Spice Market Carrot cake


A full tablespoon of the spice ras el hanout and a cup of dried fruit in the batter is what gives this carrot cake recipe its Moroccan-inspired flair.

Spice Market Carrot Cake
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
12 slices


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout*

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten

  • 3 cup finely shredded carrots

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • cup honey

  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots or pitted dates

  • 1 recipe Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Chopped pistachio nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottoms of three 8- or 9-inch round baking pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour paper. In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, ras el hanout, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  2. In another bowl combine eggs, carrots, oil, and honey. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until combined. Stir in apricots. Pour into prepared pans.

  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; remove paper. Cool cakes on wire racks.

  4. Frost the top of each cake layer with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, stacking them as you go; frost sides of the cake. Decorate with nuts and carrot shreds or ribbons. Serves 16.

To make ras el hanout

To make your own ras el hanout spice mixture, stir together 1 tsp. each ground cinnamon and ground turmeric and 1/2 tsp. each black pepper, ground coriander, ground nutmeg, and ground allspice.

Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Remove 2 tsp. zest and squeeze 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 orange. In a large bowl combine one 8-oz. pkg. softened cream cheese; 3/4 cup softened butter; the orange juice; and 1 tsp. ground ginger. Beat with a mixer on low until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in an additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar to make a spreadable frosting. Stir in zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

648 Calories
33g Fat
85g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 553mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Total Sugars 65g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 214mg 5%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 50.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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