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Orange carrot cake

Adding some subtle orange flavor to a traditional carrot cake brings it to a whole new level of awesomeness!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, cake recipes, carrot cake, healthy desserts, whole wheat cake recipes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • cup oil. this is much healthier, but can dry the cake out. If you are worried about it, use ½ to ¾ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest make sure and wash your oranges well before zesting
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk I always use powdered. It's so much easier to keep in stock
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • dash salt
  • 1 ½ cup shredded carrots

Orange cream cheese glaze

  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • orange juice until it reaches desired consistency


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Prepare baking pan. I used a medium sized bundt pan. Or it will make 12 cupcakes.
    Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
    Grates carrots and set aside. 
    Combine oil and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Next is zest, orange juice and buttermilk. Mix only until combined. To this, add flour mixture. Again, mix only until combined. Last is carrots. Again, careful not to overmix. 
    Pour into pan and bake. If you are using the whole wheat remember to pull the cake out just before you will feel like it's completely baked. It will continue to bake even after it's removed from the oven. The whole wheat will absorb a lot of liquid and have a tendency to dry it out if it's over baked. Remove from oven.
    Let it cool for 7-10 minutes in bundt pan. Remove from pan and let it continue to cool slightly. 
    Mix ingredients for glaze. Drizzle over top of the cake. 
    Cut yourself a decent sized piece, and sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!