Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 57KCAL

This delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is an amazing, slimming-friendly treat whether you’re following Weight Watchers or calorie counting!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories57
  • Carbs6g
  • Protein3g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars1g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Is there anything more tempting than a moist, freshly made Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting? The delicately spiced sponge with a dollop of cream cheese frosting is such a classic recipe, it’s great to be able to make this slimming friendly version!

This is a really simple recipe but if you are feeling creative or making the carrot cake for a special occasion, why not decorate it? You can buy all sorts of edible decorations in supermarkets at the moment – edible glitter or cute fondant carrots that would look amazing on top of a cake! Just don’t forget to work out nutritional values and add up any calories or Points!

What diets is this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting suitable for?

This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Porridge Oats

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 0 Points per portion of this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

Not at all! All the ingredients are really easy to come by at the supermarket.

We use some classic carrot cake spices in this recipe – cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. Just make sure you buy mixed spice and not allspice…the two are very different and you really wouldn’t want to get them mixed up!

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We like to use a natural, granulated sweetener which weighs the same as sugar. Look out for brands such as Sukrin, Natvia or Canderel Sugarly.

How many calories are in this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

There are 57 calories per portion in this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To make the cakes

Step 1

Pre heat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with 6 medium paper cupcake cases.

Step 2

Pat the grated carrot dry on some kitchen roll.

Step 3

Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Step 4

Divide the mixture between the 6 cases then bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Step 5

Allow to cool and top with the frosting.

To make the frosting

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients together and spread over the top of the cooled cakes.

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How do you know when this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is cooked?

You should cook the cake until it is cooked right through and a skewer comes out clean when pushed into the centre.

This should take approx 25-30 minutes in the oven.

How long can you keep this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

Make sure to refrigerate these cakes in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of these cakes in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen before the frosting is put on, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is an amazing, slimming-friendly treat whether you’re following Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 57
  • Carbs 6G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

For the Cakes

  • 40 g porridge oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large carrot or 2 small, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

For the frosting

  • 3 tbsp quark
  • 1 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Instructions

To make the Cakes
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with 6 medium paper cupcake cases
  2. Pat the grated carrot dry on some kitchen roll
  3. Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly
  4. Divide the mixture between the 6 cases then bake for 25 - 30 minutes
  5. Allow to cool and top with the frosting
To make the frosting
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and spread over the top of the cooled cakes

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LauraSunday 26th July 2020

I can’t get the base to “dry” on these, it’s always too moist and inedible.

What can I do?

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    LisaMonday 27th July 2020

    Hi Laura. Our carrot cake is supposed to be moist, but if you are finding it too moist, you could try wrapping the carrot in a tea towel and squeezing out any excess moisture. Hope this helps

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