Keto Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake is one of those types of cakes that you either love or hate. If you are a carrot cake fan, this keto carrot cake recipe is the BEST!!! It is hard to believe the low carb cake is sugar-free and gluten-free.

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup granulated Swerve or sweetener of choice
  • ¼ cup of golden sweetener of choice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup loosely packed grated carrots (from one medium sized carrot)
  • 4 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sweetener

Keto Carrot Cake Directions

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Low Carb Carrot Cake

a slice of carrot cake next to a cake stand

Carrot cake is a favorite cake loved by many. It is probably my most popular keto dessert recipe on my social media. Everyone who tries this sugar-free cake, loves it! And their non-keto friends and family love this low carb carrot cake recipe too! I especially love it in the Spring and around Easter because that’s usually the season of carrot cake.

I created this keto carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting because I needed to satisfy my occasional craving for carrot cake. This low carb cake recipe is moist and full of carrot and spice flavors because it is made using REAL carrots. Using real carrots helps give this cake a spongy texture and helps keep the almond flour based cake from drying out. We also don’t use coconut flour in this recipe as coconut flour tends to be more dense and will be a denser cake instead of one that is light and airy.

Many keto carrot cake recipes use carrot cake flavoring extract instead of actual carrots. They do this because some keto police say that carrots aren’t keto. But that’s not true. As long as you aren’t consuming a ton a carrots, the occasional carrot isn’t going to budge your carb limit that much.

Using real grated carrots in the sugar free recipe for carrot cake not only produces authentic carrot cake flavor but it provides moisture to the cake too. You will be sold once you make this low carb carrot cake and so will your guest. Just cover with frosting and top with chopped walnuts if desired.

Can You Have Carrots On The Keto Diet?

Don’t be afraid of carrots on the keto diet. They are loaded with fiber and vitamins. Sure, they might have carbs, but they are okay to consume on the ketogenic diet in small quantities. Carrots are keto approved if you eat them in moderation.

This keto carrot cake recipe on uses 1 cup of shredded carrots for the entire cake! That is 7.8 carbs for the entire sugar free cake or <1 gram of carb per serving.

It’s worth it to use real carrots in a carrot cake recipe. Trust me!

a small frosted carrot cake with a carrot drawn on top

Keto Cream Cheese Frosting

I topped my keto carrot cake with a sugar free cream cheese frosting. This keto frosting has a little extra bite to it because I added some sour cream. The sour cream helps to give the cream cheese frosting a mild tangy flavor.

You can also use plain yogurt. My favorite keto yogurt is the plain yogurt from Two Good Yogurt. Each container has 2 g CARBS and is delicious on its own. If you don’t have access to Two Good Yogurt, just use a plain greek yogurt or even sour cream will work as a substitute in this cream cheese frosting.

Make sure to double the recipe if you love keto cream cheese frosting.

Keto Carrot Cake Storage

Keto cakes tend to dry out faster than traditional cakes containing sugar. Sugar substitutes don’t hold moisture like real sugar does. It’s important to store the keto carrot cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator or room temperature if you want to extend the shelf life of the cake.

Luckily, the carrots in this recipe provide moisture to the cake so it keeps longer than most keto cakes. Another reason why you should add carrots to your keto carrot cake recipe!

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  1. I made this today. It is soooo good!! This cake makes this stupid diet totally do-able! Thank you so much.

  2. I made this cake today! It was amazing, I could not believe it was low carb and sugar free! I didn’t have any nutmeg or cloves and decided to mix coconut flour and almond flour… It was delicious! Thank you!

  3. Made this for my husbands birthday.. was the best keto cake we’ve made. I was not huge on the way the cream cheese icing came out, but my husband who has been doing keto for ages loovveesss it.

  4. Hi trying to stay away from sugar. Eliminating it from the recipe does what and should I substitute more almond flour for the missing sugar and monk fruit sweetener?

  5. I made this and it came out very nice! I used erythritol instead of Swerve (for the frosting I put it in the food processor).

  6. Excited to try this recipe for Mother’s Day! Thoughts on adding in desiccated coconut??

  7. I made this tonight and just finished my first piece! Wow! So yummy! Cake was yummy, frosting was yummy. Best keto cake I’ve had! 😊

  8. Made this yesterday. Added allspice and a little fresh ginger.
    My husband made a comment -“are you sure we can eat this on keto.”

  9. My husbands and my birthday are close together so I made this cake today as he has been craving his grandma’s carrot cake. It is soooo good we almost couldn’t stop with one serving! But, one serving is very filling with the frosting. Will definitely keep this recipe and make again. Thanks for sharing! Love your other recipes too. And you are spot on with the Choc Zero products!

  10. This sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for including pan size recommendations and also for not having a book to scroll through to get to the actual recipe. You don’t know how much I appreciate both.

  11. Could I replace the carrots with zucchini? Was looking for a good sugar free, low carb zucchini bar recipe.

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