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Sweet and dense cake filled with carrots, spices and nuts, and topped with a creamy cinnamon cream cheese frosting. This Sugar Free Carrot Cake is everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a low carb carrot cake recipe!
How to Make Low Carb Carrot Cake
Is it possible to make a low carb keto carrot cake? Absolutely! All you need are a few different ingredients, a little ingenuity, and a bit of time!
Fortunately for you, I’ve already done all of the work – so all you need to do now is make it yourself! I promise, you won’t regret it!
Gather Healthy Ingredients
The first step is to gather your ingredients. I always find my recipes go much smoother and quicker when I have gathered all the ingredients before-hand.
I chose to use Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend in this recipe, but if you do not have the Baking Blend, you have two options.
- Make your own using this great recipe!
- You can use an equal blend of almond flour, coconut flour, and flax meal to replace the Baking Blend. (This will change the nutritional facts, of course.)
This recipe also calls for Gentle Sweet, a powdered sweetener made with xylitol, erythritol, and stevia. But again, if you do not have it, you can easily make your own low carb powdered sugar!
Or you can use Pyure (available at most Walmarts and Grocery stores), but be sure to cut the amount of sweetener used in half, as it is about twice as sweet as Gentle Sweet.
Mix your Gluten Free Carrot Cake
Since there is no butter to cream in this recipe, I begin by mixing the dry ingredients first. The Baking Blend, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and Gentle Sweet are all combined in a large bowl.
Then add the wet ingredients – grated carrots (I used a grater like this one), eggs, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and HOT water. (You want the water to be very warm – if it is cold, it will solidify the coconut oil.)
Prepare your Cake Pans for Baking
Cut out a circle of parchment paper that fits evenly into the bottom of your cake pan, and spray the sides of the pan well with coconut oil spray.
Then simply pour the cake batter into two 8 inch round cake pans, and bake!
See how simple that is?!
Make Carrot Cake Frosting
Several people taste tested this cake for me, and one of them declared that the Carrot Cake Icing was the BEST part. She said “the cake is good, but I could eat a whole bowlful of that frosting!”
I would tend to agree with her – the frosting really makes the cake! I chose to add just a touch of cinnamon to this cream cheese frosting, and it really adds something extra special!
It is important when using cream cheese in a frosting that you allow the cream cheese to set out long enough to fully come to room temperature.
I have often tried to speed up the process by microwaving the cream cheese, but that generally leads to lumpy frosting (bad idea)!
The key here is to have patience. If you know you are going to be baking the cake later in the day, set out your cream cheese several hours in advance so it has time to fully come to room temperature!
I chose not to frost the sides of the carrot cake, but you certainly can if you prefer. You could even make a little extra carrot cake frosting, and pipe some pretty flowers on the top!
Are Carrots High in Carbs?
Perhaps you have heard that carrots are too high in carbs to be considered a “low carb vegetable.”
The truth is that carrots are higher in carbs than other low carb vegetables, but with only 4 net carbs for one medium carrot, they can be enjoyed in moderation.
If you are a Trim Healthy Mama, the amount of carrots in this cake still fits well within the THM-S category!
This healthy carrot cake recipe only calls for 1 cup of grated carrots, which only contains 8 grams of net carbs. Spread out over the 12 servings of cake, you can see that it does not equal very many carbs per serving.
Other Low Carb Carrot Recipes
If you do not have the THM Baking Blend, you can use an equal mix of almond flour, coconut flour, and flax meal. If you do not have Gentle Sweet, you can use my Low Carb Powdered Sugar in equal amounts, or use Pyure and cut the measurement in half. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size 1 Slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 326 Total Fat 29g Carbohydrates 10g Fiber 6g Protein 8g
If you do not have the THM Baking Blend, you can use an equal mix of almond flour, coconut flour, and flax meal.
If you do not have Gentle Sweet, you can use my Low Carb Powdered Sugar in equal amounts, or use Pyure and cut the measurement in half.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.