5 from 3 votes
This Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake recipe is my very own made-up recipe; a baker's creation. The Greek yogurt adds that deliciously sour offsetting taste to the sweet buttercream frosting. Toasted almond chips finish that irresistible tasty slice of cake, which goes wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee. #healthiercarrotcake #fallbaking #cleaneating #valyastasteofhome
Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake
Prep Time
55 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

This Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake recipe is my very own made-up recipe; a baker's creation. The Greek yogurt adds that deliciously sour offsetting taste to the sweet buttercream frosting. Toasted almond chips finish that irresistible tasty slice of cake, which goes wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee.

Keyword: clean eating, easy recipe, fall baking, healthier carrot cake, soft and moist cake
Servings: 14
Author: Valya of Valya's Taste of Home
Ingredients
  • Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake Batter Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups (600 g) – all-purpose unbleached organic flour
  • 1 tbsp. (15 g) – ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. (5 g) – baking soda
  • 1 tsp. (5 g) – baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. (1.25 g) – nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. (1.25 g) – sea salt
  • 6 large – eggs
  • 1 cup (200 g) – sugar
  • 1 tsp. (5 g) – pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 g) – unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 cups (400 g) – grated carrots
  • Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake Greek Yogurt Butter Cream Ingredients
  • 16 oz. (454 g) – cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup (200 g) - sugar
  • 2 sticks 226 g – unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup (227 g) – any plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. (5 g) – pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup (165 g) – toasted sliced almonds (walnuts or pecans)
Instructions
  1. Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake Batter Instructions

  2. First thing first, toast sliced almonds (or any chopped nuts) in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes at 350 F (180 C). Set aside to cool completely before topping the cake.

  3. Peel, rinse and grate carrots. Set aside until ready for use.
  4. Next, measure out all dry ingredients, mix them all together with a wire whisk. Set aside until ready for use.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Beat eggs and sugar on high for 5 minutes. Reduce mixing speed to medium/low and add vanilla extract and apple sauce. Mix for another minute or so.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer stand and add mixed dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt) into egg mixture in 4 separate additions. Carefully mix the dry ingredients with each addition trying not to deflate air pockets as much. (I use a wire whisk to mix the first 3 and then a spatula for the last addition of dry ingredients.) Use a large spatula to mix in the grated carrots very carefully in 2 additions.
  7. Divide batter evenly into 2 - 8” baking pans greased with butter (I use a digital scale to weigh batter in pans). Bake in preheated oven at 350 F (180 C) for 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from the oven; let them cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing the cake sponges from pans. Cool sponges completely before slicing and frosting. (If you're short on time, you may bake the sponges the night before and frost them the next morning.)
  8. Healthier Homemade Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  9. Beat softened cream cheese and sugar on high for a minute, scraping down the cream on the sides of the mixer bowl half way through. Add butter, and beat again until combined.
  10. Then add Greek yogurt, beat again for about a minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl in the middle of mixing. Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute.
  11. Carrot Cake Assembling Instructions

  12. Finally, slice each sponge cake in half. Add about 2 cups of cream in between each sponge layer. Push some of that cream off the edges of the sponge, for easier icing of the sides of the cake.

  13. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the remaining cream. Top the cake with toasted and cooled nuts. Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours or overnight (I prefer to keep it the fridge overnight for a moister turnout).
Recipe Notes

To get beautiful and clean slices of cake, warm the knife in hot water and wipe between each slice. It takes a little more time but is worth preventing a sticky mess. I hope you find this tip helpful with slicing all of your cakes.