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Low Fat Carrot Cake Recipe & Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Updated on July 5, 2011

Making A Moist Carrot Cake That's Healthy Too!

Carrot cake has been an American classic since the 1960s. Unfortunately, just because it contains a vegetable, doesn't mean it's better for you. Never fear! You don't have to sacrifice taste or texture to have a delicious low fat dessert. Below you'll find a simple carrot cake recipe that is moist, flavorful, and healthy! Bake it in a sheet pan or make carrot cake cupcakes, and top with low-fat cream cheese frosting. You can't go wrong.


  • 1 cup cake flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 egg whites (separated into 3 and 3)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Healthy Carrot Cake With Low Fat Cream Cheese Frosting
Healthy Carrot Cake With Low Fat Cream Cheese Frosting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a 9x13 pan or two 9-inch round cake pans with non-fat cooking spray, and dust with flour. In a small bowl, beat 3 egg whites until frothy, then gradually beat in the 1/2 cup of white sugar. Continue beating until stiff.

In a large bowl mix all remaining dry ingredients: both flours, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, and spices. Add the oil, buttermilk, and 3 remaining (unbeaten) egg whites and mix just until combined. Fold in the egg white-sugar mixture and carrots, as well as raisins if desired.

Pour into prepared pan or pans. Bake 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Simple Carrot Cake Cupcakes

You can easily modify this recipe to make quick carrot cake cupcakes.  Instead of preparing a sheet pan or cake pans, place cupcake papers in two 12-cup muffin tins.  You still bake at the same temperature, just for a shorter time-- about 15-25 minutes.  Test for doneness by gently tapping the top of a cupcake with your finger.  It should be springy to the touch.  If it is, stick a toothpick in the middle of one cupcake.  If it comes out clean, your cupcakes are done!  Let them cool a few minutes in the pan, then move to a wire rack.  Don't forget the low fat cream cheese icing.

If you want the tasty experience of carrot cake cupcakes every day, check out my easy carrot cake muffin recipe too!


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      Tirralan Watkins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Love carrot cake. Going to try this. Thanks!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Oh, I love carrot cake! I must keep your recipe as you have used the whole wheat in it...and add some nuts too...

      Thank you for sharing this delicious sounding recipe!

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      Tummy Tuck Belt 6 years ago

      A carrot cake that is delicious and healthy seem intriguing. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Angelique Loux 6 years ago from Ohio

      anytime I can save some calories is a plus. I give this hub two thumbs up!!!

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      ISRAA 6 years ago

      It really looks a healthy recipe.. thank you for sharing!

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      writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

      it looks fantastic, I'll have to give this a try tomorrow :)

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      This sounds yummy! Thanks!

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      yogamom 6 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like a nice Lightened recipe, one question though can I use lowfat milk in place of the buttermilk in this?

      Thanks for posting this! I am on Weight Watchers and love recipes I can eat that don't have the guilt.

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      Malcolm_Cox 7 years ago from Newcastle, England

      Fantastic Hub, made me hungry so I'm going to have to try it! I could do with your help as you will see if you read my poem!

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      GALAXY 59 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Looks and sounds wonderful. I adore carrot cake, well any cake, actually, which could explain my current waist size! So finding a low fat option is always great.

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      anam123 7 years ago from Canada

      Sounds Amazing. I must try it this weekend.

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      JohnBarret 7 years ago

      Very lovely, I was looking for such a recipe.

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      Die'Dre' 7 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

      I'm going to give this recipe a try for Thanksgiving. Thanks.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Sounds Delicious. i will give i a try.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Sounds wonderful...a must try!

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      living earth 7 years ago from UK

      Yummy! I will definitely try this, my kids love carrot cake.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      bookmarking this!My son -in-law loves any cake with carrots!

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      Rika Susan 7 years ago from South Africa

      This is yum, Maddie! Looks like the ideal way to use some of my left-over vegetable juice pulp! Will give it a go.

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      Great recipe. I made it for my family and they all loved it and never knew it was low fat.

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      dinesh c bhatt 7 years ago from India (Noida)

      Hi, Maddie Ruud

      Delicious! Great recipe

      Thanks for sharing....

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Ah, my favorite type of cake! I always have a carrot cake for my b-day. Thanks for sharing this. :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Yum - that sounds delish and my hubby's favorite! Will make soon and thanks for the recipe.

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      ftclick 7 years ago

      This is always a good recipe to have at your side as its my favorite

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      I can't wait to try this yummy recipe and thank you so much for sharing. I will let you know how mine turned out. This is what I love about HP is the variety of topics. I made a brilliant decision the day I decided to join everyone on here.

      I am now looking forward to reading more of your work.

      Take care and GHod Bless Maddie.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderful recipe. Voted up, useful and bookmarked for future use.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great and I written it down.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 7 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Sounda great. I always shy away from carrot cake because of all the sugar and oil. Yours sounds like a winner

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a great recipe for carrot cake. I will be indulging myself and thanking you at the same time. Thanks for this hub. Thumbs up!

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      Leni Sands 7 years ago from UK

      Hmmm yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oooooh this sounds delicious! I've yet to make my own carrot cake, and you make it seem so easy, I really have no excuse but to take the plunge now! I bet the buttermilk really does the trick with these- how smart! Can't wait to try this out.

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Sounds delicious, and easy to make. I will have to give it a try.

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      PierrePierre 7 years ago

      I love this recipe. Delicious!