Lots of carrot, carrot cake

carrot cake

There are a couple of things I have learnt to do in the southern hemisphere winter . Crank up that old oven in my kitchen and feel that warmth. The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla fills the house with the warmth and I simple love it. In my dreams,I wish there was a fire place and a dog too. But for now they are my wishes.

Don’t be afraid to bake

Baking forever has classified itself as an exact science. This certainly creates a perception that it is difficult. Well, it is the science of baking, it is pure food chemistry. Coming from a science background, this doesn’t create any panic in my head. I am currently teaching my younger one to be that confident. Burn that cookies with confidence, pull that cake that will fall … it is all good. For, each timeyou learn something new and do more with confidence. Over a period of time it will create a collection of successful recipes save them and repeat. See, after all, it doesn’t look so bad. You still can bake.

This zero oil carrot cake

This carrot cake recipe is slightlyz deviating from exact science. Hold your thought, it works and worked every single time. If you read the recipe, there is loads of carrot here, yes there are 4 cups of it, co I don’t believe a carrot cake should have slithers of carrot here and there.  It should have carrots in every bite and enough to feel the carrots in it.

carrot cake without frosting

Adding nuts to this is totally up to you, I have only added candied ginger and hemp hearts. All that carrot is enough to give it that springy moistness that the cake needs and this totally removes the need for any added oil or butter.

Will this cake freeze well?

Absolutely. Don’t hesitate, cool and freeze the cake. It will thaw delightfully. Somehow, don’t like freezing with the icing so I freeze only the cake.

carrot cake mades with lots of carrot

The cheese frosting

According to my daughter, any carrot cake is incomplete if it was not having the cheese frosting. Since cheese frosting is a bit thicker than buttercream and holds shape better we decided to work on it with the minimal fork tricks. We have tried a basic basket weave pattern with a fork. How do you like it?

cheese frosting

Hope you will like this recipe, do let us know how your zero oil bake comes out. If you are looking for a classic vanilla cake with funfetti – click here.

Enjoy your day, stay safe and stay in touch.

carrot cake with cheese frosting

carrot cake

Lots of carrot, carrot cake

Zero oil, no butter cake with lots of carrot.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8 people


Wet ingredients

  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

That Carrot

  • 4 cups carrots grated

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

on top of the cake

  • 2 tbsp Hemp seeds

for the cheese frosting

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 150 gram cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1 tbsp crystallised ginger or candied ginger


to make the cake

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes
  • Grease the baking pan and dust it with flour. or line the pan with baking paper.
  • Into a large mixing bowl, crack and add the eggs, cinnamon powder and the sugar.
    eggs for baking
  • Whisk till the sugar is well dissolved and the eggs are fluffy.
    eggs and suagr for baking
  • Sift in the flours, baking powder and baking soda and fold gently.
    mixing flours for baking
  • Add the carrots, crystallised ginger and fold well.
    add carrots
  • Pour into the greased mould and tap well ( this remove any trapped air in the cake.
    cake mix in the mould
  • Sprinkle the hemp seeds on top and place the cake mix in the oven
    carrot cake with hemp seeds
  • Bake till the skewer comes out clean in the centre of the cake.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Once the cake is cooled unmould the cake and let it rest for 1 hour
    carrot cake without frosting

For the cheese frosting

  • Into the mixing bowl add the cream cheese, the icing sugar and softened butter.
  • Whisk gently till the ingredients are combined and the cheese frosting is soft and fluffy.
  • Keep it chilled.

to frost the cake

  • Place the cake on a turntable ( or a makeshift one like us, an inverted plate on a tumbler.
  • Place the frosting in the centre of the cake and using a knife, spread the frosting in spiral motions away from the centre while slowly turning the cake,
    carrot cake frosting
  • Once the top of the cake is fully covered, you could work your way to the sides. (We did not)
  • Using a fork, gently press in a criss-cross pattern on the frosting.
    cheese frosting
  • Chill till the frosting sets.
    carrot cake
  • Enjoy the slice, with family and friends.
    carrot cake mades with lots of carrot


I have used freshly grated carrots. It took 4 large carrots to get 4 cups of them.
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Sarah Emery
1 year ago

I can’t agree with your comment about carrot cake isn’t complete without the cheese frosting. I feel that really seals the deal. Great recipe!

1 year ago

Wow loved the recipe and tips. Will try to make the carrot cake.

1 year ago

I love carot cake, gonna get my hands on to prepare one with your recipe shared,thanks for this 😀
cheers, siennylovesdrawing

1 year ago

This has to be the best looking carrot cake I have ever seen.

The Happy Mommie
1 year ago

I am always looking oit for ways to feed my daughter vegetables and this sounds like something she will hog on ; Thanks for this 😊

1 year ago

I love carrot cakes, never tried this recipe but will try it out too!

Eric Gamble
1 year ago

So even though I am a chocolate fiend, I will say that Carrot Cake is pretty awesome! Love this recipe you came up with that has real fresh carrots. I also agree with your daughter that though the moist cake you created is awesome, its the Cream Cheese Icing that makes it!

Ashli Ferguson
1 year ago

I am not a carrot cake fan but my mom is and she would LOVE This!

blair villanueva
blair villanueva
1 year ago

Carrot cakes are always a good treat! I remember I used to grab it from the local baker’s shop since I don’t know how to make it.

1 year ago

My lost love to baking reignite with all this enticing photos . Thanks for sharing ! Will deffo give this a try.

1 year ago

Carrot cake is really one of my faves, especially with cream cheese. Thanks for the recipe and all of the insider tips. I wish my attempt would be half as great as yours. Haha

Tracy @ Cleland Clan
1 year ago

I agree with your daughter! No carrot cake is complete without a creamy cream cheese frosting.

1 year ago

This looks divine. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for the write up.

1 year ago

Although I’m not huge on carrot cake, the frosting looks incredible!!

Ben Cross
1 year ago

Looks absolutely scrumptious!

I absolutely love carrot cake!

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