Keto carrot cake, the perfect solution for those on a low carb ketogenic diet missing carrot cake. It’s bursting with flavor and frosted with a rich cream cheese frosting for the ultimate treat.
Fasten your seatbelts because I am about to share with you a fabulous keto carrot cake recipe that’s going to make your keto lifestyle a delicious breeze. This recipe is a beauty and I can’t wait to share all the details with you.
If you’re a regular reader of our blog then you know that the recipes I share with you usually start out as a craving for the traditional high carb version.
The way I saw it, if I was missing carrot cake there had to be others who did too. Or maybe that was just my way of making sure I didn’t drag my feet in making a keto carrot cake. Just keeping it real, since the majority of my recipes usually start with me having a bit of an internal battle.
All I can say is that once you try this rich keto carrot cake, you’ll be happy I was missing this American classic.
Staying Strong On Keto
Come January of this year it will be five years since Randy and I decided to make a ketogenic diet a lifestyle choice. I must tell you that even writing that down sounds quite surreal to this girl. Given my past addiction to sweets, it’s pretty incredible that I’ve stayed the course consistently for this length of time.
Then again, I will admit that creating recipes like this keto carrot cake to replace the sugar-loaded ones I used to enjoy have made the lifestyle not only possible, but a lot easier.
I’m also very grateful that it was a journey that we took as a couple. Randy and I linked arms and made a decision to fight for our health together. It’s not only been a blessing to our health but even our marriage has grown stronger.
Although, having low carb keto recipes to stay on track has been an important factor, I don’t think we would have remained committed if it wasn’t for the fact that we chose to combine the keto diet with our Christian faith.
Let’s get something clear, because I don’t ever want you to think that staying the course comes always easy for us. Trust me, we get tempted just like everyone else who has made a decision to cut out junk food from their diet.
But we’ll also be the first to admit that we get lots of help from above. So, we never feel like we have to rely on just our strength alone. Thank you Jesus for your grace!
Yes, it’s a fact that with each passing day, month and year the keto lifestyle has become more sustainable. However, that doesn’t mean that turning down our favorite high carb foods is something we do effortlessly.
I just think that given the transformation we experienced with keto, it had to become an integral part of our lives. It’s why I can’t ever imagine us going back to our old way of eating. We’ve understood the consequences of cheating and how it’s just not worth putting our health at risk again.
Staying committed to the keto diet has given us a new lease on life. It’s been amazing to see how much our bodies thank us for taking better care of it. If you knew a little about our health journey, you would understand why I am so grateful that the Lord clearly instructed us to do a low carb diet and why we see ourselves doing keto for the rest of our lives.
Now that I’ve taken a little time to give my Jesus the shout-out He alone deserves, I am ready to share my keto carrot cake recipe for you to also enjoy.
Pushing Past Hurdles
So, I’ve been tossing with the idea of transforming my old recipe for carrot cake into a low carb option for a good bit now. Some would say my desire to create not just a good enough keto carrot cake, but an amazing one caused me to stall its creation.
I’ll admit that when it comes to creating keto recipes my quest for perfection can be a bit of a hurdle. I think this is partly due to the fact, that I kinda enjoy just letting my mind swirl with the idea of the recipe beforehand. Then once I’ve gone over every possible scenario I feel like I can walk into my kitchen to start creating.
But in the case of this recipe, I think I kept avoiding the creation of a carrot cake that was low in carbs, because I was afraid it wouldn’t measure up to my expectations.
I also was not too sure about sharing a recipe that featured carrots as a main ingredient on the blog. For the simple reason that I know some diehard keto people won’t even allow carrots into their diet.
But it’s always been my aim to accommodate as many people as possible with my recipes so that no one feels excluded. Which is why my last post was a guide for vegetarians wanting to do keto.
Creating The Ultimate Keto Carrot Cake
Thankfully, although carrots are a root vegetable, in their natural state they are still pretty low in sugar/carbs. And when you consider that I only used two cups of grated carrots in this low carb carrot cake, it’s not a prohibitive option, at least for most people doing keto.
