Easy Keto Carrot Cake (5g net carbs)

by Joanna
Published: Updated: 11 comments

This keto carrot cake is super moist, incredibly delicious, and easy to make from scratch. Enjoy the best sugar-free carrot cake with almond flour layers topped with the creamiest cream cheese frosting.

keto carrot cake recipe

Ultra decadent and perfectly spiced, this is truly our favorite keto carrot cake recipe. Use a brown sugar replacement and toasted nuts for extra flavor and crunch.

When it comes to keto cakes, I shared keto chocolate cake, coconut flour cake, almond flour cake, keto pound cake, and this keto carrot cake. 

It’s a family favorite cake recipe, and I make it super often. So if you want to make a special dessert with a moist layer, fragrant, and easy to prepare, just this delicious keto carrot cake. I’m sure you’ll want to make it over and over again.

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Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe

  • Quick to make in less than 60 minutes
  • Utterly delicious with a velvety sugar-free cream cheese frosting
  • Only 5g net carbs per slice
  • Made with healthy ingredients
  • Naturally gluten-free, low carb, grain-free carrot cake.

Watch this quick video to see exactly how to make the best keto carrot cake recipe.

Is Carrot Cake Keto?

Traditional carrot cake is not keto-friendly because it is made with ingredients such as sugar and wheat flour.  

But, since carrot cake is a favorite in our house, I had to create a keto version that tastes just like the original minus the carbs. 

Luckily with just a few changes to the original recipe, I discovered the low-carb carrot cake recipe that tastes even better and uses real carrots.

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Are Carrots Keto?

Yes, you can consume carrots in moderation on a ketogenic diet. However, carrots are root vegetables like potatoes, and many keto dieters tend to avoid them. 

Actually, carrots have fewer carbs per serving than blueberries.

Watch this quick video to see exactly how easy it is to make the best keto carrot cake recipe!

Keto Carrot Cake Ingredients

You will be surprised to see that just a few easy-to-find ingredients are required to make this delicious carrot cake. Here is a note on the ingredients:

keto carrot cake ingredients
  • Almond Flour and Coconut Flour – I used both of these keto flours because this is how you get that perfect carrot cake layer that’s deeply moist. To prevent any clumps in the batter, sift your flours. The cake’s texture will be lighter as a result.
  • Carrots – use freshly grated carrots.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. Keeps the cake super moist an
  • Sweetener – feel free to use your favorite keto sweetener, but I highly suggest using a brown sugar replacement for a moist and flavorful cake.
  • Eggs – use large room temperature eggs to avoid that eggy flavor. You can also use flax eggs or chia eggs.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg – these two spices pair perfectly.
  • Vanilla Extract – a high-quality extract for the best flavor.
  • Baking Powder – helps the cakes to become super fluffy.
  • Chopped Pecans – you can omit them or replace with your favorite nuts. 
  • Keto Cream Cheese Frosting – You’ll need a batch of my keto frosting.

How To Make Keto Carrot Cake

The method for this keto carrot cake recipe is incredibly simple. You’ll need just a bowl to mix all the ingredients and two 8-inch pans to bake the cakes. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Start by preparing the cake pans. Line two springform pans with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  2. Make the carrot cake batter. Add all the wet ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix them well.
  3. Incorporate the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, cinnamon, and nutmeg until the batter looks smooth and creamy.
  4. Stir in the shredded carrots and chopped pecans. 
  5. Bake the carrot cake. Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting. Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until there are no visible lumps. Make sure that all the ingredients for the frosting are at room temperature.
  7. Assemble the cake. Spread half of the frosting over the top of the first cake layer, then add the second layer and frost with the remaining cream cheese frosting.
  8.  Refrigerate the cake for a few hours before serving.
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Tips For Making The Best Keto Carrot Cake

  • Use freshly shredded carrots because they are moist compared to pre-shredded carrots that may be too dry.
  • Sift the dry ingredients to remove large clumps and create an airy flour mixture.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. The cake may become dense and tough.
  • Make sure you don’t overbake the cake layers, or they may become dry and crumbly.
  • Line the pans with parchment paper and grease the sides to ensure the cake won’t stick.
carrot cake slice

Storing Ideas

  • Fridge – Store this sugar-free carrot cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • Freezer – Freeze the carrot cake leftovers for up to one month. Wrap each slice in plastic foil, then thaw it in the fridge overnight before serving.

More Keto Dessert Recipes

keto carrot cake recipe

Keto Carrot Cake

4.82 from 16 votes

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yelds 12 slices

Description
 

This keto carrot cake is super moist, incredibly delicious, and easy to make from scratch. Enjoy the best sugar-free carrot cake with almond flour layers topped with the creamiest cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 180°C. Grease two 8-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to mix until frothy.
  • Add the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix until the batter looks smooth and creamy.
  • Incorporate the grated carrots and chopped nuts using a rubber spatula.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the tops look set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, make a batch of my keto cream cheese frosting.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • Assemble and frost the cake. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate and cover with half the frosting. Add the second layer and spread the remaining frosting.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least one hour before serving. Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
423kcal
Total Carbs
10g
Net Carbs
Protein
9g
Fat
42g
Fiber
5g
Sugar
2g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword keto carrot cake
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11 comments

Anne-Laure May 25, 2023 - 11:27 am

3 stars
Hi !
I must say, I am neutral as I have not tried it yet.

