Eggless Carrot Cake (Whole Wheat)

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This Eggless Carrot Cake Recipe gives you a decadent and delicious cake that is so easy to make. Whether you just picked some fresh carrots from your garden or have some extra ones lying around from the grocery store or farmer’s market, this carrot cake recipe is a great way to get the whole family enjoying them. 

eggless carrot cake loaf sliced halfway on a wooden board with a brass butter knife at side

About this recipe

My eggless carrot cake recipe is by nature a slightly healthier cake because it includes nutritious carrots and uses whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Don’t worry, it is still delicious and moist and believe me, no one will even know the difference! 

While developing this perfect egg free and tasty carrot cake recipe, I tested a variety of different methods and ingredients. 

Eventually, I discovered that using my Wheat Cake Recipe as a base recipe worked great for this eggless carrot cake. The result is a lovely cake that is soft and filling and a bit healthier than your traditional carrot cake.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Eggless Carrot Cake

Preparation

1. First rinse and then peel 190 to 200 grams of carrots or 1 large Delhi red carrot. Grate with a fine grater. You should have approximately 1 cup of grated carrots.

You can also use orange carrot or any tender, sweet variety of carrots.

grated carrots in a steel plate

2. Grease a loaf pan very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes.

loaf pan greased with oil

Sifting dry ingredients

3. In a sieve, take 1.5 cups leveled whole wheat flour (180 grams). All-purpose flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour.

whole wheat flour in a sieve

4. Add 1.5 teaspoons levelled baking powder, 1 pinch salt, ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional) and ½ teaspoon ginger powder.

You can skip nutmeg or ginger powder if you do not have it.

ground spices, baking powder, salt added

5. Sift the dry ingredients. Set the bowl aside.

sifted dry ingredients in a bowl

Mixing liquid ingredients

6. In another bowl add 1 can (400 grams) of sweetened condensed milk. For a more sweet cake, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar.

condensed milk being poured in a steel bowl

7. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

vanilla extract added in condensed milk

8. Pour ¼ cup sunflower oil. Be sure to use neutral tasting oil. You can also use olive oil.

sunflower oil being added

9. Add ½ cup milk. Milk can be chilled or at room temperature.

milk being added

10. With a wired whisk begin to stir and mix the wet ingredients briskly for 1 to 2 minutes. You should get a smooth mixture.

mixing liquid ingredients with a wired whisk

11. Now add the grated carrots to the mixed liquid ingredients.

grated carrot added to mixed liquid ingredients

12. Mix again well.

carrot mixed with wired whisk

Making cake batter

13. Pour the liquid ingredients in the sifted dry ingredients.

liquid mixture being poured to sifted dry ingredients

14. With a spatula using the cut and fold technique, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. To check how folding is done, you can watch my youtube video – Eggless Banana Bread.

folding carrot cake batter

15. Use light pressure and fold well. Do not over do the folding. The batter should have volume and should not fall flat or become dense and thick.

It should have a pouring consistency. You can add ¼ cup milk more if the batter looks doughy or too thick.

eggless carrot cake batter done

16. Pour the cake batter in the prepared pan.

pouring eggless carrot cake batter in the prepared loaf pan

17. Gently shake and tap the pan so that the cake batter spreads evenly in the pan.

carrot cake batter spread evenly in the loaf pan

Baking eggless carrot cake

18. Place the loaf pan on the center rack in the preheated oven. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 35 to 45 minutes.

If using a regular oven or an OTG then heat only the bottom heating element (do not heat the top element – use Bake option in the OTGs available in India).

Since temperatures vary from oven to oven, bake time may be different than what is mentioned here.

carrot cake batter being baked in oven

19. After 20 to 25 minutes, cover the top of the pan with aluminium foil. Since condensed milk is used, this cake can get browned on top quickly.

loaf pan covered with aluminium foil

20. Continue to bake until the eggless carrot cake is done and a wooden skewer comes out clean.

checking crumb with a wooden skewer

21. Place the eggless carrot cake pan on a wired rack to cool.

eggless carrot cake baked in the pan and placed on wired rack

22. Once the cake cools down, use a butter knife to loosen the edges. Invert the carrot cake on a chopping board.

eggless carrot cake inverted on chopping board

23. Then slice the eggless carrot cake and serve. Leftover cake can be easily refrigerated.

eggless carrot cake slice on chopping board

24. Serve eggless carrot cake as a tea time sweet or as a dessert.

carrot cake sliced and kept on a wooden board

Serving Suggestions

This eggless carrot cake keeps well, making it the perfect cake to have in the fridge and pull out when a couple of slices are needed for tea time or as a last minute dessert. Just refrigerate it and it will easily last for about two weeks.

I have not made any frosting for the cake, as it is tasty all by itself, but a chocolate frosting, sugar glaze or cream cheese icing would be a fabulous topping for a more decadent dessert. 

