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Breakfast Carrot Cake | A simple carrot cake recipe without frosting

A delicious, simple, and easy carrot cake recipe made without frosting that is perfect to serve with coffee or warm milk as a breakfast or as an afternoon snack with hot tea.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Healthy snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 medium pieces
Calories 174 kcal


  • oven
  • Baking cake pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula, hand mixer



  • 1 cup grated carrot (2 large)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil or other oil
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt or applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg powder
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup mixed chopped nuts (optional)



  • Peel and wash two large fresh carrots, discarding the skin.
  • Grate the carrots using a small-holed grater. Set aside.
  • Grease a 8" cake pan or a loaf pan with oil or butter.


  • Preheat the oven to 375F (185C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, add one egg, 1/4 cup of white sugar (powdered or superfine granules), 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of oil, 1/3 cup of yogurt, and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk the sugar and wet ingredients well with a hand or electric mixer for five minutes. If you use an electric beater, mix for two minutes in a low setting. The sugar should dissolve completely in the egg mixture.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients one by one. Start with 1.25 cups of whole wheat flour. Add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg for spice. Next add 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • Now add the finely grated carrot and chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, or other nuts if desired. Combine everything together with a spatula gently.
  • Fill the cake batter into the pan, and tap lightly to remove extra air bubbles.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven until done. The baking time may vary depending upon the pan size, consistency of the batter and temperature of the oven. Always keep an eye towards the end (from 20 mins onwards) and check by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean carrot cake is ready.
  • Take out the pan and let cool for a few minutes. Invert the cake and let cool on a rack before serving.


1) This carrot cake recipe can be made without egg. For the eggless version, use little extra yogurt or applesauce (1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup).
2) If you wish to use only brown sugar you can skip white sugar. But make sure the sugar granules are fine enough to blend well. 
3) The use of nuts is completely optional. Nuts give a delicious crunchiness to this carrot cake.


Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1810IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Carrot cake, Easy cake recipes, Healthy carrot cake recipe without frosting, How to make soft carrot cake, Wheat flour carrot cake
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