Carrot & Ginger Cake w Salted Caramel Glaze
Carrot & Ginger Cake w Salted Caramel Glaze

Carrot & Ginger Cake w Salted Caramel Glaze

Have you ever fallen in love with a property from the minute you set eyes on it? I was in love with the Gypsy Cottage the moment I glimpsed this picture perfect getaway. I will tell you more about this gorgeous country hideaway in a later story. Right now I want to share a recipe from our stay. Nicole Michelle Kanofski is not just the owner of The Gypsy Cottage, she is also a fabulous cook and has generously shared her recipe for Carrot & Ginger Cake with our Gourmet Getaways readers.

Carrot Ginger Cake

Carrot Ginger Cake

You see, when we arrived at the cottage we were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea. Waiting for us in the sweet cottage kitchen, was this delicious Carrot & Ginger Cake. The cake was served with an amazing Salted Caramel Glaze and in the fridge was freshly whipped cream. The combination was literally drool worthy.

Afternoon Tea Carrot Cake

Afternoon Tea Carrot Cake

The quaint cottage kitchen was almost too perfect and pretty to disturb. The farmhouse table had been laid with a white linen, embroidered table cloth, there were pretty pink napkins, gorgeous china and all the makings for a beautiful afternoon tea. We took a moment to admire the setting, but the cake was calling me! I wanted a slice and I knew it would go perfectly with a pot of tea.

Autumn Carrot & Ginger Cake w Salted Caramel Glaze
Recipe Type: Dessert ,Cake
Author: Julie
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Serves: 10
Autumn Carrot & Ginger Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze (by Nicole Michelle Kanofski of The Gypsy Cottage)
  • For the Cake
  • 2 1/2 large carrots grated coarsely.
  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour sifted.
  • 1 cup each of brown and caster sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut.
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (quick oats preferred as they are finer)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger.
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon .
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (zest of orange is optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
  • 3 large free range eggs.
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  • 1/4 cup of Almond meal.
  • Chopped roasted almonds to serve
  • Glaze
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1/2 cup cream.
  • 3 cups of icing sugar.
  1. Preheat oven to 180c (fan forced oven)
  2. Butter and line 2. 22 cm pans with baking paper.
  3. Stir the carrot and dry ingredients together including sea salt, oats and almond meal.
  4. Make a well in the centre and add sour cream, oil and eggs. Divide evenly among tins.
  5. Smooth over, swap tins around in oven halfway through cooking!
  6. Cook for about 45 mins, test with a skewer to see if its ready.
  7. Cool completely before icing!
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stir in sugar and golden syrup until smooth,
  2. gently bring to a simmer and stir continuously until thickened slightly, stir in cream, remove from heat,
  3. Stir in icing sugar and sea salt flakes to taste, leave to cool to a spreading consistency.
  4. Spread over each half of cake and then on top.
  5. Garnish with roasted almonds and fresh whipped cream!

I honestly can’t describe how deliciously moist this cake is, but if you take a look at the ingredients you get a few clues. The recipe includes coconut, sour cream and almond meal, three ingredients which always lift a cake above the average. The crumb is rich and textural.

Gypsy Cottage Fresh Cakes Sign

Gypsy Cottage Fresh Cakes Sign

The flavour is also quite special. The recipe uses fresh ginger, ground cinnamon and nutmeg to give a deeper spicy profile. The addition of orange zest and juice freshens the cake and brings it well out of the rhelm of your average carrot cake.

Afternoon Tea - The Gypsy Cottage

Afternoon Tea – The Gypsy Cottage

I decided to share this recipe now because with the cooler weather I have been craving more of this dessert cake with my tea and I figured readers might like a bite or two as well.

Sweet Knitted Tea Cosy

Sweet Knitted Tea Cosy

Gypsy Cottage is located at Redwood not far from the Gold Coast and Brisbane hinterland. It’s the perfect location for a romantic getaway.

Gypsy Cottage at Sunset

Gypsy Cottage at Sunset

If your short on time at the moment perhaps you can make Nicole’s Carrot & Ginger Cake and imagine yourself watching the sunset over grassy mountains at the cottage.

Stay tuned for more on this secret hideaway cottage. In the meantime take a peek at the website.

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  1. What a beautiful cake. I love how the glaze trickles down the sides of the cake. And the salted caramel sounds wonderful xx

  2. Yum! Carrot cake AND salted caramel glaze, what could be better!

  3. YUM! That cake sounds positively divine with a cup of tea. That tea cozy is so adorable too!

  4. This is a winner in my book. It looks scrumptious with caramel glaze and I love the combo of flavour, Julie.

  5. Oh how gorgeous, both visually and from your words. Cannot wait to hear about the cottage! xo

    • The cottage is the prettiest, most perfect little hideaway you could imagine!! I can’t wait to take Mr Gg there!!! I think winter would be particular gorgeous with the fireplace

  6. Great idea to put salted caramel glaze on carrot cake. Hmmmm now I feel like carrot cake 😀

  7. Divine! Individually I love these flavours…together they can only be mind blowing!

  8. Mmmmm, looks like this recipe has got it all- sweet, sour and tangy! Count me in!

  9. What a lovely place and what a beautiful, delicious cake… Who wouldn’t fall in love with both?

  10. Oh the Gypsy Cottage looks so delightful! I would love to spend time in such a beautiful environment. But if I can’t…this amazing cake will have to do. Love the addition of ginger to the cake and that caramel glaze… amazing! : )

  11. Man, that salted caramel running down! MY heart just stopped a beat!
    This does sound like the perfect winter dessert
    Thanks for sharing x

  12. That looks amazing! And, that ‘want a piece of cake with my cup of tea’ feeling has arrived with the change of season 🙂

  13. Love the look of the cake – can’t resist me some dessert 🙂

  14. Oh, yum! That glaze looks awesome. As does the whole cake — really would go nicely with a cup of tea (which I happen to be drinking right now!). Eager to learn more about the cottage!

  15. Yum, this looks amazing!
    Melanie @

  16. Oh wow – I love the sound of this cake! Such a great blend of flavours and a nice use of savoury in sweet 🙂 I hear you on falling in love with properties too. The problem is when you fall in love with ones that are unobtainable!!

  17. Julie, I think I could fall in love as well ! Like a carrot cake like this and the Gypsy cottage at Sunset it’s so easy fall in love !
    What a wonderful place !

  18. I’m loving this recipe to its entirety. Delicious flavors as also the inclusion of almond meal, oats are intriguing indeed. Must try!

  19. Perfect essential ingredients combination for a afternoon tea cake… I could easily ask for that second piece 🙂

  20. Carrot and ginger cake sounds so fantastic! The salted caramel glaze you put on there just to tease me. 🙂

  21. Ooooo what a picturesque and delightful way to enjoy afternoon tea! Thank you for sharing the recipe to the Gypsy Cottage inspired cake!

  22. Lovely cake with caramel ozzing down the cake is perfect. I need a slice. By the way cottage looks beautiful too.

  23. I don’t know which to gush about first – the cottage or the cake!! AMAZING!! (Both!!)

    Can’t wait to read about it! And that cake…I have never wanted carrot cake more. I’m actually not a fan of piles of cream cheese frosting on carrot cake. I LOVE the idea of salted caramel glaze!!!

  24. I’m not normally a big fan of ginger, but this cake looks so pretty that I’m tempted to try it!


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