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Air Fryer Carrot Cake

The versatility of my air fryer continues to impress me. After the success of making some banana bread in it, I decided to test out our favourite carrot cake recipe.

air fryer carrot cake

Side note: If you are interested in the history of the carrot cake, according to food historians it dates back to Medieval times, having evolved from the ‘Carrot Pudding.’ You can read all about it via The Carrot Museum

But fast forward to 2019 and here we are making it in an air fryer! For this recipe you will either need an air fryer accessory cake tin, or find a suitable oven safe dish that will fit in your air fryer. I use the baking tin from this set;

air fryer accessories

It really is a great set which has allowed me to make pizzas, quiches, kebabs – as well as fitting a lot more in my air fryer!

Carrot Cake in Air Fryer

You can pretty much adapt any cake recipe to make in the air fryer, just remember to check if you need to reduce the volumes to fit. I usually cook my cakes at 160C, and for this carrot cake I left it to cook for 30 minutes (I checked on it at 20 minutes to make sure it wasn’t over cooking).

Side Note: You can also cover the baking tin with some foil and poke some holes in it to prevent the top from burning or cooking too fast.

I love that I can make a cake in the air fryer and not heat up the whole kitchen because I need the oven on. It’s so simple.

Carrot Cake Air Fryer




carrot cake air fryer

Air Fryer Carrot Cake


  • 140 g Soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 140 g butter
  • 1 orange, zest & juice
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175 g grated carrot, (approx 2 medium carrots)
  • 60 g sultanas


  1. Preheat air fryer to 160C.
  2. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Slowly add the beaten eggs.
  4. Fold in the flour, a little bit at a time, mixing it as you go. Add the orange juice and zest, grated carrots and sultanas. Gently mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Grease the baking tin and pour the mixture in.
  6. Place baking tin in the air fryer basket and cook for 30 minutes. Check and see if the cake has cooked - use a cocktail stick or metal skewer to poke in the middle. If it comes out wet then cook it for a little longer.
  7. Remove the baking tin from the airfryer basket and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.

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Sunday 14th of June 2020

Same issue here! I cooked for a total of 45 mins but when ai tipped the cake out carefully after a few mins of cooling, at least 50% of the inside was completely uncooked. I’ve messily tipped it upside down and put it back in to cook for a further 15+ minutes. Fingers crossed!


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Hi Liana, I’ve tried this carrot cake recipe a couple of times now and the bits of it I can eat are delicious. What I can’t work out is why it won’t cook properly. I am using a 7” / 18cm cake tin in a basket style air fryer. The first time I did as the recipe 160c for 30 mins and found it very raw inside, I cooked about 10 mins longer but the middle wouldn’t cook and the top was starting to go hard. I ate the cake round the edge that was cooked and as I say it was very yummy, but I had to bin the raw bit. I tried again yesterday and dropped the temp slightly to 155c and planned to cook a bit longer. I cooked it for an additional 25 mins and it still isn’t right. Very hard on outside and dense on inside. I really want this cake to work, please could you give me any suggestions to try. Thank you

Liana Green

Monday 8th of June 2020

Hi Lisa - sorry to hear the carrot cake didn't work for you - what air fryer do you have?


Friday 22nd of November 2019

What size/depth baking tin did you use for this recipe? I have a different model air frye that doesn’t come with a baking cake tin. I will have to see if my cake tins will fit? Do you place the cake tin on the bottom of the fryer or on a rack? My rack can be reversed to be just off the base or higher about the middle of the fryer?

Brenda Trowbridge

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Hi Susan made your recipe for carrot cake but been on 160 now for about 50 mins and still wet in middle, it is a Tower basket afx

Liana Green

Friday 22nd of November 2019

Hi Susan - What air fryer do you have? I used a baking tin I got as part of an air fryer accessories pack on Amazon - but you can use any baking tin that fits in your air fryer. The size of this particular one was 18cm x 7.5cm - I hope that helps!