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Eggless Carrot Cake – One Layer

Moist Eggless Carrot Cake Recipe – Simple to make from scratch, perfectly delicious with lots of fresh carrots, toasted pecans and raisins. It’s heavenly topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting.

If you love incorporating more carrots into your cooking, then check out recipes like Carrot Walnut Cake, Carrot Muffins with Almond Flour, Carrot Oatmeal and Carrot Soup.

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frosted single layer eggless carrot cake on a stand.

Eggless Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a fabulous option not only for Easter but also for birthdays. It’s a great birthday cake when you want have a cake but with less guilt! My favorite part of a one layer cake is that it is perfect when you are celebrating with just your family and don’t want to bake a big layer cake.

This cake without eggs is quick, uses no pineapple, easy to make, and utterly delicious. You can make this quickly without any of fancy equipment but also a cinch to make. So if you’re looking for an egg free make-ahead dessert whose taste and texture won’t be compromised, make this! A total classic.

Secret to Moist Cake

  1. Buttermilk – Buttermilk is a tenderizer, making baked goods moist right from the start. It also keeps it from being too sweet and gives it a rich, buttery taste.
  2. Oil – Butter makes a great tasting dessert, however a recipe that has tons of flavor from other ingredients like this, a flavorless oil works amazing in making a moist baked product. Another bonus with using oil, it stays soft even when served cold.
  3. Brown sugar – Carrot cake recipes are generally sweetened with mostly white granulated sugar. This just sweetens it whereas brown sugar adds moisture and also a deep molasses flavor. The balance of a combination added much needed sweetness, moisture and caramel notes!
  4.  Finely grated carrots – Carrots grated in the coarse side of the box grater, adds so much more moisture. Please do not use pre shedded carrots.

Can I make into a layer cake?

Sure can! Double the cake batter recipe to make two 8-inch cakes (bake in two pans) and double the frosting recipe (we recommend tripling the frosting recipe if frosting on the sides as well).

What does it taste like?

It’s deeply moist, not overly sweet, looks dense yet soft, hearty with lots of carrots, pecans and raisins (it’s “almost” a healthy dessert). Most of the flavor comes from grated carrot, pecans, cinnamon and vanilla.

How to toast pecans?

Toasting the pecans is optional, but you won’t regret doing it. Toasting creates an unparalleled deep nutty flavor. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let them cool down completely before storing. We love to make big batch and store for snacking.

How to make buttermilk?

If you are out of buttermilk, then it is very easy to make your own in a pinch – Mix 1/2 cup regular milk and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let it stand for about 10 minutes. Stir before using. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ain’t a carrot cake without cream cheese frosting! It’s smooth, tangy and is the perfect topping. All you need is block style cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. 

How to make into a birthday cake?

Make into a layered cake, triple the frosting recipe, spoon some into a piping bag (refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up), pipe swirls around the edge and sprinkle the top with rainbow sprinkles.

Ingredients

The ingredients you need are simple and you will most probably have most of them in your kitchen right now! The full recipe is below, but here is a quick overview:

Regular baking ingredients like all purpose flour, baking soda for leavening, ground cinnamon & vanilla extract for flavoring, vegetable oil, white & brown sugar, buttermilk for moistness, lots of finely grated carrots, toasted chopped pecans and golden raisins.

Pro Tips for Success

Pecans and raisins are optional! I know that some people love nuts and raisins in carrot cake, while others cannot stand to add them. These are completely optional, so go with what you love.

Toasted pecans adds a nutty, delicious flavor. Don’t use raw pecans.

Do not use pre shedded carrots. Grate the carrots using the fine side of your box grater.

Use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.

Use a flavorless oil like vegetable or canola oil.

Raisins are optional.

Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Since this is made without eggs which is a key binding ingredient, the cake might have a tendency to break without the parchment.

Make sure that butter and cream cheese is softened to room temperature for a creamy frosting.

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whisking dry ingredients in a glass bowl.

whisking wet ingredients in a bowl.

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grated carrot, pecans and raisins added to the batter.

carrot cake batter in a cake pan.

How to make?

This is pretty easy, but let’s walk through the process together.

Make batter – Whisk all purpose flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Whisk white sugar, brown sugar, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract together until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Stir dry into wet ingredients and then followed by finely grated carrots, chopped pecans and raisins.

Bake – Transfer batter into a greased and parchment lined round pan, spread evenly and bake at 350 degrees F or 177 degrees C for about 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Make cream cheese frosting – Using a hand held electric beater, beat cream cheese and butter, until creamy and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and salt, beat until creamy and light.

Frost – Using a flat spatula or the back of a spoon, spread frosting on top and sprinkle chopped toasted pecans on top.

How to store?

A cream cheese frosted dessert needs to be technically refrigerated, but most bakers (even professional ones) are okay with leaving at room temperature for a day or two (if it is not a hot summer day).

If you wish to store longer, then refrigerate for up to 5 days. Leave at room temperature for at-least an hour before serving.

How to freeze?

This is a great recipe to be made ahead! Wrap the cooled layer in plastic wrap and then in freezer safe gallon bag. Seal well and freeze for up to 2 months. Leave overnight at room temperature before frosting.

Frequently asked questions

Can I skip the raisins?

Absolutely! You can simply leave out the raisins or use dark raisins instead.

How to make frosting without cream cheese?

Use very thick plain greek yogurt instead of cream cheese.

Can I make it nut free?

Sure can! Simply skip the pecans to make with no nuts.

Can I use a 9-inch pan?

Yes! The cake will turn out thinner but still be delicious.

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Eggless Carrot Cake - One Layer

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Moist Eggless Carrot Cake Recipe - Simple to make from scratch, perfectly delicious with lots of fresh carrots, toasted pecans and raisins. It's heavenly topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

Wet ingredients

Addional ingredients

Frosting

  • 2 ounces (56 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (29 g) unsalted butter, room tempearture
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pinch salt

Items used

Instructions

Make Cake


1. Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C), grease a 8-inch round baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. Add all dry ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine.

3. Add all wet ingredients into a larger bowl and whisk for about 1 minute, until smooth. Fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula until just combined (DO NOT OVER MIX). Stir in the carrots, chopped pecans and raisins.

4. Transfer batter into the prepared cake pan, spread evenly and bake for 27 to 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes clean.

5. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely,

Make frosting


1. Add cream cheese and butter into a medium bowl, beat with a electric beater (on high) for about 1 minute or until light and creamy.

2. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and salt, beat for an additional minute or fluffy.

Frost


Spread frosting on top of the cake and sprinkle chopped toasted pecans on top.

Notes

Toast Pecans - Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let them cool down completely before storing. We love to make big batch and store for snacking.

Do not use pre shedded carrots. Grate the carrots using the fine side of your box grater.

Oil - Use a flavorless oil like vegetable or canola oil.

Raisins are optional

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

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