By A Messy Cook on January 26, 2005
Photo by Chef #1800040632
Photo by Chef #1800040632
"This cake is pretty amazing. It's made without refined flour or sugar, but the taste and texture are sublime: it's not heavy at all. Besides that, there are plenty of carrots, nuts, and pineapple mixed in. Carrot cake is one of my favorites, and it's even better when I can actually feel good about eating it! :-) Frost with a cream cheese frosting (spreading apricot preserves between the two layers is good too). Prep time does not include grating carrots."
Serving Size: 1 (90 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"I went to a lovely moonlight wedding a couple of weeks ago, and this carrot cake was the wedding cake. The bride, who is somewhat of a gourmet chef herself, actually baked it. I have uploaded my photo of the cake so everyone can see how incredibly beautiful this cake can be. Everyone at the wedding raved about it, and this was a health-conscious crowd. If you go to the images, it is a flat cake with two heart-shaped cakes on top. You will also see some chocolate hearts wrapped in gold and gold flowers. The photo itself looks very golden because it was taken at night under the outdoor lights (and the moon was full!). Kathy, the bride, also had gold roses in her bouquet, one for each of the single ladies at the wedding. Oh, and she used spelt flour instead of whole wheat. Highly recommended."
"Very good and so much healthier than your average carrot cake! I replaced 1/2 the oil with applesauce and it still came out moist. The only thing I would do different in the future is add more spices. Thanks, Messy Cook; this will be my go-to carrot cake from now on!"
"Very good recipe. I used nutmeg and ground ginger in addition to the cinnamon, and finely ground raw apple in place of pineapple, with excellent results. To make it into a birthday cake, I spread apple butter between the layers and poured an orange maple glaze on top -- really delicious and not too heavy after a big dinner. (For the glaze: melt 2 T. butter, heat with 1/4 c. pure maple syrup and the zest of an orange, then whisk in 1 c. powdered sugar. Pour immediately over the cooled cake.)"
"Frosted this delicious cake with recipe #55530! I am on WW and was glad to find a healthy cake that I would enjoy! Made it for Easter and it was a hit!! Used maple syrup instead of honey was the only change I made! Thanks for sharing! :)"
"Truly delicious. The only change I made was more spices. I'm a big fan of extra spices, so added ginnger, cloves, and nutmeg, (and extra cinnamon, of course). I made topped one 8x8 with Recipe #168836 which was fantastic, and froze the other one to enjoy later. P.S. this is even better the second day, moist, flavorful, fantabulous."
"Seriously, ONE THOUSAND STARS!! I made this as cupcakes (took 18 minutes to bake) for my son's 2nd birthday and got 24 lovely cupcakes. I added vanilla, as suggested by others, subbed applesauce for 1/2 the oil and added some chopped dates since I had some extra laying around. I frosted them with a lemon cream cheese icing, but thought they were spectacular without anything at all. Thanks so much for posting, I wish I had a reason to use this recipe more often!"
"Good carrot cake, really liked it with the whole wheat flour. Made a couple sub's; omitted pineapple and added toasted coconut and increased the oil a bit, reduced the amount of cinnamon to 1 t and added 2 t ground ginger (just a personal preference). I baked it in a 9 X 13 glass pan, but had to add about 20 minutes to the baking time with foil over the top for the last 15. Very good, wholesome taste. Made with my own burnt butter cream cheese frosting. Thanks for posting!"
"Great cake! Dense and moist. I used pecans for the walnuts and also added raisins. Frosted with the basic cream cheese frosting. Thank you for posting this, I think it would translate well with (sweated) zucchini too."
"I created a membership here just to add my review. Thank you so much "A Messy Cook"! The entire family kept going back to the cake pan to nibble on this light, flavorful carrot cake. I used 1-3/4 cup whole-wheat flour and 1/4 cup organic oat flour. I loved that 1-1/2 cups oil WAS NOT called for like other carrot cake recipes. Since my husband mistakenly picked up jumbo eggs at the market, this is what was used. The cake was amazingly light for a carrot cake. The cake was frosted with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (7-Minute frosting made with reduced maple syrup whipped into egg whites, whipped cool, then cream cheese and butter whipped in with a half tsp maple flavoring and salt) Thank you for sharing."
"Absolutely fantastic recipe. We've been avoiding eating white flour. It is so nice to find a recipe with whole wheat that tastes so good, not heavy. An amazing cake. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Delicious, doesn't even need the frosting."
"Made this cake for Thanksgiving in two 9-inch cake pans. What a great recipe! I did what some of the other reviews advised - halved the oil and made up the difference with unsweetened applesauce. It came out beautifully and paired perfectly with light cream cheese frosting: 1 stick 1/3 fat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. The cake was moist enough that just one batch of frosting covered the entire cake plus a later inside. I even had enough left to pipe a little carrot design (sort of)! I posted a picture in case anyone would like to see another example of the recipe. I will definitely be making it again!!"
"This is a great recipe..but I like others left out oil and put in 3/4 cup applesauce,also added 1 tsp of ginger and nutmeg.I also made 1 loaf pan cake and the rest into muffins.But this is such an awesome recipe with no sugar,no oil.I also used unsweet applesauce."
"Anyone know if I can omit the walnuts or replace them with a non-tree nut? My husband has severe tree nut allergies and this recipe sounds amazing. I have carrots from my garden that I'd like to use..."
"Let's put it this way...I'm making this again right now! Sooo yummy!"
"I made this as a healthy birthday cake alternative for a friend at work and got rave reviews. Very moist and flavorful. I used regular whole wheat flour vs. white whole wheat flour and it still looked great."
"Amazing! Moist and delicious! Added some vanilla like others suggested. Thank you for posting!"
"Made this recipe into 24 cupcakes, baked 20 min @ 350 F. Really fantabulous-good and moist, not heavy; a keeper recipe! However, needs vanilla; a cream cheese icing with vanilla should rectify this. Thank you, A Messy Cook!!"
"I had this cake yesterday...without tweaking the recipe at all...it came out very well except that their was slight smell of eggs ....maybe a tsp of vanilla is missing...which would rectify that....."
"This cake was wonderful!! Made it for the first time for the holidays....it was loved by everyone. Nobody knew that it was made without sugar. I did add a little coconut to batter before baking. I iced the cake with #187817- cream cheese whipped cream frosting."
"I've shared this recipe with a lot of my friends and it's always been a hit. I's not just how tasty and moist it is but also the fact that it is very healthy and easy to do. I used regular whole wheat and half the honey. It is delicious, if you try it, you won't be wasting your time!"