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Apple Carrot Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Written by COA Nutrition Team On October 9, 2020

This Apple Carrot Cake topped with a Cinnamon Greek Yogurt is packed with real fruits and veggies and is a delicious lightened dessert for kids!


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (all-purpose works too!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1 medium apple, grated


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray one round 8-inch cake pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add the egg, brown sugar, coconut oil, honey, Greek yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t over mix.
  4. Grate apples and carrots and fold gently to combine into the batter.
  5. Turn batter out into the prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. The batter will be very thick, this is what you want.
  6. Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Baking times will vary based on the moisture content of carrots, apples, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your cake, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
  7. Allow cake to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  8. To make the frosting, simply mix the yogurt and cinnamon together and top on a completely cooled cake. If you want it a bit sweeter, add a tablespoon or two of honey to the yogurt.

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Build time-saving habits

There are plenty of little habits you can build while cooking that will make you more efficient. For example, rinse prep dishes as you go to make washing them easier or move them into the dishwasher as you’re working. You can also create a scrap bag or bowl where you discard skins, odd bits, or anything else you might throw away while cooking – this way you don’t have to lose your flow walking over to the trash can. A huge time-saver: prep bowls. Measure out your ingredients beforehand and set them out in prep bowls. That way, once it’s time to use them, you can just grab the bowl and pour.

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