Carrot Cake

Layer cake dessert
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
482 Calories
25g Fat
60g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 482
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 499mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 8g
Calcium 109mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cake is a favorite of mine, and it is great for everything from kids' birthday parties and holidays to an informal weeknight dessert. (Somehow cake is always easier to justify when there are carrots in it!)

Makes one 3-layer cake.


  • 2 cups flour (white)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 2 cups carrots (grated)
  • 1 cup pineapple (chopped fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup walnuts (ground)
  • 1/4 cup rice milk (plain, such as Rice Dream)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil and flour a 9” Springform Pan, tapping out the excess flour.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt.

  3. In a food processor, combine the pineapple, canola oil, applesauce, egg whites, rice milk, vinegar and vanilla until well combined. Add the pineapple mixture to the dry ingredients and stir in the carrots and walnuts until evenly incorporated.

  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake, until a tooth inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely, slice into layers and frost with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting or other Dairy-Free Frosting of your choice.