The best carrot cake recipes 5 times different – a healthy dessert that will amaze you

Do you want to snack, but not gain weight?

Bake a carrot cake that not only tastes great, but also contains a lot of vitamin A.

It is the carrot that gives the cake the right sweet taste, and your snacking becomes all the lighter!

Prepare one of the simple recipes for carrot cake, whether with nuts, cottage cheese, mascarpone or walnut.

Nut and carrot cake

Choose any nuts you want. Although I mention walnuts in the recipe, you can also use pecans, hazelnuts or even cashews. To make the dough more elastic, you can add grated apple.


  • 2 cups semi-coarse flour
  • 3 large grated carrots
  • 1 grated apple
  • 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown/cane sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g of full-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon peel
  • 1.5 cups of powdered sugar
  • Walnuts for decoration


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease the cake tin – line the base and sides with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, gingerbread spice and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add cane sugar, grated carrot, apple, chopped walnuts, oil and egg.
  • Mix everything properly and then pour into the mold.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Using a mixer, beat the cottage cheese and lemon zest until smooth and gradually beat in the icing sugar.
  • Spread the frosting on the baked cake, garnish with walnuts and serve.
Walnut Carrot Cake

Healthy carrot cake with yogurt

Carrot cake is a pretty healthy dessert in itself. But why not make it even more fit? Use yogurt instead of cottage cheese and almond milk instead of cow’s milk.

Cake ingredients

  • 1.5 cups spelled flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Ingredients for the frosting

  • 1.5 cups of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and brush the baking tray with coconut oil.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves in a bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, Greek yogurt, and almond milk.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the grated carrot, raisins and pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely to room temperature before spreading the frosting.
  • Make the frosting by mixing together Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then spread the frosting on the cooled cake.
  • Let the frosting set for 1-2 hours before slicing and serving.
yogurt-carrot cake

Carrot cake with orange mascarpone

This recipe is special thanks to the orange mascarpone, which gives the cake a fresh summer taste.

Cake ingredients

  • 130 g of sugar
  • 120 ml of sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs
  • juice and grated peel from one orange
  • Seeds from half a vanilla pod
  • 240 g of wholemeal flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 1 pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large grated carrots
  • A handful of chopped walnuts
  • A handful of chopped almonds
  • Pistachios for sprinkling.

Cream ingredients

  • 250g of Italian mascarpone
  • 100g of powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of ½ orange


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the wet ingredients – sugar, oil, eggs, pod seeds and zest with the orange juice.
  • Next, in a bowl, mix the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and ground cinnamon.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the mixture is completely combined.
  • Finally, add the grated carrot and nuts.
  • Grease a cake tin with butter and sprinkle lightly with sugar, then pour in the batter, being careful not to cover more than ⅔ of the tin.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, beat the mascarpone cheese with the sugar until you get a smooth cream.
  • Add freshly grated orange peel and juice.
  • When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  • Cut the cake in half horizontally and spread the cream. Spread the cream on top of the cake as well.
  • Finally, sprinkle with crushed pistachios and serve.
Carrot cake sprinkled with pistachios

Do you have a surplus of apples? Also try one of these easy apple cake recipes !

Simple flourless carrot cake

Try this recipe without flour yourself. Not only is it gluten-free, it also tastes great and contains fewer calories.


  • 1 ½ cups unsalted roasted almonds (1.5 cups)
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (1.5 tsp)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3-4 grated carrots


  • Heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a cake tin with butter or coconut oil or line it with baking paper.
  • Combine the almonds and brown sugar in a food processor. Blend until the almonds are finely ground.
  • Then add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest.
  • Beat the eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with an electric beater.
  • Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until the mixture forms snow.
  • Add the vanilla, almond mixture and grated carrot to the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin, place in the oven and bake for one hour until the cake is firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool completely after baking and then serve.
  • You can spread it with, for example, yogurt or cottage cheese.
Flourless carrot cake

Carrot cake with cream cheese

Finally, you can prepare a carrot cake with cottage cheese, which will surely please not only children’s taste buds!

Cake ingredients

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown/cane sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of gingerbread spice
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • 3 grated carrots
  • ¾ cup of ground nuts or raisins

Ingredients for the frosting

  • 1 tub of full-fat cottage cheese
  • 50g room temperature butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Ground nuts for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a cake tin with butter and sprinkle with flour.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, gingerbread spice and cloves.
  • Stir in the grated carrots to coat them in the flour (this will help extract as much color as possible).
  • Add the loose mixture to the wet mixture and mix well. Then add pieces of nuts or raisins.
  • Pour the batter into the mold and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely after baking.
  • For the frosting, beat the cottage cheese and butter until smooth, add half the caster sugar, vanilla and lemon juice, then beat in the remaining caster sugar.
  • Cut the cooled cake in half horizontally. Apply a sufficient amount of cream on top of one half and the same on top of the other and on the sides.
  • Finally, sprinkle the cake with nuts and serve.
Carrot cake with cottage cheese

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To help wash down your cake, check out these great and healthy carrot smoothie recipes . There is no better way to use up the carrots you have in the fridge.

Enjoy your meal!

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