Niomi Smart’s Carrot Cake

Niomi Smart-min

So, in case you haven’t read about what I got for my birthday, one of my gifts was Eat Smart by Niomi Smart. This made me so excited because I have been wanting this book for ages. I really need to start eating better and this book is going to help me do just that!

This weekend I tried Eat Smart for the first time and I decided to make the carrot cake. It also has (according to Niomi) a ‘lemon’ cream cheese icing. I was very intrigued by this.

I’m not going to lie, it took ages to make this. It literally took almost 3 hours – but this might be because I had to shell all of the nuts before we could move on. It is a really easy recipe to follow and, despite the time it took, it doesn’t actually require a lot of effort.

I also chose to change some of the ingredients because I did not have some of them and didn’t see the need in buying. There is nothing wrong with changing recipes up though! It makes things your own.

After the carrot cake had been in the oven for about an hour (yes, an hour!) I took it out and left it to cool. It smelled absolutely incredible! I will admit, I am always nervous about trying new recipes for the first time in case the products taste dreadful – I mean what am I supposed to do with it then?!

In this instance I did not have to worry about that. The carrot cake tasted amazing! It wasn’t too dry, or too crumbly, it was the perfect texture. The taste was absolutely delicious and it has been eaten pretty quickly!

I was not a huge fan of the icing but I will give it another go! Next time I might try a different kind of icing instead though.

In short, this is definitely something that I will be making again! If you guys would like to see more of these posts with recipes from the book then let me know 🙂


Unfortunately I couldn’t find the recipe online but you can buy her book on Amazon here and Takealot here.

Have you made anything from Eat Smart before? Have you tried any other recipes by Niomi Smart? Let me know in the comments below!


Kirsty x



  1. March 13, 2017 / 18:01

    This sounds like a great book and that carrot cake sounds delightful! Ugh will defo be putting this book in my wish list!

    Jessica & James |

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:34

      I definitely recommend it! 🙂 x

  2. March 13, 2017 / 18:08

    I love carrot cake I think it has to be one of my faves! ?

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:34

      I completely agree! x

  3. abbeylouisarose
    March 13, 2017 / 18:09

    I hadn’t heard of this cookbook before but after seeing your photos, I think I need to buy it! 3 hours is quite a long haul for baking but I’m sure this cake was worth it!

    Abbey ?

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:35

      It was absolutely worth it! Definitely worth a purchase 🙂 x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:35

      I love using them as well! x

  4. March 13, 2017 / 18:23

    Love carrot cake, never have it enough nor have I tried to make it before! Would love to try!

    Jessica |

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:33

      It’s so easy to make! 🙂

  5. March 13, 2017 / 18:25

    This looks absolutely amazing, and is making me so hungry! I never used to like carrot cake (well I thought I didn’t!) until I got one for free on holiday a few years ago. After that I was hooked!

    It always freaks me out the amount of oil and carrot that goes into it though – but it always tastes divine. The cream cheese icing has to be my fav!

    Hazel –

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:33

      This one is healthy so it doesn’t have all of that oil in it! Well it has coconut oil so much healthier haha

  6. March 13, 2017 / 18:37

    Carrot cake is literally my favorite. It’s so good. This lemon cream cheese frost sounds fascinating. I might have to explore this book if all the recipes are as yummy as this.

    Breanna Catharina

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:32

      There are such incredible looking recipes in this book! I am going to be spending every weekend baking haha!

  7. March 13, 2017 / 18:51

    Did not know about Eat Smart so never tried any recipe from the book. The cake looks amazing! I don’t really eat carrot cakes but I’d happily give this one a go! Thanks for sharing! xx Corinne

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:32

      There are so many other amazing recipes in the book and all healthy! x

  8. March 13, 2017 / 18:52

    I love carrot cake! Can’t believe it tastes over an hour to cook though! Might give making this a go, it looks really tasty!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:21

      I promise you that the time is worth it!

  9. Kayleigh Zara
    March 13, 2017 / 18:59

    Omg this looks amazing! I’m a massive fan of cake in general so I definitely need to buy the book for the recipe to make lots of delicious things haha! Thanks for sharing x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:20

      It was delicious! And I love that everything in the book is actually healthy!

  10. March 13, 2017 / 19:11

    Omg I love Niomi Smart! Ahh I’m very jealous of you for being able to get your hands on her book! I love this post and am a sucker for food. That carrot cake looks so delicious and super healthy! I loved reading this post and anything food related haha! x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:19

      I have been wanting it for so long haha! Everything in the book just looks so delicious that I am definitely going to be baking a lot more!

  11. March 13, 2017 / 19:13

    Hi, I’ve not heard of Eat Smart before. I have to say the carrot cake looks delicious. I’m not sure I could wait 3 hours though, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      March 15, 2017 / 16:17

      I think it just took so long because I had to shell the nuts from scratch haha x

  12. March 28, 2017 / 23:33

    Well, it turned out beautiful! I love carrot cake, too – especially since I can’t eat pineapple upside down cake anymore (I developed an allergy – boo!).

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      April 7, 2017 / 14:15

      Thank you! Oh no! At least you can still have carrot cake then 😉

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