Clean Eating Carrot Cake

Clean Eating Carrot Cake

  • Author: Carey
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 1x


This Clean Eating Carrot Cake is one of my favorite recipes! A wholesome, wholegrain carrot cake that’s lower in sugar than a regular carrot cake but just as delicious.



Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup runny honey (warm it up a bit if you need to)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup milk (or almond milk)

Dry Ingredients

Fruit / Vegetables

  • 1 Cup Sultanas
  • 1 cup grated carrot (2 med – large carrots)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon test for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350’F / 160’C fan bake oven
  2. Prepare a cake tin (25cm round or loaf tray)
  3. Mix dry ingredients together (see list above
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Make sure your butter and honey is not too warm as it will start to cook the eggs.
  5. Add the wet mix to dry mix. And mix with a hand mixer or whisk. It makes a runny batter at this point.
  6. Gently stir in carrots, sultanas and lemon zest. Stir until just just combined. Don’t over mix.
  7. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Touch the top to feel if spongy. It won’t be as spongy as a normal sponge cake as it dense with the fruit.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before adding icing.
  9. To make the Icing: Mix all icing ingredients (except zest) together until smooth. Spread over cake and sprinkle zest to decorate.


  • One of the things I use all the time is a lemon zester. Don’t waste time using your grater. These are awesome to have in the kitchen drawer.
  • Carrot cake doesn’t rise as much as a sponge cake. It is a dense, heavy cake. So if you are looking to make this cake for a party, then I suggest making two so that you can stack one on top of the other. Fill the middle with the cream cheese icing for a super delux layered carrot cake.
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Clean Eating, Carrot Cake