Netherlands we believed, as in the joke, carrot cake doesn’t exist and if it did … it would be disgusting. Immigrating to South Africa we see that in almost every lunchroom/restaurant they serve carrot cake and it looks delicious and after my first bite … I knew… this is one of my favorite cakes! I grew some carrots in my herb garden and after my first harvest, only a few carrots went to the dinner table for a healthy bite and all the rest ended up in a very soft, smooth tasting carrot cake.

I must be honest, I don’t always tell my Dutch friends the name of the cake beforehand… I guess you understand why!


3 extra-large eggs
375 ml sugar (1.5 cup)
250 ml oil (1 cup)
750 ml grated carrots (3 cups)
625 ml cake flour (2.5 cups)
7 ml baking powder (1.5 t)
5 ml bicarbonate of soda, sifted (1 t)
7 ml ground cinnamon (1.5 t)
5 ml salt (1 t)
100 g pecan nuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC and spray a 23 cm ring cake tin with non-stick spray.
Beat the eggs and add small quantities of the sugar at a time, beating continuously until all the sugar has been added.
Add the oil and carrots, mixing well.
Sift in the cake flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt, and mix.
Add the chopped nuts (optional) mix and turn the batter into the prepared ring cake tin.
Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until done.
Cool, turn out and decorate as desired (see recipes for icings).


Makes 1 ring cake.

Tips from the Winelands, Western Cape
by Zeelandhuys



Recipe from You Huisgenoot.

Worteltjes taart.

3 extra grote eieren
1,5 kop suiker
1 kop olie
3 koppen geraspte wortelen
2,5 kop cakemeel
1,5 theelepel bakpoeder
1 theelepel bicarbonate of soda (=zuiverings zout verkrijgbaar bij de apotheek)
1,5 theelepel kaneel
1 theelepel zout
100 gr Pecannoten,  als je dat lekker vindt!

Verhit de oven voor op 180° C
Beboter een cakevorm Ø23cm.
Mix de suiker met de eieren (1 voor 1)
Voeg de olie toe en mix goed
Roer de wortelen erdoor
Zeef het meel met het bakpoeder en de bicarbonated soda, kaneel en het zout en voeg steeds wat toe en mix goed.
Doe alles in de cakevorm en zet 60-70 minuten in de oven.

Maak een icing die jezelf lekker vindt….