Yes, my keto carrot cake may be a tad higher in carbs, but if you factor in the fiber in this recipe, plus properly keto meal plan you can safely include it.
Eliminating A Food Craving
I’m happy to report that this low carb carrot cake completely obliterated my craving for traditional carrot cake and allowed me to remain faithful to the lifestyle.
My keto carrot cake is jammed packed with flavor. This is due in part, because I was quite generous with the spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. But also because it was frosted with a rich keto cream cheese frosting and yes the frosting recipe is included. You’re welcome.
Lisa’s Love Of Carrot Cake
Now before I go any further, I must take a moment to tell you that as much as I love a great slice of carrot cake, there is someone in our family that loves carrot cake even more. Yup, hands down that award would have to go to my baby sister Lisa.
She’ll be the first to tell you that given the choice between any other type of cake she will always vote for the carrot cake option. I really haven’t asked her what she loves most about carrot cake. However if I were to guess, I think the combination of cream cheese frosting and perfectly spiced carrot cake has to be it.
Let’s face it, a rich cream cheese frosting should top every great carrot cake. So, I’ve created the dreamiest keto cream cheese frosting to go right along with it. It’s a generous amount of frosting but who wouldn’t want a little extra to enjoy long after the keto cake is gone?
I’m embarrassed to say that my keto carrot cake has not yet been sampled by my little sis. Pray she is able to forgive me for this.
Lisa if you’re reading this, know that I had you on my mind the entire time I was developing this recipe and that I promise to make you your very own carrot cake soon. How about a keto carrot cake for your birthday next month?
Something you should know is that although Lisa loves her carrot cakes, the chances of her ever making one from scratch are pretty slim. LOL. Darn sibling rivalry, it still pops its head every once in a while.
Now don’t misunderstand me, Lisa has many talents, but baking from scratch just aint one of them. But that’s ok, because she’s got me for a sister.
She might not have had the baking gene passed down to her. But don’t feel sorry for her, because she got the lion’s share when it came to beauty genes. So yeah, there’s that.
Lisa may not yet bake from scratch, notice I said yet. But she will let you know very matter of factly, that she can however make the most amazing carrot cake out of a box.
I bet that if I visited her kitchen cupboards, I would find a box of carrot cake sitting on a shelf waiting for her.
My plan is that after she tastes my keto carrot cake, she’ll be so swooned by it, that she’ll finally decide to give the low carb lifestyle a try. LOL, yes I’m willing to bribe her.
But this girl is determined to see her baby sis at least give keto a fair attempt. Knowing that if it helped me, it could also benefit her on her journey to better health.
Steps To Making The Perfect Keto Carrot Cake
Like I mentioned earlier a good carrot cake in my book strikes the perfect balance of sweetness to spice. It also needs to be moist, because a dry carrot cake just isn’t very appealing.
One bite of my keto carrot cake should remind you that just because you’ve chosen to adopt a ketogenic lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you have to forget the classic recipes you grew up on.
Let me start off by saying, that the vast majority of my recipes are very easy to make and have minimal steps. In the case of my keto carrot cake recipe, it has a few more steps than my usual offerings.
It’s why I decided to explain the recipe a littler more than normal. So, rest assure that I am here to guide you each step of the way.
Assembling The Right Baking Tools
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Let’s start off by making sure you have all the necessary baking tools to execute this recipe. If what you are wanting is a two layer keto carrot cake, than you will need two 9 inch baking pans.
You will also need parchment paper. For the sake of convenience, you might want to use pre-cut parchment rounds. Of course you could also just cut out the rounds yourself. The reason for the parchment paper is so that you can easily unmold your cakes.
If you rather keep things simpler and don’t want to fuss with making it a two layer cake, then you can of course bake the keto carrot cake in a 13×9 oblong pan and even frost it in the pan instead.
Follow The Instructions Exactly
If you know something about baking, you know it’s a bit of science project. So if you want consistent results, you’ll need to follow my instructions for my keto carrot cake exactly. A recipe like this is not like my keto cream cheese pound cake that you can easily customize.
