Carrot and Orange Cake – dairy free

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. I always say to the kids that breakfast gives you the energy to play, run and have fun for the rest of the day. Even when it’s school day we dedicate at least 15 relaxing minutes to our breakfast every morning, sitting together around the table and enjoying it. That’s why an homemade cake makes our breakfast even more special 🙂

As we are enjoying spring I wanted to prepare something fresh, light and fluffy. I really wanted to incorporate the Cara
Cara oranges incredibly sweet that I found at the farmers’ market all together with the purple carrots. I saw a carrot cake recipe I was intrigued by and, as always, I did my adding/removing/switching thing to the ingredients ending up with the following orange, carrot & almond cake. Not too sweet, dairy free and incredibly fluffy and delicate. Perfect for breakfast with a nice glass of milk!!

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To be sincere the kids were a bit intimidated by the cake color at the beginning. The purple carrots turned into an “interesting” fluorescent violet color 🙂 As soon as they tasted the cake their opinion changed and the cake was gone in few days!!

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Carrot and Orange Almond Cake – dairy free
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar 200gr.
  • 7 Tbsp coconut oil 90ml
  • juice of 1 medium orange 100ml
  • 3/4 Cup almonds 120gr
  • 10 oz. carrots 3 medium or 260gr
  • 1 1/3 Cup flour 180gr
  • zest 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Grate the orange zest, set it apart.
  2. Peel and grate the carrots, set them apart
  3. Place the almonds in a blender/food processor and mix for 2 minutes in order to obtain a breadcrumbs consistency.
  4. In a food processor add the grated carrots, the orange juice and the coconut oil. Mix to obtain a creamy consistency.
  5. In a medium bowl add the eggs and the powdered sugar. Mix for 2 minutes using an electric whisk.
  6. Add the almonds, the orange zest and the carrot mix. Stir.
  7. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
  8. Gently incorporate the dry mix to the batter.
  9. Fill a baking pan with the cake mix. I greased the pan with some Extra Virgin Oil of Olive.
  10. Bake in preheated oven at 400F/180C for 35 minutes.
  11. (Optional) Dust the cake with some powdered sugar
  12. Enjoy!

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    Sofia Kim
    May 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Hi! Thanks for great and creative recipes
    This cake sounds sooo good. I want to try this recipe but without sugar. Do you think it will be too blend if I do not put sugar and salt? What can I put instead? Banana or apple would work??

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      Barbara Lamperti
      May 9, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Sofia!! The quantity of salt is minimum (1/4 teaspoon) you can either leave it or skip it, it will not affect the final result. The sugar quantity is a bit more 200gr./1 and 1/2 cup. If you totally skip it, you might obtain a “bread” like taste. If you do not want to use any kind of sugar (coconut sugar, honey, agave, stevia) I would suggest one banana and few dates, mashed and mixed in a puree’. Thank you for watching BuonaPappa!! b

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        May 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        Thank you so much!! I’ ll try this recipe this weekend. I hope this will boost my son’s apeptite. He’s 14 month old and recently has been rejecting foods that I make for him..

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        May 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        Thank you so much!! I’ ll try this recipe this weekend. I hope this will boost my son’s apeptite. He’s 14 month old and recently has been rejecting foods that I make for him..

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    April 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    hi…mrs..i watching many reciepe of baby food and this cake can be 8 months old baby eat??my name is sofia and i ‘m new mother son likes to eat solid food i noted down some of ur reciepe and want to try for my son…can 8 month old baby take egg??thks

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 10, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Hi Sofia!
      The Carrot and Orange Cake is more suitable for a toddler, I would serve it after 12 months. IF you are looking for a carrot cake for a baby, here you are a recipe you might like:
      Simply skip the frosting and grate the carrots very finely.
      I hope your little one will enjoy it!!! b

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    February 24, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    just made this for my mom, who is lactose intolerant. I ground up a full clementine (not the skin, but i could have, if I boiled it first.) Then I used up the last of my gluten free flour and substituted almond flour to fill it to 1 1/3 cups. I think it’s going to be great as a gluten free / lactose free dessert! If I subbed applesauce or flaxmeal for the eggs, it could probably be a delicious vegan treat.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 22, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      That’s a great alternative too! I love personalizing recipes following my taste too!! brava! b

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