Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

A Healthy(ish) Cake!

Say hello to your snack for the week, my friends: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots & apple sauce, and it contains zero butter or dairy. The optional chocolate cream cheese frosting is definitely not “healthy”, but it is insanely delicious on this cake. The cream cheese gives it a slight tangy taste while the chocolate does what chocolate does best – nurtures the deepest parts of your soul.

Pro Tip: grate the carrots on a micro plane or using the finest holes on your grater. Squeeze the water out of the grated carrots between your hands. Then measure out one cup of all that biotin, Vitamin A, potassium and Vitamin K! Don’t use shredded carrots from the store, as they’ll be too chunky in your smooth carrot cake.

Ahh, doesn’t it taste great to be healthy? 😉

The Perfect Snacking Cake

First of all, a snacking cake is a perfectly sweet and scrumptious treat you keep on your counter and nibble at throughout the week. It’s that cake where it barely stays covered under the lid or plastic wrap because you’re constantly slicing bites and slivers off to munch on, because it’s that good. It’s not your three layer birthday cake or your complicated anniversary cake. Snacking cakes are simple cakes that come together in one bowl. They bake quickly, require simple ingredients you probably have on hand, are optionally frosted, and taste addictively delicious.

This carrot cake is the perfect snacking cake because the grated carrot and applesauce help keep the cake moist. I made mine on Saturday and I’m still snacking on it four days later. And it’s still just as fresh and moist as the day this baby came out of the oven! Store your snacking cake in an airtight container or under plastic wrap for quick access at any time of the day or night.

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Easy & Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Say hello to your snack for the week: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots, apple sauce, and zero butter or dairy. The chocolate cream cheese frosting gives it a slight tangy taste that goes perfectly with this sweet, moist and fresh cake. Serve it to the crowd or snack on it throughout the week!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword applesauce, cake ideas, carrot, carrot cake, chocolate cream cheese frosting, chocolate frosting, dairy free, dairy free recipes, healthy cake, healthy sweet snacks, homemade cream cheese frosting, november, snacking cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author strawberryandcream

Ingredients

Carrot Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1 cup grated carrot, with the water squeezed out (about three large carrots)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature (½ stick)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions

Carrot Cake

  • Preheat the oven 350°F.
    Grate the carrots on a micro plane or the smallest holes on a grater. Squeeze out the water from the grated carrots in your hands and measure one cup of the drained grated carrots.
  • Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until it is smooth and pale. (About four minutes with a hand mixer.)
  • Whisk in the vegetable oil, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients until there's no more dry flour visible.
  • Fold in the drained, grated carrots until it's evenly mixed.
  • Pour the batter (it will be very thick) into an 8-inch x 8-inch baking dish. 
    Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick of knife comes out of the center clean (not gooey.) Let cool to come to room temperature before frosting.
    Once the cake comes out of the oven, that is a good time to set out the cream cheese to come to room temperature for the frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the room temperature butter and cream cheese until it is a smooth, light and fluffy mixture. (About three to five minutes with a hand mixer.)
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time, whisking the mixture until it's smooth and creamy after every addition.
  • Add the cocoa powder and whisk until it's smooth and creamy frosting. Frost the carrot cake to add a little chocolate love to your healthy cake!

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

18 thoughts on “Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

  1. infinitelyadaydreamer – Sydney – hey there, I'm Maryam! A minimalist, intersectional feminist, lifestyle + wellness blogger and creatively driven teen from sunny Sydney. I'm an aspiring interior designer and self proclaimed iced coffee fanatic. Welcome to infinitelyadaydreamer, a home for all my internal musings. I hope you'll stay a while x
    infinitelyadaydreamer says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! Carrot cake is my favourite and I love this twist on cream cheese icing. Gorgeous photos also x

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!!! I hope you get to try it! Carrot cake is one of my faves too!!

  2. I had the privilege of being hand delivered a sample of this cake from her. And I’m not kidding, this has to be one of the best snacking cakes EVER. I really want more whenever you make it again, please!!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you for being my guinea pig on this cake (and sorry for the first attempt at this cake that looked like baked baby food…) lol I would give you more buuuut I ate the rest

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Hahaha! Next time YOU can share with ME!!

  3. Markus + Micah – We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.
    Markus + Micah says:

    Love carrot cake and I can just use your frosting as a blanket. Wow!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Lol!! A blanket of frosting… why did I never think of that!?

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!! I really wanted chocolate with this cake, and I was considering putting chocolate chips in the carrot cake. But this chocolate cream cheese frosting is the right amount of sweet + tang + indulgence for this healthier cake I think

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Haha exactly! It’s all about balance, right?

  4. LaDonna Remy – United States – I am a trauma and attachment therapist, who works in a private practice setting. My passion is in exploring and supporting exploration of the human condition. I love writing, reading, learning, exploring nature, and spending time in connection with those I love. My blog, Perspective on Trauma. shares thoughts on a variety of topics including social justice, emotional well-being, trauma and attachment, grief and loss, and moving forward. I am hopeful you will find something that speaks to you here. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
    LaDonna Remy says:

    This looks really wonderful. I’m going to give this a try!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Please do! It’s such a simple recipe and comes together in just a single bowl = less dishes to clean!

      1. LaDonna Remy – United States – I am a trauma and attachment therapist, who works in a private practice setting. My passion is in exploring and supporting exploration of the human condition. I love writing, reading, learning, exploring nature, and spending time in connection with those I love. My blog, Perspective on Trauma. shares thoughts on a variety of topics including social justice, emotional well-being, trauma and attachment, grief and loss, and moving forward. I am hopeful you will find something that speaks to you here. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
        LaDonna Remy says:

  5. This cake looks insanely delicious. Love its texture!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you! I hope you get to make it and try it!

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