Eggless carrot cake recipe
Eggless carrot cake recipe with video & step by step photos. This eggless carrot cake is one of the easiest to bake & frost as well. It turns out soft & tastes delicious with a lovely aroma of spice powders. Carrot cake is great to make during occasions & celebrations especially for kids’ birthday.
I have not used any nuts & raisins but you can use some walnuts & sweet raisins if you like them. I made a cream cheese frosting with homemade cream cheese which I have shared below.
You can also skip the frosting and serve it plain as it tastes delicious on its own.
If you do not have a oven then you can also bake it in a cooker following this cooker cake recipe post.
I baked 2 cakes to make a 2 layer cake. The recipe below is to yield a single 6 inch cake. To make 2 layers just double the recipe and bake in two 6 inch pans. You can also double the recipe and make one 8 inch cake.
The entire cake & the frosting has been made using a whisk. But you can also use a hand mixer for the frosting.
Preparation for eggless carrot cake
1. Grease a 6 inch pan and line it. Preheat the oven to 340 F or 170 C for at least 15 mins. Wash and peel the carrots. Grate the carrots using a very fine grater (with smaller holes.
2. Ensure milk is not cold. It must be at least at room temperature. Pour milk, vanilla, vinegar, sugar and oil to a bowl or pot.
3. Mix everything well and set aside. It is not important to dissolve the sugar completely but it helps to mix the dry ingredients well with the wet ones.
4. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl. Add flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg powder. You can also skip the spice powders. Sieve them well thrice.
How to make eggless carrot cake
5. Pour the wet ingredients (milk & oil mixture). Gently mix with a spatula just until combined. Do not over mix.
6. Add grated carrot. Gently mix it.
7. Pour to the greased & lined tin. Bake for 28 to 30 mins or until the tester comes out clean.
8. Cool the pan on a cooling rack for 10 mins. Then invert on the rack.
Cream cheese frosting
9. Add the soft cream cheese to a mixing bowl. I made my own cream cheese by boiling 4 cups milk. I added the lemon juice and curdled it. Drained to a colander lined with muslin cloth. Then I rinsed it well to get rid of lemon smell.
Made a knot and hung it for 2 hours to remove the excess whey. I later pulsed it in a food processor to get smooth cream cheese. If you are a beginner then follow this post on how to make paneer to make your own cream cheese.
10. Add butter.
11. Whisk it very well until smooth. Then add the vanilla extract & mix.
12. Sieve the powdered sugar. I added granulated sugar to a spice jar blender and made a fine powder.
13. Whisk all of these well to get smooth creamy frosting. It should be of a spreading consistency. If it is too thick then add 1 tsp milk or sugar and mix well.
14. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the eggless carrot cake.
15. Decorate with chopped nuts or raisins and roasted coconut.
Keep the eggless carrot cake in the fridge until you prefer to serve.
Tips to double the recipe
- Incorporate the dry flour to the wet mixture in 2 to 3 parts. Trying to mix all at one time may form lumps in the batter.
- Over mixing the cake batter can sink the cake in the center. So avoid it.
- If you are a beginner, then follow the recipe as is and bake the recipe twice to make 2 layers.
This eggless carrot cake (without frosting) keeps good for about a week in the fridge. You can heat up in the microwave and serve.
The frosted cake keeps good for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. I usually refrigerate the plain cake & the cream cheese frosting separately. When needed I warm up the cake slightly in the microwave and then spread the frosting.
More cake recipes,
Eggless chocolate cake
Eggfree black forest cake
Eggless fruit cake
Eggfree vanilla cake
Eggless chocolate banana cake
Eggless carrot cake
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup + 2 tbsps all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- ¼ to ½ tsp cinnamon powder (optional) (I used ½ tsp)
- 1 large pinch nutmeg powder (optional)
- 4 tbsp oil (or ¼ cup) (I used virgin coconut oil)
- ½ cup + 2 tbsps sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsps milk or 90 ml (room temperature or warm)
- 1 tbsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup carrot grated very finely (room temperature)
- ½ cup cream cheese or homemade paneer (refer instructions to make)
- 1 tbsp butter softened
- 3 to 4 tbsp sugar powdered
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp nuts fine chopped (or toasted coconut)
- Grease a 6 inch pan and line it. Preheat the oven to 340 F or 170 C for at least 15 mins.
- Mix together milk, vinegar, sugar, vanilla & oil. Stir well until uniform & sugar dissolves completely.
- Fluff up the flour in the jar/pack first and then spoon it to the measuring cup. Then level it.
- Sieve together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt. Mix well.
- Stir the milk mixture well and pour to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Ensure there are no lumps.
- Add the grated carrots & mix gently until just combined.
How to make eggless carrot cake
- Tap the cake pan twice to the kitchen counter and bake for 28 to 30 mins.
- When the cake is done, tester inserted comes out clean.
- Cool the cake pan on the cooling rack for 10 mins. Invert on a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.
