I’m not a huge carrot cake fan…I’d usually choose pumpkin or chocolate, of course. But, for some reason I was craving carrot cake. And, the ZenSweet family was in need of a new, fresh breakfast recipe. We eat a lot of organic eggs, and sometimes, we just need a healthy, sweet breakfast option instead. This coupled with the fact that my Dad’s birthday is coming up in September pushed me to create a super delicious, moist, traditional carrot cake recipe. This recipe tastes just like the real thing, but is healthy, and even my Dad won’t be able to tell this muffin/cake is sugar free.
I’m writing the recipe here for muffins because like I mentioned, we needed a quick, sweet breakfast grab and go, but I’ll also give instructions for making a cake. I’ll be making this into a cake for my Dad’s birthday coming up soon! I hope you enjoy this versatile recipe as much as we did.
**To Make this Recipe into a Cake: DOUBLE the muffin recipe batch and Bake in 2- 8 inch round pans at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes. Let cool before inverting to remove from pans. To Frost the Cake: Take the Frosting recipe times 4. OR use ZenSweet Frosting -Nothing Artificial About It…Sugar Free Frosting. This is enough for a thin layer of frosting between the two cakes and on top. You can sprinkle the top of the cake with chopped pecans and even some colorful grated carrots if you like! **
A funny little note on this recipe…..I found the most beautiful multi-colored, heirloom carrots at the store. The kids thought they were so neat looking, and just couldn’t help but play with these beautiful, green-topped carrots during the photo shoot. You’ll get a good look at what my “professional food photo shoots” actually look like behind the scenes.
I tend to be a perfectionist and I am definitely a recovering control freak. As you can see, blog posts in the ZenSweet house are chaotic and definitely challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! It’s a good lesson for me to take a breath, stop and be present. Plant my feet firmly on the earth and open my eyes to the sweet, playful, innocence of little ones around me, and let-go of making everything “perfect.” The ZenSweet Life blog isn’t like other blogs (that may sometimes look perfectly staged and elegantly photographed). The ZenSweet Life is well, a beautiful – mess! Looking back at these pictures make me smile. I hope they bring some light to your day too.