Low Fat Carrot Cake Recipe - The Best I have Tasted - Using Grape Seed Oil Instead of Butter or Margarine

Best Carrot Cake I have ever tasted
Best Carrot Cake I have ever tasted


The best compliment I received from making this carrot cake is from a boy who frequently visits hotel restaurants. He warmed my heart by saying that it tasted better than the carrot cake from Hilton Hotel. My husband, who is often careful with his diet, couldn’t help himself with a second serving.

It is incredibly delicious. The cake is rich with flavour and moist. Simply scrumptious!

It is healthier than other cake since I use better oil, grape seed oil. Its benefits are mentioned below, after the recipe. Instead of using white sugar, I use brown sugar instead. The health benefits of carrot are well-known, so I will not mention it here.

Recipe Rating

5 stars for Low Fat Carrot Cake Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves 18



Ingredients

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups grape seed oil (or vegetable oil)

2 cups brown sugar (reduce the portion for less sweetness)

(if you use white sugar, 1 to 1.5 cup of sugar is sweet enough)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots

Optional : 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Lemon or Lime Frosting

1/2 cup low fat, salt-reduced margarine , softened

2 lemon or 6 limes

3 cups confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional : 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Methods

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

2) In a large mixing bowl, use the cake mixer to beat the eggs. Add in brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

3) Shift in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add in grape seed oil. Stir gently and slowly till well mixed, using circular motion in clock-wise direction.

4) Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans (optional).

5) Pour into prepared pan.

6) Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

7) Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Frosting

1) To make frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, combine margarine, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add lemon or lime juice 1 tablespoon at a time to avoid getting watery frosting.

2) Using mixer, beat at high speed and continue adding the lemon and lime juice until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste some to ensure quality.

3) Add more confectioners' sugar or juice if necessary. If lemon flavour is quite strong, add water if more liquid is needed.

4) Stir in chopped pecans. This makes about 2 cups (450ml) of frosting.

5) Frost the cooled cake.

You can keep the cake in the refrigerator if you like nice cold cake.


 

Additional baking tips :

1) When grating the carrots, use the large grater (use for cheese) to get good size of grated carrot.

2) To prevent cake from sinking in the center :

· Avoid overbeating which will introduce more air into the cake

· Avoid under baking. Check the temperature to ensure that it is not too low and check the time to ensure sufficient baking time

· Avoid using baking pan that is too small or too large

· Ensure the oven is preheated for at least 30 minutes

· Ensure your oven is heating properly. Use an over thermometer to check the temperature

· Avoid opening the over door unless you really necessary, to ensure consistent heating temperature throughout the baking time

Happy Baking !

Health Benefits of Using Grape Seed Oil

Numerous studies have suggested that Grape Seed Oil and its Extract constitute anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-histamine, anti-aging, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and adaptogenic activity. Hence, it is highly beneficial in the treatment of a number of health problems that include: arthritis, edema, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, dry and itchy skin, age spots, sun burns, chapped lips, wounds, bruising, stretch marks, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, chronic venous insufficiency, premature aging, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), weight loss, stress, dandruff, hair loss, warts, cardiovascular diseases especially atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, visual impairment, cataract, and muscular degeneration.

Studies also suggest that its free radical scavenging activity may strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

© 2011 Ingenira

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claudyobcn 3 years ago

I didn´t know that we can make a cake with carrots. I have used them only as a complement in foods.


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SEXYLADYDEE 4 years ago from Upstate NY

Gonna have to try this recipe. My family loves carrot cake and I always use the same family recipe.


breakingsong 4 years ago

Wow, this was an amazing carrot cake! Thanks!


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

Yes, Anita. I know what you meant. I have actually tried carrot cakes from many bakeries and hotels, but none can be beat this one.


Anita Bahl 4 years ago

I have tried this carrot cake and too my great surprise I love it the taste is so good and delicious. Thank you very much


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

Appreciate your comment very much, pstraubie. Try this carrot cake, you will love it.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

This looks yummy. I must give it a try. I am always looking for low fat recipes. My sweet tooth is calling me. Thank you for sharing this.


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

Thank you, rutley for reading and complimented. Glad to see you here.


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

Haha, SexyladyDee, your family must have a dictionary of recipes ! I will go over your hubpages to have a look. Thanks for stopping by and commented.


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SEXYLADYDEE 4 years ago from Upstate NY

Going to violate family policy and try someone else's recipe. Don't tell my sister. ;-) Am very curious about using grapeseed oil it has a lot of great properties. Looks fabulous.

Dee


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rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

GREAT.... thank you!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Hope you like it, DarlingBaker. Glad to know someone so near yet so far.

thanks, hewhohn. Glad to see you here.


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hewhohn 5 years ago

Very delicious, yummy, thanks for the recipe.


