Eggless Carrot Cake (Whole Wheat)

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This Eggless Carrot Cake recipe makes a delicious and tender cake every time. Whole wheat carrot cake is a slightly healthy(ish) dessert that features a wonderful lightly sweet flavor and a decadent, moist crumb. Follow my easy instructions with step-by-step photos to prepare a fantastic tea time delight, dessert, or even breakfast treat.

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

About This Recipe

This classic recipe for carrot cake is naturally a slightly healthy dessert option, thanks to the fresh and nutritious carrots that give the cake it’s signature sweet flavor. I’ve perfected this carrot cake recipe that’s made with whole wheat flour and skips the cream cheese icing that’s sometimes included in the US.

I’ve tested and tasted several versions to get just the right taste and texture you know and love in a carrot cake, but without any eggs needed. The cake is slightly dense owing to the nature of whole wheat flour but it tastes great and you won’t complain.

As it turns out, a combination of sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and sunflower oil creates a cake batter that’s moist and slightly fluffy. Exactly what you want in the best egg free carrot cake made with whole wheat flour!

In fact, the first perfect version of eggless cake I created was this Wheat Cake Recipe. It’s so wonderfully light and soft, I figured I’d try it as a base for making a simple carrot cake. Give both of these recipes a try and I’m sure your whole family will love trying to decide which is their favorite.

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 to 2 large carrots. Use a fine grater to grate them into a bowl. You should have approximately 1 cup of grated carrots.

grated carrots in a steel plate

2. Grease a loaf pan very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes.

loaf pan greased with oil

Sifting dry ingredients

3. In a sieve over a bowl, add 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour (180 grams). If you prefer you can use all-purpose flour instead.

whole wheat flour in a sieve

4. Then add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder and ½ teaspoon of ginger powder.

You can skip nutmeg and/or ginger powder, but I recommend using at least the cinnamon for that signature carrot cake flavor.

ground spices, baking powder, salt added

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

sifted dry ingredients in a bowl

Mixing liquid ingredients

6. In another bowl add 1 can (400 grams or 14 oz.) of sweetened condensed milk. For a more sweet cake, you can also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar.

condensed milk being poured in a steel bowl

7. Then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

vanilla extract added in condensed milk

8. Pour in ¼ cup of sunflower oil or olive oil, or other neutral-tasting oil.

sunflower oil being added

9. Add ½ cup of milk, either chilled or at room temperature.

milk being added

10. Now use a wire whisk to briskly blend the wet ingredients for 1 to 2 minutes. You should have 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 eggless carrot cake batter

13. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the sifted dry ingredients.

liquid mixture being poured to sifted dry ingredients

14. Use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. To see 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 of 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 and any air bubbles are removed.

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 (350 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, carefully 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 carrot cake is done and a wooden skewer comes out clean.

checking crumb with a wooden skewer

21. Place the cake pan on a wired rack to cool for at least 15-20 minutes.

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 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 for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, making it the perfect cake to have in the fridge for whenever you need a sweet treat. Keep wrapped in plastic or in an airtight container, and simply take out the cake and slice however many servings you need for tea time or dessert.

Although I prefer my whole wheat carrot cake plain as-is, you certainly can add a frosting if you like. The sweet carrots and warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavors make it perfect to top with a classic cream cheese icing, chocolate frosting, or simple sugar glaze. Choose whichever you want to turn this delicious treat into an ultra-decadent dessert.

Variations

The combination of fresh carrots and sweetened condensed milk make this cake sweet on its own. However, if you want an even sweeter dessert you can add a few tablespoons of granulated sugar to the dry ingredients when preparing the recipe.

The whole wheat flour used in this recipe is a healthy alternative to all-purpose flour, but it does give the cake a slight dense consistency. If you prefer a fluffier eggless carrot cake, feel free to use all-purpose flour instead.

Tips

Expert Tips + FAQs

Can I bake this carrot cake in a microwave oven?

Yes, you can prepare this recipe using a microwave oven in convection mode only. Preheat the microwave oven to 170 degrees Celsius (330 degree Fahrenheit) and bake as per the recipe below.

Can I make carrot muffins from the batter?

Absolutely! Grease a muffin tin or line with paper cups before adding the cake batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, as muffins tend to bake faster than a full cake. Cover the muffins with foil if needed halfway through the baking and continue to bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Can I add nuts?

Yes, add ¼ cup of finely chopped nuts of your choice when you are folding the batter. Raw or toasted 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 eggless carrot cake.

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

Use coconut cream in place of condensed milk. To make up for the sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk, add a ½ to ¾ cup (depending on how sweet you want the cake) of raw sugar to the dry ingredients before mixing.

What can I use instead of condensed milk?

If you want to make an eggless carrot cake recipe you can prepare as a vegan version with coconut cream and sugar as mentioned above. However, the sweetened condensed milk really does create the best texture and taste.

What can I use in place of sunflower oil?

Feel free to substitute the sunflower oil with olive oil, another neutral oil you like, or melted butter.

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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 10 slices
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 bamboo skewer comes out clean.
  • Place the cake pan on a wired tray to cool.
  • Once the cake becomes warm or cools down, then with a butter knife loosen the edges. Invert the cake on a chopping board.
  • Then slice the cake. Leftover 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. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.
  • 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 ½ cup of 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 252 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 332mg9%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2266IU45%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 164mg16%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 15µg4%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 38mg10%
Phosphorus 221mg22%
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.