Sweet Potato Carrot Cake


Sweet Potato Carrot Cake

UPDATED RECIPE: Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring!

Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes

Well, you guys asked for it, so here it is: paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes…

And sweet potato frosting. πŸ™‚

Yup!

We are fully committed to the sweet potatoes frosting and all.

Sweet potatoes are in the cake, the frosting, and all over my kitchen.

This layer cake is sandwiched with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes, because you haven’t heart the word potatoes enough, right?

Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes

I have to say, this is not your average carrot cake!

But it’s a health lovers carrot cake for sure. πŸ™‚

If you don’t like sweet potatoes, then there is a chance, this isn’t the cake for you…

But then again, maybe you will!

Because all my friends and family loved it- even my dad who hates sweet potatoes!

I wouldn’t know, because I happen to love sweet potatoes.

Try it and let me know what you think, please. πŸ™‚

Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes
sweet potatoes in cake?

When you guys asked me to make a carrot cake made with sweet potatoes, like in my blackout chocolate cake…

I have to say, I had a bit of a brain stretch trying to convert that recipe into carrot cake.

Okay, so we ended up throwing out that recipe all together and went with this, but it is drawing from all the same main highlights of that chocolate sweet potato cake.

Some highlights include:Β 

  1. It’s moist.
  2. Made with all the veg!
  3. Light + fluffy cake (all the heart eyes).
  4. Covered in a whipped vanilla lemon frosting.
  5. And the cake itself if loaded with spice and carrots- you could also add raisins, which would be bomb!
  6. Even all my wheat eating/non-paleo friends and family devoured this one!
Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes

So, if you aren’t into moist carrot cake and smooth lemon frosting…

Then stay tuned, because I am planning on brining a more traditional carrot cake your way (for all you non-health-cake-lovers).

This cake it dedicated to all those who can’t really eat too many things because of allergies, and to those who maybe have a hard time finding recipes that don’t include gluten or refined sugar.

I feel you- been there and done that (but not anymore!).

Please enjoy this healthy spin-off on carrot cake!

P.S. This is the size cake pan I used in this recipe.

Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes
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Sweet Potato Carrot Cake
Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring!
Ingredients
Cake
Frosting
Info
Cook Time 60 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
slices
Course Dessert
Votes: 5
Rating: 4
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Rate this recipe!
Info
Cook Time 60 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
slices
Course Dessert
Votes: 5
Rating: 4
You:
Rate this recipe!
Ingredients
Cake
Frosting
Instructions
  1. I tweaked the recipe and this is the UPDATED RECIPE: Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of three seven inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides with coconut oil.
  2. Mince sweet potatoes for cake in a food processor, until they reach fine rice consistency- this will be the flour base for the recipe. In a bowl or stand mixer combine all ingredients for cake batter, except the grated carrots until smooth. Then stir in grated carrots (and optional raisins).
  3. Divide cake batter between three seven inch cake pans and bake on 350F for about 60 minutes until golden on top. Tip: You will know the cake is finished baking when a toothpick when inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: Peel and slice sweet potatoes into rounds and steam in a large saucepan with about 2-3 inches water on high for 5-10 minutes until soft. Then drain hot water.
  5. Add steamed sweet potatoes and all other ingredients for frosting in a food processor or high speed blender and puree for about five minutes until completely smooth.
  6. Chill frosting in freezer in a large metal bowl for about 15+ minutes or until it reaches buttercream frosting consistency and is cooled down. Stir frosting then put through a mesh strainer- to remove any flecks of lemon zest, so it's perfectly smooth.
  7. Assemble and frost cake, top with chopped pecans (optional) then serve. There will probably be leftover frosting. Store leftovers in fridge or freezer.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Carrot Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Potassium 255mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 43g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 197%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 6%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Paleo carrot cake made with sweet potatoes. Topped with creamy lemon frosting made from white sweet potatoes. A healthy carrot cake recipe that is gluten free and dairy free. Moist and flavorful carrot cake perfect for spring! #cake #baking #paleo #recipes



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    • 2
      Kaylie

      Hi Artemis, potato starch may work in place of tapioca- not 100% sure on the results, because I haven’t tried baking with potato starch in this recipe.

  1. 5
    JC

    I love this healthy recipe and will definitely try it out. But before that, I have this question. When you say, minced sweet potatoes, it means, just mincing the fresh sweet potatoes, right? It’s not cooked/steamed, I suppose? Thanks in advance for your inputs.

  2. 9
    Cori

    Ugh Kaylie this looks so delicious. My favorite cake has always been carrot! I have made a ton of your recipes and your cassava hamburger buns and sweet potato bread are almost weekly staples for me. Unfortuantely, I have not only have celiac disease but had another food intolerance test done and am currently not doing great with eggs and coconut (and almonds and nuts and all seeds and….UGH) so I’ll have to figure this recipe out replacing the coconut flour and eggs. Hopefully I can figure it out because I miss making all of your recipes (not asking you to BTW)! Thanks for working so hard and posting such delicious looking food always for those of us with so many food issues. GOSH THIS LOOKS SO GOOD

  3. 19
    Betty

    Hi Cori, I too have a problem with eggs, but for myself and my adult son, it’s egg whites. So, for egg recipes, I’ll add in ground flax seeds, which I love anyway, and then a few egg yolks from grass fed chickens. Sometimes, allergies are triggered by what the birds are eating!! Has your food testing differentiated between yolks and whites or can you tell? Also, neither of us can tolerate tapioca starch, so I’ll have to experiment with alternate flours for that part. Boy, these food substitutions are challenging, aren’t they!! But, I completely agree with you that this recipe looks incredibly delicious!! Cheers and good luck!

  4. 20
    Tina

    I have a question about the minced sweet potato… do the pieces soften enough in the baking process so you don’t notice them?
    I ask because I’m wondering why you leave it raw/ minced rather than pureeing the sweet potato. I’m picturing kind of grainy pieces in the batter.
    Can’t wait to try it though.

  5. 24
    Sarah

    What do you recomend as an alternative to 3 seperate cake pans? Will this work as a sheet cake or in 2 8-inch pans. Would the temp or baking time change? thx

  6. 28
    rachel

    i made this for a dinner party this weekend and it was a HUGE hit. No one believed it was β€œhealth-ified” and said it was the best cake they’d had in awhile. thank you for such a great recipe!

  7. 30
    Jacque

    I cant believe no one else has yet asked the approx weight of the sweet potatoes. 2 large/med would leave me analysing the sizes at the produce section lol. Can u tell me the weight of them please

    • 31
      Kaylie

      Hi Jacque, I don’t have the weight of them, but I just bought a food scale so I should be adding the sweet potato weights in future recipes from here on out- I realize it can be a bit confusing. Sorry about that! I am editing a video for this recipe that will show the weight of them, if that helps at all. Thanks!

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