I would like to, but I live in France and I kind of get lost when it comes to measuring in cups and scoops (we use grams).

So, if I may ask, could I get all ingredients measured in grams instead ? That would be so kind of you !

Thanks in advance !

Anne-Laure

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Joanna May 30, 2023 - 9:19 am

Hi Anne-Laure!

Thank you for your interest in the keto carrot cake recipe! I apologize for the inconvenience caused by the cup and scoop measurements. I’d be more than happy to provide you with the ingredient measurements in grams. Here’s a conversion of the key ingredients for you:

2 cups almond flour superfine, blanched: approximately 192 grams
1/4 cup coconut flour: approximately 30 grams
5 large eggs, at room temperature: approximately 250 grams (50 grams per egg)
2 cups carrots, grated: approximately 220 grams (after grating)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted: approximately 113 grams
3/4 cup granulated sweetener or brown sugar replacement: approximately 144 grams
2 tsp baking powder: approximately 8 grams
1 tbsp vanilla extract: approximately 12 grams
2 tsp ground cinnamon: approximately 4 grams
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg: approximately 1 gram
1/2 tsp salt: approximately 3 grams
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts: approximately 56 grams
Please note that these are approximate conversions, and slight variations may occur. I hope this helps you in preparing your keto carrot cake! If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to ask. Enjoy your baking experience!

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Gypsy May 29, 2023 - 1:58 am

Hi. I’m looking for the best keto carrot recipe and had high hopes for this one. I’ve come across a couple of stumbling blocks.
I don’t live in the USA. There’s no metric equivalents and things are measured in volume instead of weight, so everything has to be converted to international standards. eg 2 cups is different in USA, UK & AU.
I tried to get the ingredients together and found that I had to measure ½ cup of melted butter. So I have to melt all the butter and then measure out ½ cup? And I have to use unsalted butter but then add salt? Why not just use salted butter?

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Joanna May 30, 2023 - 9:17 am

Hi there! I understand that converting measurements and finding the right ingredients can be a bit tricky, especially when dealing with international standards. I apologize for any confusion caused. In that case, you can try using online conversion tools or reference charts to convert the measurements to the metric system you’re familiar with. It may take a little extra effort, but I’m sure it will be worth it to enjoy a delicious keto carrot cake. To address your concerns, when it comes to measuring melted butter, you can certainly melt the butter first and then measure out the required ½ cup. As for using unsalted butter and adding salt separately, it allows for better control over the saltiness of the overall recipe. However, if you prefer to use salted butter, you can certainly give it a try and adjust the added salt accordingly. Feel free to adapt the recipe to your taste preferences. I hope this helps, and I’m here to assist you with any further questions you may have. Happy baking!

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Fifi February 1, 2024 - 5:23 pm

5 stars
I made it yesterday, two of them. One for a friend and another for my hubby. My friend wanted to pay me for it, but I said no. Of course, I spent quite a bit on the ingredients, but I just wanted to gift it to her. However, she is insisting and won’t leave me be. She wants to pay me. I went to the supermarket and asked how much do they sell their regular carrot cake with cream cheese frosting; can you believe it? $17.99, Wow. My question is, if you were to sell the cake how much would you charge?

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Fifi February 1, 2024 - 5:25 pm

5 stars
I forgot to mention that the frosting was enough for both cakes. That was a lot of frosting!

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VALERIE March 8, 2024 - 10:09 pm

5 stars
This carrot cake is fabulous. I don’t eat sugar or flour, so this was just what I was looking for. A whole cake is a bit much for one person so I made cupcakes. Unfortunately my carrots did not taste so good. Next time I will get fresh carrots at the garden market not packaged processed shred carrots. Will definitely make again.

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Joanna March 12, 2024 - 7:01 am

I’m thrilled to hear you loved the carrot cake and that it fit your dietary needs! Turning the recipe into cupcakes is a brilliant idea for portion control and convenience. It’s a bummer about the carrots not tasting as good as expected—fresh carrots from the garden market should definitely elevate the flavor in your next batch. I’m so glad you’re planning to make it again, and I bet it’ll be even more delicious with those fresh, vibrant carrots. Happy baking for the next round!

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Anna March 20, 2024 - 10:52 pm

4 stars
Tha cake is good ,but I had to keep about 55 min and raised the temperature to 375 F after 35 min cause was not done at the time given in your recipe.

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Monique April 13, 2024 - 3:44 pm

I have a question relating to making this into muffin tin instead of a cake.mold I live alone and a cake is not practical for me. Could I make cupcakes/muffins instead. I know that cooking would be appropriately 20 minutes. As z second part of my comment I’ve been doing Keto for about 4 years snx carrots are one vegetable that is not allowed as it’s full of sugar, so I don’t understand hos it’s ok to make carrot cake but can’t eat carrots as a vegetable

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Joanna April 13, 2024 - 7:54 pm

I have a different keto carrot cake muffins recipe that you might enjoy. As for the carrot dilemma, while carrots are higher in natural sugars, they can still be incorporated into certain keto recipes like carrot cake when used in moderation.

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