5 Ingredient Carrot Cake Recipe || 7 Easy Steps to Make

5 ingredient carrot cake recipe is a delicious and healthy recipe. It’s so easy to make, with only 5 ingredients. Plus, this recipe only requires 10 minutes of prep time and less than 45 minutes from start to finish!

I’ve made this cake for a few people, but it’s so delicious that I’m sure you’ll also make it for more people.

Carrot cake is a favorite around my house, so I always have leftovers. You can eat the cake by itself or add some frosting on top. That’s up to you because everyone can find their own favorite way to enjoy this cake.

5 Ingredient Carrot Cake Recipe
5 Ingredient Carrot Cake Recipe

I’ve wanted to make a carrot cake for a while now, but because I didn’t have all the ingredients at my house, I made this 5 ingredient recipe.

This is the perfect weekend/holiday dessert or snack. I’m sure your family and friends will love it!

How to make 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe?

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients for 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe:

  • 1 box carrot cake, cake mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • Garnish for 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe: chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions for 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe:

1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients: cake mix, salt, sugar, and oil.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

3. In another bowl, beat the eggs until frothy and light yellow. Then add the baking powder and fold it into the egg mixture. 

4. Then stir in the carrot cake mix, chocolate chips, walnuts, or pecans.


5. Pour the batter into a baking pan that has been greased and floured.

6. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Let it cool completely before serving. 

Store in refrigerator (for up to 3 days). Or freeze it (for up to 1 month).

Nutrition Facts of 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe

Carbohydrates85.5 g
Sugar59.4 g
Protein12.4 g
Fat31.1 g

Why do you use oil instead of butter in carrot cake?

Vegetable oil is used not just to add flavor but also as a substitute for butter because it creates fluffier cakes, cookies, brownies, and other baked goods.

This 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe uses vegetable oil instead of butter (the most common substitute for butter). If you want to try another alternative, you can also use applesauce or prune puree.

Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in a carrot cake?

Yes, you can, but you should use it in moderation because olive oil is high in calories. If you are looking for vegetable oil that is healthier than the usual vegetable oils, then extra light olive oil may be your best choice.

How long will this 5 ingredient carrot cake recipe last?

If properly stored, this recipe can last up to 3 days at room temperature or freeze for up to 1 month.

What is carrot cake icing made of?

Cake icing is made of the same ingredients as cake batter, but usually, it includes less liquid ingredients such as eggs and milk.

What is the difference between carrot cake and carrot cake rolls?

Carrot cake is a rich, moist, and crumbly cake full of flavor. Carrot cake rolls are so-named because they’re shaped like carrots. The cakes are filled with cream cheese frosting/filling or cream cheese frosting/icing, depending on your preference.

How long does this carrot cake last for?

This recipe can last up to 3 days at room temperature or freeze for up to 1 month.

Can you freeze carrot cake?

Yes, you can. This recipe can be frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw the cake first before serving, or eat it immediately after thawing. 

Is this carrot cake healthy?

Carrot cake is a rich, moist, and crumbly cake full of flavor. Carrots have vitamin A and beta-carotene that are good for your eyes, skin, and hair. However, it’s best to have it in moderation because eating too much of this cake could result in weight gain.

What’s the difference between white and brown sugar?

Both white and brown sugars are made from sugar cane. Brown sugar is made from whole-cane sugar, while white is made from refined cane. Brown sugar has a more intense flavor, and it’s usually used in baking or when you want sweetness with a little bit of flavor (like in cakes).


5 ingredient carrot cake recipe is a delicious, easy, and healthy recipe. You can make it for your family or serve it to your guests. I’m sure they’ll love the taste of this cake, especially the kids!

If you want to try another yummy recipe for carrot cake, you can check out this One Bowl Carrot Cake Recipe.

This homemade carrot cake recipe is great for serving a group of people or a big family get-together. Your friends would love your presentation, and you’ll want to share this sweet recipe with anyone that comes by your home.

I hope you enjoy making this recipe. Leave a comment below if you did.

Hi, I’m Mary, and I’m a cake maker here at Cakerecipenow.com blog. With a passion for all things sweet and a flair for creativity in the kitchen, I spent 5 years perfecting the art of cake making and decorating. Over the years, I’ve honed my skills through countless baking experiments, and I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
I love trying new recipes, especially when they’re delicious, I love them so much… hope you like them! Thanks for the time!