Carrot Cake using Pumpkin Mash

28’s Home Nutrition Program (portions based on our Women’s ‘Healthy Weight Maintenance’ Eating Plan)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 6


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup thawed Birds Eye Pumpkin & Cauli Mash approx. 90g
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.25 cups wholemeal self-raising flour or gluten free alternative
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup


  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C on a fan forced setting and lightly grease a 15-20cm cake tin.
  • Mix the almond milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside to create a buttermilk.
  • Add buttermilk, pumpkin mash, maple syrup, milk, butter and vanilla to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth.
  • Transfer into a large bowl and sift in the flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix ingredients together until just combined, then fold in the grated carrot and nuts.
  • Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Create the icing by whisking the cream cheese, coconut yoghurt and maple syrup together, until smooth.
  • Allow the cake to cool slightly before icing.

Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.