Best Low-Fat Carrot Cake Recipe (Use Grape Seed Oil Instead of Butter/Margarine)

Updated on February 24, 2018
Best Carrot Cake I have ever tasted
Best Carrot Cake I have ever tasted

The best compliment I received about this carrot cake is from a boy who frequently visits hotel restaurants. He warmed my heart by saying that it tasted better than the carrot cake from Hilton Hotel. My husband, who is often careful with his diet, couldn’t help himself with a second serving.

It is incredibly delicious. The cake is rich with flavour and moist. Simply scrumptious!

It is healthier than other cake since I use better oil, grape seed oil. Its benefits are mentioned below, after the recipe. Instead of using white sugar, I use brown sugar instead. The health benefits of carrot are well-known, so I will not mention them here.

Recipe Rating

5 stars for Low Fat Carrot Cake Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves 18

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups grape seed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (reduce the portion for less sweetness)
  • (if you use white sugar, 1 to 1.5 cup of sugar is sweet enough)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • Optional : 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Lemon or Lime Frosting

  • 1/2 cup low fat, salt-reduced margarine , softened
  • 2 lemon or 6 limes
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional : 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use the cake mixer to beat the eggs. Add in brown sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  3. Shift in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add in grape seed oil. Stir gently and slowly till well mixed, using circular motion in clock-wise direction.
  4. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans (optional).
  5. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Frosting

  1. To make frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, combine margarine, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add lemon or lime juice 1 tablespoon at a time to avoid getting watery frosting.
  2. Using mixer, beat at high speed and continue adding the lemon and lime juice until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste some to ensure quality.
  3. Add more confectioners' sugar or juice if necessary. If lemon flavour is quite strong, add water if more liquid is needed.
  4. Stir in chopped pecans. This makes about 2 cups (450ml) of frosting.
  5. Frost the cooled cake.

You can keep the cake in the refrigerator if you like nice cold cake.

Additional baking tips:

  1. When grating the carrots, use the large grater (use for cheese) to get good size of grated carrot.
  2. To prevent cake from sinking in the center:
  • Avoid overbeating which will introduce more air into the cake
  • Avoid under baking. Check the temperature to ensure that it is not too low and check the time to ensure sufficient baking time
  • Avoid using baking pan that is too small or too large
  • Ensure the oven is preheated for at least 30 minutes
  • Ensure your oven is heating properly. Use an over thermometer to check the temperature
  • Avoid opening the over door unless you really necessary, to ensure consistent heating temperature throughout the baking time

Happy baking!

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      • claudyobcn profile image

        claudyobcn 

        5 years ago

        I didn´t know that we can make a cake with carrots. I have used them only as a complement in foods.

      • SEXYLADYDEE profile image

        SEXYLADYDEE 

        6 years ago from Upstate NY

        Gonna have to try this recipe. My family loves carrot cake and I always use the same family recipe.

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        breakingsong 

        6 years ago

        Wow, this was an amazing carrot cake! Thanks!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        6 years ago

        Yes, Anita. I know what you meant. I have actually tried carrot cakes from many bakeries and hotels, but none can be beat this one.

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        Anita Bahl 

        6 years ago

        I have tried this carrot cake and too my great surprise I love it the taste is so good and delicious. Thank you very much

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        6 years ago

        Appreciate your comment very much, pstraubie. Try this carrot cake, you will love it.

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        Patricia Scott 

        6 years ago from sunny Florida

        This looks yummy. I must give it a try. I am always looking for low fat recipes. My sweet tooth is calling me. Thank you for sharing this.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        6 years ago

        Thank you, rutley for reading and complimented. Glad to see you here.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        6 years ago

        Haha, SexyladyDee, your family must have a dictionary of recipes ! I will go over your hubpages to have a look. Thanks for stopping by and commented.

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        SEXYLADYDEE 

        6 years ago from Upstate NY

        Going to violate family policy and try someone else's recipe. Don't tell my sister. ;-) Am very curious about using grapeseed oil it has a lot of great properties. Looks fabulous.

        Dee

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        rutley 

        7 years ago from South Jersey

        GREAT.... thank you!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Hope you like it, DarlingBaker. Glad to know someone so near yet so far.

        thanks, hewhohn. Glad to see you here.

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        hewhohn 

        7 years ago

        Very delicious, yummy, thanks for the recipe.

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        DarlingBaker 

        7 years ago

        Dear Ingenira,

        I'm your next-door friend from Thailand and I want to try your recipe as my FIRST Carrot Cake tonight since my husband said he like carrot cake. I normally try baking what I used to eat before but I've never eaten or baked this carrot cake before. However, after reading through your recipe with my fingers crossed, I know it will be really yummy... I'll let you know soon... Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thanks, Shayla. Glad that you like it.

