Carrot Cake with Coconut Flakes

Very dense carrot cake recipe! Great way to use up extra carrots in the fridge in this healthy carrot cake. I tried to make this recipe somewhat healthy for being a cake by adding apple sauce and unsweetened coconut flakes. Makes a 9×13 baking dish.

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carrot cake with frosting

Vegan Cream Cheese Icing:

I used a vegan cream cheese frosting recipe for the topping. I ran out of cream cheese so I had to find a vegan recipe. The link to the frosting recipe is here. You can use any frosting recipe you want though! Buttercream would taste great too!

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Tips for making healthy cake:

  • grate carrots finely-sometimes while making this, I feel that my carrots are grated too long. A food processor would help cut down on the length, and would leave your dessert not feeling like eating strings of carrots with frosting
  • omit coconut flakes-if you do not have coconut flakes, you can use more grated carrots instead

Favorite ingredient brands to use for this cake recipe:

*flour-provides a base
*baking soda-helps the carrot cake rise
*baking powder-also helps the carrot cake rise
*spices and vanilla-enhances flavor
*unsweetened apple sauce-I buy the kind in cups
*sugars-adds sweetness
*coconut flakes-adds texture and density

Overview of how to make easy carrot cake:

  • stir together dry ingredients
  • beat together wet ingredients, then stir in carrots and cocoanut flakes.
  • combine wet and dry ingredients, then pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake. Serve with or without frosting.

carrot cake with frosting

How to store homemade carrot cake:

  • fridge-store this cake with frosting in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
  • freezer-I have not tried freezing this recipe. If you would like to try it, go for it! Let me know how it goes.
carrot cake with frosting

Carrot Cake

Very dense cake recipe! Makes a 9x13 baking dish. I used a vegan cream cheese frosting recipe for the frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • dash vanilla
  • 2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes


  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder, along with the spices. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the apple sauce, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla for 1 minute. Then add in the carrots and coconut flakes. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the apple sauce mixture, and stir.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish. Dump batter into baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool. Spread your favorite frosting on top. Serve.

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