This is our carrot cake version of that simple snack cake. I never think that carrot cake is something I love that much, but seriously…I couldn’t keep my hands off this cake.
❤️ Why you’ll love this cake:
makes a small 8×8 cake
full of carrots and nuts
no frosting needed
only 10 minutes prep time
It makes me happy when cakes include veggies and nuts, because carrots and walnuts = healthy, so this cake is healthy, right? You know you like my thinking.
Tips for Making Carrot Walnut Cake
I also used all brown sugar in order to make the cake as moist as possible. I love using brown sugar in baking for the deep flavor and texture it gives my cakes, cookies and muffins.
Carrot cakes have to include freshly grated carrots, which also makes for a tender cake. My favorite way to quickly chop veggies is my little Ninja Express Chop. I don’t know what I’d do without this little kitchen tool. It’s used at nearly every mealtime in our house. Yes, it’s an extra tool to wash, but a 15-second rinse is much easier than 5 minutes of chopping by hand.
Use canola oil, vegetable oil, or for a boost of flavor, coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil before adding it to the batter.
This recipe calls for just one teaspoon of cinnamon. Add more cinnamon, or add a dash of nutmeg if you’d like to add more flavor.
Mix the batter until the flour is completely mixed in, but don’t overmix.
Mix this cake by hand. There’s no need to pull out a mixer for this easy cake recipe.
In a small bowl, combine the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
Add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until combined.
Mix in the flour, stirring until the flour is fully incorporated in.
Fold in the carrots and walnuts.
Spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-37 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Once the cake has cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.
The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 9 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**This was originally published on February 20, 2015.