Yes, you can opt to use let’s say a different type of nut, but everything else should remain the same. Otherwise, I can’t guarantee the same results.
Lets begin by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees, and greasing and lining your baking pans. The next step is grating your carrots.
In this recipe I suggest you not use pre-cut grated carrots because they are much drier and you need the moisture that freshly grated carrots impart.
The next step will be to combine all the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add your almond flour, spices, sea salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix well to incorporate all the ingredients.
Now measure out both the shredded unsweetened coconut and chopped pecans and keep them nearby. You will add these last to your keto carrot cake batter.
Mixing All Your Keto Carrot Cake Ingredients
When it comes to choosing a favorite baking tool, my Kitchen Aid mixer makes the top of the list. If you don’t yet own one you can of course also use a hand mixer to combine all your ingredients. It’s important to use an electric option though so that you get enough aeration in the batter.
Start by beating on high your softened butter with the two sugar substitutes. You’ll notice that besides using my favorite brand of erythitol I also use surkin gold in this recipe. If you’re not familiar with surkin, it’s a great substitute for brown sugar.
The use of surkin gold makes a difference in this keto carrot cake, so I wouldn’t omit it if you want to ensure the same results.
Once your sugar substitutes and butter are light and fluffy you can begin to add your eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Now that, that’s done, you can proceed to add the grated carrots to the mix. Note: Make sure that when you measure out the two cups of grated carrots that you do not over pack the measuring cup.
After stirring in the carrots, add the heavy whipping cream to the batter and mix well to combine.
It’s now time to add your dry ingredients. Set the mixer to the medium low setting and gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet batter. Once all the dry ingredients have been added, you can then fold in the grated coconut and pecans.
At this point you’re ready to add your keto carrot cake batter to the cake pans. Do your best to evenly distribute the batter between both 9 inch pans. Or go the easy route and use the one large pan.
Place your keto carrot cake pans in the middle rack of your oven and bake between 30-35 minutes. Your low carb carrot cake will be done when you touch the center and it bounces gently back. You could also insert a tooth pick to check for doneness.
Particularly when making a layer cake you don’t want to overdo the inserting of tooth picks to check if it’s cooked, since doing so could mess with the structure of the cake.
The last thing you want is for your cake to break in half as you unmold it. But no need to panic because even this can be remedied with my delicious keto cream cheese frosting. You do know that keto frosting fixes everything?
Creating The Perfect Keto Cream Cheese Frosting
While your cake is baking you want to make your keto cream cheese frosting. To do so beat on high the softened cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Making sure to scrape the bowl several times in the process.
Beat on high-speed for about 2-3 minutes. Note: that you want to use your whipping attachment to get the best results. Or use the hand-held mixer if you do not own the Kitchen Aid attachment. The point is you want something with a little power for best results.
Next add the swerve confectioners sugar. It really needs to be a powdered erythritol if you want to achieve the perfect consistency. If you haven’t tried Swerve’s version of powdered sugar, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.
It plays an important role in this keto cream cheese frosting recipe. So do yourself a favor and get yourself some. Trust me you’ll be happy I introduced you to it.
To the now perfectly blended cream cheese batter add the heavy whipping cream a couple of tablespoons at a time. Making sure you are still beating at high-speed as you add the cream.
The keto cream cheese frosting should come together rather quickly at this point, so don’t over mix. You don’t want the heavy cream to start to turn into butter. What you are looking for is that the addition of cream to your frosting actually makes it fluffier. This should take no more than 2 minutes to achieve, maybe less.
Set the frosting aside on your kitchen counter in an area that is not too warm. You really don’t want to refrigerate your frosting at this point because it will then be harder to spread.
Unmolding Your Keto Carrot Cakes
By now your keto carrot cakes should be ready for you to take out of the oven. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before unmolding. Then place them on a cake rack to completely cool. Remember if you’re impatient and don’t wait, the warm cake will melt the frosting right off. Y esto no es bueno (not good).
Frosting Your Keto Carrot Cake
Once your cake is completely cool you are ready to assemble and frost your keto carrot cake. Remove the parchment paper rounds from your cake. The side that had the parchment paper is the one you will frost.
