Low Calorie Carrot Cake Recipe – Fat-Free & Super Moist!

Just because you’re aiming to cut calories and eat healthy doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to forgo sweet treats! Here is a fantastic low calorie carrot cake recipe that is sure to please your taste buds.

This carrot cake is really delicious! It’ll become a fast favorite. Because it uses applesauce instead of oil, the result is a flavorful and moist cake. Personally, I enjoy it more than a high calorie version of traditional carrot cake.  Plus, it is a great way to sneak in some veggies and fruits as each serving counts for one and a half fruit servings – what other cake can do  that?


12 Servings at about 175 calories per serving (use Splenda to save even more calories)


  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups of grated carrots


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a baking pan with non-fat cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the apple butter, applesauce, eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Next, slowly add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture.
  5. Blend until all of the ingredients are moistened.
  6. Lightly mix in the grated carrots.
  7. Pour into baking pan.
  8. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes.
  9. After your cake is done cooking, allow it to reach room temperature and then spread cream cheese frosting on top or sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Another option is to use fat-free Cool Whip as a topping.

Want Frosting?

Check out our fantastic low calorie cream cheese frosting recipe!


Notes and variations:

You can tell if your cake is done by inserting a toothpick or knife into the center and seeing if the batter sticks. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done.

You can also use this batter to make low calorie carrot cupcakes!  Just bake 20-25 minutes until cooked. Remember to grease the muffin tin with nonfat cooking spray or use paper cupcake liners.


Low Calorie Carrot Cake Mix Review

In a hurry and don’t have a lot of time? While I still love my low calorie carrot cake recipe, I recently discovered an organic, gluten-free low calorie carrot cake mix by the brand Simply Organic. I wrote a review on their low calorie banana bread mix and am in love with their products. Make sure to check out their carrot cake version (you can get 3 boxes, the equivalent of 3 cakes, for just around $12 on Amazon!)

Low Calorie Carrot Cake Recipe – Fat-Free & Super Moist!
5 (100%) 1 vote

More Low Calorie Ideas:


  • […] have yet to try low fat cupcake recipes, but I did see a link to a carrot cake off of your link. http://lowcalorieideas.com/2010/03/l…t-cake-recipe/ Im going to try and make this probably next week in cupcake form with cool whip topping. Ill let […]

    Rate This Comment
  • jessica

    i just made 24 cupcakes. i added the extra cinnamon, as suggested in the comments. i loved how moist it came out, and it made my kitchen smell wonderful, but am going to have to experiment a bit with adding either more sugar, or a bit of salt. i feel it needs a bit more flavor. maybe more apple butter and less apple sauce? i’ll update with the results of my next batch. after i finish the 24 i just baked. ;d

    Rate This Comment
  • tulabelle

    I made this for a “healthy eating” themed day at my workplace today and people LOVED it! I actually added another tsp or two of cinnamon after tasting the batter (I like my carrot cake spicy!) Anyways, my colleagues LOVED it and couldn’t believe it was under 200 cals a slice and had applesauce in it. People asked for the recipe so I e-mailed this link to them.


    Rate This Comment
  • Thanks for the low calorie ideas. I’ve been doing some research on sugar free chocolates and I found a good online fudge store that sells sugar free chocolates very reasonably, and of course the chocolate is delicious!

    Rate This Comment
  • Hi Rebecca,

    Not sure what the issue was as I make this all the time and friends and family love it (trust me, they’d say otherwise!). If you’re looking for a full-fat cake recipe, then low calorie cakes aren’t going to give you the exact same flavor; there are some sacrifices to eating healthy and cutting calories. I personally love this as a healthy and low calorie carrot cake that is guilt free. It still tastes like dessert to me, so maybe we just have different tastes. Additionally, carrot cakes are not meant to taste like carrot. They are meant to taste like a spice cake, carrots work to give the cake a great texture. Perhaps you didn’t use enough spice. Most spice loses its potency over time, so there probably wasn’t enough used in your recipe. (1 year old cinnamon isn’t as strong as recently purchased cinnamon) Lastly, I have no idea why the frosting would taste salty. There is no salt in the recipe, perhaps the brand of cream cheese you used had more sodium than necessary; the frosting can only be sweet when the recipe just calls for cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla and spice…

    I apologize you didn’t like it, but I hope others try the recipe as this cake really is delicious when executed properly.

    Rate This Comment
  • Rebecca

    I did not find this carrot cake recipe very good. I followed it to a tee and it turned out very dense and tasted nothing like carrot, or anything really. The only thing I could taste was the low cal cream cheese frosting and even that wasn’t very good. It had a sort of salty taste which is unusual. For the amount of time it took to prep and bake, this is not worth it at all and now I’m left with a big cake and have no idea what to do with it.

    Rate This Comment
  • […] cocoa cayenne cupcakes, they’re spicy so just one is satisfying! I have yet to try their low calorie carrot cake mix, as I have my own favorite recipe that I’ve blogged about in the […]

    Rate This Comment
  • C.

    i love carrot cake & this looks so so sooooo good gonna make it with the cream cheese frosting

    Rate This Comment

Leave a Comment