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        Shayla Ebsen 

        7 years ago

        Looks delicious. I love finding new, great recipes and I can't wait to make it!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thank you, 3cardmonte. :)

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        3cardmonte 

        7 years ago

        sounds delicious!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Glad you do, FeliciaM. My son has just asked me to make it again.

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        Peter Davis 

        7 years ago from California

        That sure looks good! I'm going to have to try the recipe.

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        FeliciaM 

        7 years ago from Canada

        Hmmmm....can't wait to try this recipe. Carrot cake is my absolute favorite cake but i only indulge once in awhile...but I guess it's time to indulge!! Thanks for sharing it!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Appreciate your comment, cwarden. Hope you'll like the recipe. :)

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        cwarden 

        7 years ago from USA

        This recipe sounds excellent and I love the ingredients. I have been craving carrot cake so I will try this out soon. Thank you!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thank you, TajSingh, for your nice comment. Glad to see you here.

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        TajSingh 

        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        This looks tasty. Gonna give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe Ingenira!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Glad to see you here, REALfoodie. I am glad you like the recipe. Grape seed oil is so much healthier than butter, margarine or other vegetable oil.

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        C De Melo 

        7 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

        I LOVE carrot cake and your recipe sounds very good. I never tried using grape seed oil in desserts, so it will be a first for me. Thank you for this wonderful hub!

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        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thanks, Awamum, glad you like it, and thanks for leaving the comment. :)

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        Sarita Harbour 

        7 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

        YUMMY! Love the idea of grapeseed oil instead of canola oil, and lime or lemon in the icing to give it a nice tang. Bookmarked and voted up!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Hope you will like it, Susan.

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        Susan Zutautas 

        7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I have been craving carrot cake and have a good recipe for one but yours looks much better and I try this one. Thanks so much for sharing this!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thank you, stephhicks for your visit and comment. Hope you'll like it. :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Love these ideas for carrot cake - grapeseed oil! I've got to try that. Also, the idea of lime in the frosting sounds superb. Guess I'll be baking dessert tonight!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thank you so much for your comment, AlicaC. Normally, cream cheese frosting is used, but I decided I will try something different, so here goes the lemon frosting, and having it sweet and sour is actually very nice.

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love carrot cake. I usually eat it with a cream cheese frosting, but adding lemon or lime sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the information about grape seed oil. Even when I’m eating desserts, I like food to be nutritious.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        thanks, Kamran. Welcome to my pages.

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        Kamran100 

        7 years ago

        yummy, so delicious ...very nice hub!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        thanks, izettl. Glad you drop by. Carrot cake can be so satisfying. Happy baking !

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        Laura Izett 

        7 years ago from The Great Northwest

        so glad I came over here because I need a good carrot cake recipe and I've been craving lately.I love that it uses brown sugar in it. I do have a good frosting recipe that includes pineaple as the citrus part instead of lemon or lime and I use cream cheese too. I'll be making it this weekend- thanks for the recipe. Also great to know about grape seed oil- I did not know any of this.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        katesn0w, nice to see you here, thanks for your comment.

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        katesn0w 

        7 years ago

        Can't wait to make your carrot cake it sounds heavenly!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Hope you will like it, Nell Rose. Thanks for dropping by.

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        Nell Rose 

        7 years ago from England

        Hi, I haven't eaten carrot cake in years, now you make me want some! I will definitely give this a try! thanks nell

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Thanks, Tony. Glad you like it. ;)

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Ritchie, thank you so much for the poem. That was fast and awesome ! I am so touched.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        I am glad you like it, Lilly. :)

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        Tony McGregor 

        7 years ago from South Africa

        This looks so good! I will bookmark it to bake sometime quite soon. Thanks for sharing this yummy-looking recipe.

        Love and peace

        Tony

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        richtwf 

        7 years ago

        A poem just for you my friend ...

        https://hubpages.com/literature/A-Poem-Cake

        Enjoy and savour it to the end!

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        Lori J Latimer 

        7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

        ooH! Yummy. I have bookmarked this. We have a birthday in May that loves carrot cake! This will be the best. Thanks for sharing.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Why don't you write a poem on it ? I am always impressed with the many lovely poems you wrote. ;)

        God bless you too, Ritchie.

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        richtwf 

        7 years ago

        This one is referenced and downloaded to my desktop for the future. I love carrot cake and simply reading this hub made me hungry for a piece!

        Must go and eat now as I am hungry!

        God bless you my friend.

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Melinda, that's a deal. :)

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        msorensson 

        7 years ago

        Ingenira, please let us do that. When I go to where you are or you visit me. Thank you!!

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Dear Carrie, I hope you will like it. Let me know how it goes.

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        carrie450 

        7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

        This is one cake I am going to try out Ingenira. Especially with the lower fat content in it. It sounds so delicious, thanks

      • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

        Ingenira 

        7 years ago

        Good day, Melinda, it'd be nice to have a cup of coffee with carrot cake with you.

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        msorensson 

        7 years ago

        I love carrot cake. Will bookmark. Thank you!!

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