Note: before adding the cake to a round plate or cake stand, arrange 3 small pieces of parchment in a triangle shape on the cake platter. This way as you frost your keto cake, the platter can remain clean.
Once your cake is completely frosted you can gently slide out the parchment paper from underneath the cake. This added step just helps you keep thing neater.
Place the first cake layer on the plate and add about 1/2 cup of frosting making sure to spread evenly to the edges. Add the second layer and repeat the same steps you did with the first layer.
Next spread a generous amount of frosting to the top of the cake spreading the excess frosting to the edges of the cake. Gently smooth the frosting down the sides of the cake. Add more frosting to the sides of the cake until it has been fully coated.
Lastly, sprinkle your keto cream cheese cake with the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.
I sure hope you will give this ultimate keto carrot cake recipe a try. Once you do, make sure you remember to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. It’s what keeps this girl encouraged to keep sharing and perfecting her recipes for you.
I’ll be sure to let you know what my baby sis thinks about the keto carrot cake once I make it for her birthday.
Keto Carrot Cake Recipe
The ultimate recipe for keto carrot cake. It's the perfect balance between spices and sweetness. This recipe produces a moist delicious keto cake.
1 hr, 15 Prep Time
35 minCook Time
1 hr, 50 Total Time
- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- ½ cup surkin Gold or other brown sugar substitute
- 1 cup of sugar substitute ( I use Swerve)
- 5 eggs
- 2 ½ cups of finely milled almond flour
- ½ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
- 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 2 cups of loosely packed freshly grated carrots
- 1 ½ cups of roughly chopped pecans (reserve ½ cup for topping)
- ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 12 ounces of full fat cream cheese
- 3/4 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 ¼ cup sugar substitute (I use Swerve Confectioners)
- ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease both the bottom and sides of two 9 inch pans.
- Line the cake pans with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl cream the butter and both sugar substitutes until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Add the ½ cup of heavy whipping cream and combine well.
- Add freshly grated carrots and mix well till fully combined.
- In another bowl combine the almond flour, baking powder, spices.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Lastly, stir in the chopped pecans, and shredded coconut.
- Transfer the batter evenly between the two prepared baking pans. Bake for 35-minutes or until done.
- Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool thoroughly.
- While the cake cools make the cream cheese frosting.
- Beat on high speed the softened cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Making sure to scrap the bowl several times.
- Beat this mixture on high between 2-3 minutes. Note: you want to use your whipping attachment to get the best results. Or use your egg beaters if you do not own this attachement.
- Next add the swerve confectioners sugar a little at a time.
- To the blended cream cheese frosting batter add the heavy whipping cream a couple of tablespoons at a time on high until light and airy. About 2 minutes. This recipe makes 4 1/2 cups of frosting.
- When the cakes have cooled completely place the first layer onto a cake plate.
- Add about 1/2 cup of frosting to the center of the first layer making sure to spread evenly.
- Add the next cake layer on top of the first and the add about another 1/2 cup of cream cheese frosting to the center of the second layer.
- Spread frosting evenly to edge of the cake.
- With the remainder of the cream cheese frosting, frost the sides and top of the cake.
- Top the frosted cake with 1/2 of cup of chopped pecans.
Note: The food label includes the keto cream cheese frosting
Our Favorite Meal Planning Tool
If you are looking for an easy way to plan your low carb keto meals then stay with me a little longer as I share our favorite planning tool.
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Using Real Plans as your keto meal planner will free up your time by streamlining the entire process. I hope you agree with me that last thing anyone needs, is to spend hours attempting to put a meal plan together.
This isn’t just any meal plan though. It’s one that populates a shopping list tailored to how much time you have and the ingredients you prefer to cook with.
One of the features that I love is that you can customize the meal plan to fit the diet of everyone in your family. If that’s not enough, you can add any recipe from the web to be part of your plan in one easy step. So now you can even use my recipes to meal plan with quickly.
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So consider giving Real Plans a try. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it will take the hassle out of your keto meal planning.