Variations

Although the sweetened condensed milk already adds a sweetness to this cake, you can add a few tablespoons of sugar to the recipe if you prefer a sweeter cake.

The whole wheat flour used in this recipe is a healthy alternative to all-purpose flour, however it does give the cake a denser consistency. If you prefer a fluffier eggless carrot cake, feel free to use all-purpose flour in place of all or a portion of the whole wheat flour.

Tips

Expert Tips + FAQs

Can I bake this carrot cake in a microwave oven?

In your microwave oven bake this carrot cake using the convection mode only. This eggless carrot cake recipe won’t work in the microwave mode or in the combination modes. For baking in the convection mode, preheat and bake at 170 degrees Celsius.

Can I make carrot muffins from the batter?

Yes, you can do that.

Can I add nuts?

Yes, add ¼ cup finely chopped nuts of your choice. Walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios are great options. You can even add seeds like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Raisins are also great in this cake.

How can I make a vegan carrot cake using this recipe?

Use coconut cream in place of condensed milk. For sweetness add cup ½ raw sugar which will make you a cake that is just sweet. For more sweetness increase the amount of sugar from ⅔ to ¾ cup.

What can I use instead of condensed milk?

If you want to make an eggless carrot cake recipe, then condensed milk is essential in this recipe.

What to replace oil with?

You can use melted butter instead of oil.

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carrot cake recipe

Eggless Carrot Cake

4.87 from 15 votes
This Eggless Carrot Cake Recipe gives you a decadent and delicious cake that is so easy to make. It is a slightly healthier cake made with whole wheat flour.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine American, World
Course: Desserts
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 1 loaf
Units

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (leveled) or 180 grams
  • 1.5 teaspoons levelled baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder (ground or grated nutmeg) – optional
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder (ground ginger)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk or 400 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk – chilled or at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil – use neutral tasting oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots or 190 to 200 grams carrots or 1 large delhi red carrot

Instructions

Preparation

  • Rinse, peel and finely grate the carrot. 
  • Grease a loaf pan very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes.

Sifting dry ingredients

  • In a sieve, take all the dry ingredients mentioned above. 
  • Sift and keep aside. 

Mixing liquid ingredients

  • In another bowl pour sweetened condensed milk. For a more sweet cake you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Add vanilla extract, sunflower oil and milk. 
  • With a wired whisk begin to stir and mix the wet ingredients briskly for 1 to 2 minutes to a smooth mixture. 
  • Now add the grated carrots to the mixed liquid ingredients. mix again well.

Making cake batter

  • Pour the liquid ingredients in the sifted dry ingredients.
  • With a spatula using cut and fold technique, fold the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients.
  • Use light pressure from hand and fold well. Also do note, not to over do the folding. The batter should have volume and should not fall flat or become dense and thick. It should have a pouring consistency.
  • Pour the cake batter in the prepared pan.
  • Gently shake and tap the pan so that the cake batter spreads evenly in the pan.

Baking carrot cake

  • Place loaf pan on the center rack in the preheated oven. Bake at 180 degrees celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 35 to 45 minutes. If using an OTG then heat only the bottom heating element. Since temperatures vary from oven to oven, the time taken will be less or more than what is mentioned here.
  • After 20 to 25 minutes, cover the top of the pan with an aluminium foil. Since condensed milk is used, this cake can get browned quickly from the top.
  • Continue to bake until the carrot cake is done and a wooden skewer comes out clean.
  • Place the eggless carrot cake pan on a wired tray to cool.
  • Once the carrot cake becomes warm or cools down, then with a butter knife loosen the edges. Invert the cake on a chopping board.
  • Then slice the eggless carrot cake. Leftover carrot cake can be easily refrigerated.
  • Serve eggless carrot cake as tea time sweet or as a dessert.

Notes

  • Baking in the microwave oven: In your microwave oven bake this carrot cake using the convection mode only. The recipe won’t work in the microwave mode or the combination modes. For baking in the convection mode, preheat and bake at 170 degrees.
  • Making carrot muffins: You can make carrot muffins from this carrot cake batter.
  • Adding nuts: Add ¼ cup finely chopped nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios. You can also add sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Raisins also taste nice in this cake.
  • Vegan option: Use coconut cream in place of condensed milk. For sweetness add cup ½ raw sugar which will make you a cake that is just sweet. For more sweetness increase the amount of sugar from ⅔ to ¾ cup.
  • Replacement for condensed milk: For an eggless carrot cake recipe, condensed milk is required in this recipe.
  • Substitute for oil: Use melted butter instead of oil.
  • Approx nutrition info is for 1 slice of eggless carrot cake. 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Eggless Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 carrot cake slice)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1887IU38%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 135mg14%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 13µg3%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 31mg8%
Phosphorus 184mg18%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 Comments

  1. Hi Dasanna,

    Thank you for all your recipes. We live abroad where it’s very difficult to get eggless cakes. I rely on your websites and bake delicious cakes for my daughter who is two and she enjoys them. Every time she smiles having the cake I think of you and can’t thank you enough.
    I have a question regarding carrot cake. Can I use the same batter and make muffins instead of one bread loaf?
    Thank you!