DarlingBaker 5 years ago

Dear Ingenira,

I'm your next-door friend from Thailand and I want to try your recipe as my FIRST Carrot Cake tonight since my husband said he like carrot cake. I normally try baking what I used to eat before but I've never eaten or baked this carrot cake before. However, after reading through your recipe with my fingers crossed, I know it will be really yummy... I'll let you know soon... Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Shayla. Glad that you like it.


Shayla Ebsen 5 years ago

Looks delicious. I love finding new, great recipes and I can't wait to make it!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, 3cardmonte. :)


3cardmonte 5 years ago

sounds delicious!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Glad you do, FeliciaM. My son has just asked me to make it again.


Peter Davis 5 years ago from California

That sure looks good! I'm going to have to try the recipe.


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FeliciaM 5 years ago from Canada

Hmmmm....can't wait to try this recipe. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite cake but i only indulge once in awhile...but I guess it's time to indulge!! Thanks for sharing it!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Appreciate your comment, cwarden. Hope you'll like the recipe. :)


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

This recipe sounds excellent and I love the ingredients. I have been craving carrot cake so I will try this out soon. Thank you!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, TajSingh, for your nice comment. Glad to see you here.


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This looks tasty. Gonna give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe Ingenira!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Glad to see you here, REALfoodie. I am glad you like the recipe. Grape seed oil is so much healthier than butter, margarine or other vegetable oil.


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REALfoodie 5 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

I LOVE carrot cake and your recipe sounds very good. I never tried using grape seed oil in desserts, so it will be a first for me. Thank you for this wonderful hub!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Awamum, glad you like it, and thanks for leaving the comment. :)


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Avamum 5 years ago from Canada

YUMMY! Love the idea of grapeseed oil instead of canola oil, and lime or lemon in the icing to give it a nice tang. Bookmarked and voted up!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Hope you will like it, Susan.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have been craving carrot cake and have a good recipe for one but yours looks much better and I try this one. Thanks so much for sharing this!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, stephhicks for your visit and comment. Hope you'll like it. :)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Love these ideas for carrot cake - grapeseed oil! I've got to try that. Also, the idea of lime in the frosting sounds superb. Guess I'll be baking dessert tonight!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your comment, AlicaC. Normally, cream cheese frosting is used, but I decided I will try something different, so here goes the lemon frosting, and having it sweet and sour is actually very nice.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love carrot cake. I usually eat it with a cream cheese frosting, but adding lemon or lime sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the information about grape seed oil. Even when I’m eating desserts, I like food to be nutritious.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

thanks, Kamran. Welcome to my pages.


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Kamran100 5 years ago

yummy, so delicious ...very nice hub!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

thanks, izettl. Glad you drop by. Carrot cake can be so satisfying. Happy baking !


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

so glad I came over here because I need a good carrot cake recipe and I've been craving lately.I love that it uses brown sugar in it. I do have a good frosting recipe that includes pineaple as the citrus part instead of lemon or lime and I use cream cheese too. I'll be making it this weekend- thanks for the recipe. Also great to know about grape seed oil- I did not know any of this.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

katesn0w, nice to see you here, thanks for your comment.


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katesn0w 5 years ago

Can't wait to make your carrot cake it sounds heavenly!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Hope you will like it, Nell Rose. Thanks for dropping by.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I haven't eaten carrot cake in years, now you make me want some! I will definitely give this a try! thanks nell


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Tony. Glad you like it. ;)


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Ritchie, thank you so much for the poem. That was fast and awesome ! I am so touched.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

I am glad you like it, Lilly. :)


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

This looks so good! I will bookmark it to bake sometime quite soon. Thanks for sharing this yummy-looking recipe.

Love and peace

Tony


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richtwf 5 years ago

A poem just for you my friend ...

http://hubpages.com/literature/A-Poem-Cake

Enjoy and savour it to the end!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

ooH! Yummy. I have bookmarked this. We have a birthday in May that loves carrot cake! This will be the best. Thanks for sharing.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Why don't you write a poem on it ? I am always impressed with the many lovely poems you wrote. ;)

God bless you too, Ritchie.


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richtwf 5 years ago

This one is referenced and downloaded to my desktop for the future. I love carrot cake and simply reading this hub made me hungry for a piece!

Must go and eat now as I am hungry!

God bless you my friend.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Melinda, that's a deal. :)


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msorensson 5 years ago

Ingenira, please let us do that. When I go to where you are or you visit me. Thank you!!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Dear Carrie, I hope you will like it. Let me know how it goes.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This is one cake I am going to try out Ingenira. Especially with the lower fat content in it. It sounds so delicious, thanks


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Good day, Melinda, it'd be nice to have a cup of coffee with carrot cake with you.


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msorensson 5 years ago

I love carrot cake. Will bookmark. Thank you!!

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