5 spectacular carrot cakes around the Cape

There’s nothing quite like a wholesome, juicy bite of a warmly spiced carrot cake. Whether it’s traditionally made with layers and nuts, or served in miniature form with caramel or pretty fruit accompaniments, there’s no denying that this confection is the perfect coffeetime treat. For your next slice, head to one of these Cape Town spots for a spectacular carrot cake fix.

Chardonnay Deli

This cosy deli is a great stop for good breakfasts, homey takeaway meals or a sit-down coffee and something baked. Their syrupy-moist carrot cake features a good portion of carrot and sometimes other interesting veggies like courgette, or even beetroot. It is is often topped with toasted coconut, nuts, cream cheese frosting, or with honey and citrus. They also offer a sugar-free carrot cake for banters, and others avoiding sugar. (R39 to R48 a slice). Pro-tip: Their cheesecake is also justifiably popular.



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The General Store (City Bowl)

The carrot cake at this Bree Street lunch hatch is something special. So special that we even filmed it being made! For R30 a slice you’ll be treated to a cake that’s marvellously chunky with walnuts, carrot and chopped pineapple, with a zesty, oh-so creamy icing. There’s also that perfect hint of cinnamon for warmth. Sometimes you might even find versions with peaches or banana between the layers. It’s not available every day, so check out their Instagram account for news of its presence.

La Petite Tarte (De Waterkant)

This little French patisserie offers a range of tarts and cakes for those with a sweet tooth. The carrot cake, which has become something of a legend at this spot, is as traditional as it gets. Thick layers of moist, warmly spiced cake are held together by the beautiful cream cheese icing that’s also generously spread over the top of the bake. The sweet treat is topped with a classic crumbling of walnuts for texture (R45 a slice). Enjoy it with a scoop of double vanilla or Swiss chocolate ice cream for an extra R15.



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Pajamas and Jam (Somerset West)

It’s no secret that this hip, quirky eatery bakes up incredible, Instagram-worthy cakes and treats (check out our video of their crazy Lady Loveberry cake here) and the team like to keep things exciting by creating whimsical flavours that change constantly. On the days when carrot cake is available, you’ll find either a large, glorious bake with classic layers and a frosty-white cream cheese icing that can be ordered by the slice, or Alice in Wonderland-esque miniature ‘Lady Coppergold’ carrot cakes. These beautiful creations are perfectly moist and come topped with the swirls of cream cheese icing and playful ingredients like glossy caramel sauce, wafer biscuits, seasonal fruit, caramel popcorn, or flowers (R50).

The Velvet Cake Co.
(City Bowl)

Loop Street’s quirky little cakery is known for its colourful confections with a rich cream cheese icing. Their version of carrot cake comes in cupcake form with a moist, freshly grated carrot sponge. A subtle hint of cinnamon, their famous cream cheese icing and a sprinkling of nuts makes this a perfect on-the-go treat (R25 a cupcake). You can also order an entire cake for your own personal tea party for R385.



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