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


Ingenira has been working as an online writer for at least six years. Among dozens of other topics, she loves to write about baking.

This is the best Carrot Cake I have ever tasted!

This is the 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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

Serves 18


  • 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


  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. Sift in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add in grape seed oil. Stir gently and slowly till well mixed, using a circular motion, going clockwise.
  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 it cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


  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 a 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 the 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 a nice, cold cake.

Additional Baking Tips

  1. When grating the carrots, use the large grater (use for cheese) to get a good size.
  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 a 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 oven thermometer to check the temperature.
    • Avoid opening the oven door unless you really necessary, to ensure consistent heating temperature throughout the baking time.

Happy baking!

Recipe Rating

© 2011 Ingenira


Jeff Hutchings from Bournemouth UK on June 05, 2017:

I have never made a cake with grape oil I can't wait to try this one it looks amazing. Thanks.. Jeff

claudyobcn on July 19, 2013:

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

SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on May 07, 2012:

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

breakingsong on May 04, 2012:

Wow, this was an amazing carrot cake! Thanks!

Ingenira (author) on February 27, 2012:

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.

Anita Bahl on February 27, 2012:

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 (author) on February 23, 2012:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 18, 2012:

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 (author) on January 08, 2012:

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

Ingenira (author) on January 08, 2012:

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.

SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on January 08, 2012:

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.


rutley from South Jersey on December 06, 2011:

GREAT.... thank you!

Ingenira (author) on September 27, 2011:

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

thanks, hewhohn. Glad to see you here.

hewhohn on May 05, 2011:

Very delicious, yummy, thanks for the recipe.

DarlingBaker on May 05, 2011:

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 (author) on February 26, 2011:

Thanks, Shayla. Glad that you like it.

Shayla Ebsen on February 26, 2011:

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

Ingenira (author) on February 02, 2011:

Thank you, 3cardmonte. :)

3cardmonte on February 02, 2011:

sounds delicious!

Ingenira (author) on January 29, 2011:

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

Peter Davis from California on January 28, 2011:

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

FeliciaM from Canada on January 27, 2011:

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 (author) on January 27, 2011:

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

cwarden from USA on January 27, 2011:

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 (author) on January 27, 2011:

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

TajSingh from United Kingdom on January 27, 2011:

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

Ingenira (author) on January 26, 2011:

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.

C De Melo on January 26, 2011:

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!

Ingenira (author) on January 26, 2011:

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

Sarita Harbour from Yellowknife, Canada on January 26, 2011:

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 (author) on January 24, 2011:

Hope you will like it, Susan.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 24, 2011:

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 (author) on January 22, 2011:

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

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 22, 2011:

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 (author) on January 22, 2011:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 21, 2011:

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 (author) on January 21, 2011:

thanks, Kamran. Welcome to my pages.

Kamran100 on January 21, 2011:

yummy, so delicious ...very nice hub!

Ingenira (author) on January 21, 2011:

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

Lizett from The Great Northwest on January 21, 2011:

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 (author) on January 19, 2011:

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

katesn0w on January 19, 2011:

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

Ingenira (author) on January 18, 2011:

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

Nell Rose from England on January 18, 2011:

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 (author) on January 17, 2011:

Thanks, Tony. Glad you like it. ;)

Ingenira (author) on January 17, 2011:

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

Ingenira (author) on January 17, 2011:

I am glad you like it, Lilly. :)

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 17, 2011:

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

Love and peace


richtwf on January 17, 2011:

A poem just for you my friend ...


Enjoy and savour it to the end!

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on January 17, 2011:

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 (author) on January 17, 2011:

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.

richtwf on January 17, 2011:

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 (author) on January 17, 2011:

Melinda, that's a deal. :)

msorensson on January 17, 2011:

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

Ingenira (author) on January 17, 2011:

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

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on January 17, 2011:

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 (author) on January 16, 2011:

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

msorensson on January 16, 2011:

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

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