    1. hi supriya, thanks for sharing this sweet feedback and review. glad to know that your daughter likes the cakes. definitely, you can make muffins instead of a loaf. welcome and thanks again.

      1. Thanks for answering my question. Apologies that I misspelt your good name Dassana. I shall make this yummy muffins for my daughter.i wanted to share another thing. I baked banana cake from your recipe blog and shared it with her day care staff. Everybody appreciated that eggless whole wheat cake tasted so good. I pointed them to your website. All in all … a big thanks…:)

        1. welcome supriya. not a problem. some readers to misspell my name. thanks for sharing the website link. whole wheat cakes do taste good. i can vouch for that as i have baked many cakes with whole wheat flour. just that some recipes have not been updated on the blog. while a few recipes i have had shared on the blog.

  2. Hi Dassana
    I just tried yummy carrot cake.it turned out awesome.very easy nd delicious cake. Thanks a lot.
    Only temperature and timings I changed.i started wd 140 degree for approx 35-40 min .it was almost cook but upper crust was almost white so I raised the temp to 160 degree for 10 min but still proper browning was not there then I set 180 degree for last 10 min.
    Colour taste texture all perfect5 stars

    1. thanks for sharing this harmeet. nice to know that the carrot cake turned out perfect. depending on the heating in the oven, the temperatures and timing can be changed or altered. even i experiment on occasions with the timing and temperature.

  3. HiDasana ,
    What is the substitute for condensed milk. Can it be just sugar and milk , what is the proportion .

    Thanks
    Viji5 stars

    1. Welcome Viji. There is no substitute for condensed milk in this carrot cake recipe.

      1. Hi Dassana,
        I love your site and I am a regular here with browsing through your site almost every day. I tried the banana cake recipe and it turned out well just that the middle part of the cake was slightly dense and a tad undercooked. I have a microwave oven. Can I bake this cake in the microwave oven and will I be able to use aluminium foil in the microwave?5 stars

        1. thanks preeti. you can make in the microwave but in the convection mode only. do not make the cake in microwave mode. in the convection mode you can use aluminium foil but do not use in the microwave mode. also do not use combination modes for baking. reduce the temperature and bake preheat and bake at 170 degrees in the convection mode of the microwave oven.

  4. Hello! Amit,

    I have Wilton Heart Tasty Fill Pan which helps, me to bake 2 cakes with a ‘Hollow’ so, that I can fill it up with a frosting.
    The challenge I’m facing is, all the recipes for this novelty pan recommend many eggs, mainly for holding the frosting from inside and outside as well.

    Please, suggest if your ‘Eggless Carrot Cake’ recipe can help me overcome this challenge.
    to make a cake support frosting from inside and outside

    Thanking in anticipation.5 stars

    1. devasena, i checked for the wilton heart tasty fill pan on google. this recipe will work. so you can go ahead.

  5. Hi Dasana,
    I loved your carrot cake recipe. And I really want to try it but we are vegans. Can u suggest a vegan substitute for condensed milk and milk?
    Also just to let you know I am a big fan and follower of your website.
    Your recipes never fail to impress my fussy family!!
    Thanks for all your efforts!!

    1. SK, i did try two times using vegan ingredients, but both times the carrot cake did not turn out well. instead of condensed milk, you can use coconut cream. but here you will need to add sugar. i tried the vegan method with ½ cup of unrefined cane sugar and it was sweet enough. so you can use ½ cup sugar. for more sweetness you can add upto ⅔ or ¾ cup sugar. but i did use carrots which were sweet. if the carrots are not sweet, then you can consider increasing the sugar.

      for milk, you can use almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk or coconut milk. with coconut cream and coconut milk, there will be coconut flavor and aroma in the cake, which will taste good.

      thanks a lot and welcome.

      1. Hi Dassana,

        I was going to ask the same exact question – about making this cake vegan !

        Do you think apple sauce may be a good substitute for condensed milk as I have seen carrot cake recipes incorporate them? Perhaps I can add a combination of apple sauce and sugar —any tips/ suggestions for the amount to use ?

        By the way , I love all your recipes and website. Every single time I try a recipe from your site, it turns out well without fail 🙂 I ve recommended your site to all my friends n family as well who are interested in cooking !

        take care and thank you !

        Vidhya

        1. vidhya, apple sauce is a good substitute for eggs. but in this cake, carrot give a lot of moisture when baking as well as after mixing the batter. so one need to use a substitute which has more viscosity, thickness and heavy. so thus coconut cream fits these requirements. apple sauce can make the cake very moist and soft. in fact i tested making with curd also, but the recipe did not work. you can use apple sauce in combination with coconut cream or thick coconut milk. i think this combination will work.

          thanks for the lovely feedback and also for sharing the site with your family and friends. hugs and you too take care.