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Carrot Ginger Tea Cake with Lime Glaze

Photo: Iain Bagwell
Prep and Bake time 1 hr, 15 mins
Cool time 1 hr, 45 mins

Serves 9 to 12

Taking a cue from our favorite juice bar combos, this dense, not-too-sweet cake gets loads of moistness from both carrots and carrot juice, and a hint of heat from two kinds of ginger. The lime glaze adds a tangy kick.


  • 1/4 cup melted butter, plus about 1 tsp. softened butter for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup carrot juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger (use a box grater or Microplane)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded carrots (from about 3 medium orange carrots, peeled)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon plus about 1 tsp. lime juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 253
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • protein 3 g
  • fat 9.9 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • carbohydrate 39 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sodium 231 mg
  • cholesterol 46 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 8-in. square pan, line bottom with parchment paper, and butter it. Flour inside of pan, tapping out excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk granulated sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, the oil, carrot juice, eggs, and fresh ginger until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk just until smooth. Stir in carrots and scrape batter into pan.

  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Run a paring knife around edges to loosen, then turn out onto rack. Turn right side up and let cool completely, at least 1 3/4 hours.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, lime zest, and 1 tbsp. lime juice until smooth. Add more lime juice (about 1 tsp.) for a thick, flowing texture. Drizzle over cake.

  5. Make ahead: Through step 3, up to 1 day at room temperature or 1 month frozen (let cool, then wrap well).