- You can use brick cream cheese for frosting or make your own at home.
- I boiled about 4 cups milk & curdled it using some lemon juice.
- Then drained to a muslin cloth.
- Made a knot & hung it for 2 hours to drain the whey completely.
- Then pulsed it in a processor until smooth. Use it as cream cheese for frosting.
- Add the cheese and butter to a mixing bowl. Whisk it well until smooth.
- Then add powdered sugar and beat until smooth, light, fluffy & creamy.
- It should be thick & of spreading consistency.
- You can add more sugar to suit your taste.
- If the frosting is too thick drizzle 1 tbsp milk or little powdered sugar and beat for a while.
- Transfer the frosting to the cake and spread it. Sprinkle some chopped nuts.
- Slice the eggless carrot cake and serve.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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I made this recipe last night and vanished in one go because it is too small. I want to make a 2 layer cake. Should I use 2x
Yes Shilpa use 2x. Thanks for trying
Made a 3 tier cake with this recipe. So moist, light and unbelievably delicious. Bookmarked it for future. Thank you.
Good to know Robyn. Thank you so much for sharing back.
Can you share measurements in grams?
Bhavika, yes I can but it will take time
Hi. Thank you for sharing your excellent recipe. My son and I made it for my sister’s birthday, and it was excellent. We doubled the recipe, and cut the cake into 2 equal parts to make a layered cake and it was well enjoyed.
So glad to know Hansa. Thank you for sharing back how it turned out.
Recipe sounds great and am excited to bake it this week.
I am using cream cheese for my frosting and not making my own. Cream cheese can sometimes be very wet, would you recommend hanging it in Muslin cloth to reduce the amount the liquid so the cake doesn’t go soggy?
Use block cream cheese like Philadelphia. You don’t need to strain it.
Hi. Made this cake and it came out wonderful. My family loved it. I tried to mention you in instagram but couldn’t. Technical glitch I suppose. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Renata
I was looking at the recipe you have on making cream cheese. I am courios if this would equally well with plant milk or even silken tofu? About a 1/4th is vegan and it’s always been part of my thought process, what kind of life is there with n desserts.
The cake works with plant milk. For the frosting, try soaking half cup cashews in little hot water until soft. Drain completely and grind to a thick smooth paste, adding sugar & vanilla in between. You will need a very good small grinder for that. I don’t have much experience with silken tofu but coconut cream works well. I have tried that. Hope you enjoy the cake
Hi Swasthi, i have tried your recipe. There was an after taste of soda in the cake; (i used new packs). Will I get the same result if I use 1/2 TSP baking soda and 1 TSP baking powder?
Cinnamon and nutmeg flavours were overpowered by the vanilla essence. Would you recommend omitting vanilla essence entirely?
Vanilla extract and vanilla essence are not same. You will need only a few drops of essence. I guess you added 1 tsp so it overpowered. I have no experience with vanilla essence so I don’t know how much to use exactly, but try with only 2 drops or so. But yes you can skip it as well.
Sadly the baking soda and baking powder available in India are not of superior quality so they leave a aftertaste in eggless bakes. Professionals use cake improver so they can cut down these ingredients. I don’t know how the texture changes by altering the quantities. If you bake often, look for Bob’s red mill baking soda and baking powder. Hope this helps.
Hi swasti. Thank you fof all your beautiful receipes. Pls reply asap. Can I bake this cake in a bundle pan. Awaiting your reply
Yes you can. But the bake time changes a bit
Can this recipe be used to make cupcakes
Yes you can
Hi is that caster sugar or granulated sugar for the cake?
And what sort of butter for the cake? Salted or unsalted? Thanks
Use caster sugar for the cake. There is no butter used in the cake. For the frosting I prefer unsalted butter
Wow the Cake came out perfect Soft flavourful and Yummmm.Followed your recipie to the dot .Thank you .😇
Glad to know Vinny
Hi, can I use wholemeal flour, and if so, would it be the same amount? Can’t wait to try this!
Yes you can use but it will require more milk. Check the batter consistency in my video and adjust the liquid accordingly. Note that cake will be dense with wholemeal flour.
I baked this cake and it turned out yumm
I would like to make this cake but I only have wholemeal self raising flour. I do have baking soda as well as cream of tartar. Just wondering if I can use them instead of the plain flour + baking soda + baking powder combo and what ratios should I use?
I haven’t tried it so not sure about the quantities.
Hi, I also would like to know whether I can bake this in the bread loaf tin ?
I have no idea how much this weighs. Yes you can bake in a small loaf pan.
Hi, can you please tell me the weight of cake?
I normally don’t use vinegar in my cooking. Can I do the cake without vinegar?
I have some stor bought cream cheese.can that be used as frosting?
You can substitute vinegar with lemon juice. But vinegar gives the best results. Yes you can use store bought cheese
delicious cake. My batter was a bit thick so I added some yoghurt.
It turned out to be a perfect carrot cake for a beginner like me.
Glad to know Soumi