Keto Carrot Cake has layers of delicious icing and cake while being keto friendly. Each bite is so decadent not to mention the cake looks gorgeous.

Carrot Cake being sliced.
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Keto Carrot Cake has luscious cake layers for the best sugar-free carrot cake. It is one of the easiest keto desserts to make and sure to be a hit with everyone. If you are following the keto diet, also try Keto Chocolate Mousse Recipe, Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies and Keto Carrot Cake.

Can you have carrots on a keto diet? 

Carrots are allowed on the keto diet.  However, they should be limited due to the grams of carbs in them.  Unlike non starchy veggies, they have a higher carb content.

Ingredients for Low Carb Carrot Cake

Ingredients for Carrot Cake - eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, monk fruit, almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, butter, pecans, carrots.
  • Keto Friendly Sweetener. We used Monk Fruit in this recipe. It is one of my favorite sugar substitutes.
  • Nuts. I used pecans but you can use the nut of your choice.
  • Shredded Carrots. Don’t buy the pre-shredded carrots. The texture is not the same. You need to shred the carrots.

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How to make Keto Carrot Cake

  • Step 1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two 9 in round cake pans with parchment paper. Grease the bottom and sides.
Bowl of butter, coconut oil and erythritol mixed together.

Step 2. Next, in a large bowl, cream together the butter, coconut oil and erythritol, until fluffy.

Vanilla and eggs added to bowl.

Step 3. Then beat in the vanilla extract and beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Wet and dry ingredients combined together in a  bowl.

Step 4. In another bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients.

Carrots mixed into the bowl of batter.

Step 5. Stir in the shredded carrots and chopped pecans into the spices and mixture.

Batter poured into cake pans.

Step 6. Transfer the carrot cake batter evenly among the two prepared baking pans. Bake until the top is springy.

Cakes cooling in pans.

Step 7. Let the keto cakes cool in the pans for a few minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting ingredients combined in a bowl.

Step 8. While the cakes cool, make the frosting with a hand mixer.

Bowl of frosting for carrot cake.

Step 9. Make sure to use a Keto Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe to top this cake with. I made a double batch of the sugar-free cream cheese frosting.

Cake with icing spread on top.

Step 10. When the cake has cooled to room temperature, place the bottom layer on a plate or cake stand. Frost, then add the top layer and frost again.

Cake with frosting and nuts on top.

Step 11. Top with the remaining chopped pecans. Store in the refrigerator. Serve when ready.

Cake topped with frosting and topped with chopped pecans.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Grate Carrots for this recipe?

I bought pre-shredded carrots for this recipe but you can definitely grate your own instead.

Grating carrots is similar to grating cheese. I usually just use my cheese grater and it works great. Make sure to wash and peel the carrots before grating them.

How to Store Homemade Keto Carrot Cake?

This Keto carrot cake does need to be kept in the refrigerator since it’s topped with cream cheese icing.

Either store it in an airtight container or cover it in plastic wrap and it should be good in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

Can you freeze carrot cake?

Yes, carrot cake freezes great. Prepare the cake, let it cool completely and top it with the cream cheese frosting.

Then place the cake on a baking sheet, place it in the freezer for 1-4 hours so that it freezes solid. Then cover the cake in plastic wrap and cover it in foil.

Freeze it for up to 6 months. To defrost, let the cake sit at room temperature until it’s completely thawed. Then it’s ready to serve.

What are some low carb add ins?

My favorite add in for this Keto Carrot Cake recipe is chopped pecans. Pecans add protein to this cake recipe which is great on a Keto diet. Also, I love the flavor and texture it adds to the cake as well.

However, if you don’t love pecans, you can use chopped walnuts or almonds instead.

Also, if you’re not a fan of nuts in your desserts, feel free to just leave them out. The cake will still taste great.

How many net carbs are in a Keto Carrot Cake? 

There are approximately 5 grams of net carbs in 1 slice of this keto carrot cake. This includes the cake only so much sure you track the Keto cream cheese frosting if you are counting your daily net carbs.

There are usually 25-30 grams of carbs in a regular piece of carrot cake, so this one is a much healthier option if you are following a low carb or Keto diet.

Slice of carrot cake on a plate.


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Keto Carrot Cake

4.80 from 5 votes
Keto Carrot Cake has layers of delicious icing and cake while being keto friendly. Each bite is so decadent not to mention the cake looks gorgeous.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 555

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup keto friendly sweetener monk fruit
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans or nut of choice chopped
  • 2 cups Carrots shredded

For the Frosting:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (no sugar added)

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9 in round cake pans with parchment paper. Grease the bottom and sides.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, coconut oil and erythritol, until fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in the grated carrots. Fold 1 cup of the chopped pecans, reserving the remaining ½ cup.
  • Transfer the batter evenly among the two prepared baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is springy.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together with a mixer until fully combined.
  • Add the sweetener and vanilla extract and beat slowly until the sweetener is incorporated (going slowly will avoid the sweetener from getting blown into the air).
  • Once the sweetener is incorporated, beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy.

To Assemble:

  • When the cake has cooled to room temperature, cut the round portion off of the top of the cakes with a serrated knife to make the cakes level.
  • Put 1 of the cakes on a serving platter or cake stand.  Top the cake with the frosting.
  • Then stack the other cake on top of that cake.
  • Frost the top of the cake and the sides of the cake with the remaining frosting (reserve some of the buttercream to decorate the top of the cake).
  • Use the remaining frosting to pipe some swirls on top of the cake and top with the reserved chopped pecans.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 555kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 9g, Fat 56g, Saturated Fat 29g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 12g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 154mg, Sodium 587mg, Potassium 165mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 4863IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 114mg, Iron 1mg

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