We recently had a birthday in our house. A birthday that required an especially lovely cake made with einkorn flour. But not just any einkorn cake was requested. In particular, the birthday girl requested an einkorn carrot cake. Undoubtedly, I was particularly excited to create this moist and flavor packed einkorn flour carrot cake recipe for my special girl! Most important to note, I kept it low sugar by sweetening it with honey, peppered it with raisins and moistened it with applesauce. Not only can this einkorn carrot cake recipe be made into a birthday cake, but it can also be made into einkorn carrot cake cupcakes!
Because einkorn flour is known for mixing into a gummy batter that bakes into a dense cake, I knew I had to keep my ingredients intentional. What’s more, I wanted to keep them healthy. Especially because this einkorn carrot cake was serving such a special person.
Einkorn Flour Carrot Cake Recipe Ingredient List
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EINKORN FLOUR- For this recipe, I used all-purpose einkorn flour.
BAKING SODA- Acts as a leavening agent to help make the cake especially light and fluffy.
SALT- Use fine salt for this, not course kosher salt. Without a doubt, nobody wants to chew on a large, gritty piece of salt granule.
CINNAMON- Here’s a fun fact about me: I’m a cinnamon snob. That’s right! I can particularly taste and smell cheap cinnamon a mile away. For that reason, I only use Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon. I urge you to try their cinnamon. Then compare the smell and taste to your grocery store brand. Without a doubt, you’ll never use cheap cinnamon again!
EGGS- Three large eggs are needed for this recipe. As a result, they help the cake from becoming too dense.
HONEY- As a rule, I use honey as a sweetener whenever possible. Baking is no exception to this rule. Have crystallized honey? This is an especially great recipe to whip some into!
BUTTERMILK- Adding buttermilk to this einkorn carrot cake recipe not only gives the cake a softer texture, but it helps it to rise.
Don’t have buttermilk? Don’t worry! In order to make 3/4 Cup of buttermilk, simply add 2 1/4 teaspoons of white vinegar to 3/4 cup of milk. Then mix and let set for 5 minutes before using.
COCONUT OIL- When baking, I generally prefer to use coconut oil, if possible. It’s important to note that the coconut oil needs to be melted, or use MCT oil. Alternatively, avocado oil could be substituted for the coconut oil.
RUM EXTRACT- Because I like the warm undertones that the rum extract lends, I add equal amounts rum and vanilla extract. This is completely optional. In fact, you could omit the rum extract and just use vanilla extract.
VANILLA EXTRACT- See above note.
RAISINS- There is no need to soak the raisins before adding them to the batter. Surprisingly, they bake up plump!
APPLESAUCE- In order to control the sugar in this einkorn cake recipe, I would recommend using unsweetened applesauce. Unless you’re like me and preserve your own and know the ingredient list. In that case, use what you have on hand.
CARROTS- The carrots in this recipe will be shredded. Therefore, the large or small side of your box grater can be used to grate your carrots. It’s really a personal preference. Using the small side of the grater will especially help the carrots to melt into the cake.
A Tale of Three Bowls
This recipe uses no less than three bowls. I know, I know. Normally I shy away from recipes that call for me using a considerable amount of dishes that will need hand washing afterwards.
Having said that, don’t let the dishes discourage you from making this einkorn flour carrot cake recipe. I promise, it’s worth every last dish.
This is your dry ingredient bowl.
To being with, add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to a medium sized bowl.
Then, using a dry whisk, incorporate all of the dry ingredients. Set the bowl aside.
This is your wet ingredient bowl.
To start with, to a large size bowl, add the eggs, honey, buttermilk, extract(s) and melted coconut oil.
Next, using the same whisk you used to incorporate the dry ingredients, whisk the wet ingredients together until fully incorporated.
Afterwards, set the bowl aside.
This is your goody bowl, where the magic happens!
Now, to a small bowl, add the raisins, applesauce and shredded carrots. Then, using a spatula, mix to fully incorporate.
Set the bowl aside.
Meanwhile, to bowl two, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients from bowl one. Then, using a whisk, fully incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet. Do not overmix.
Add the dry ingredients in two more intervals, following the same process as above. To repeat, do not overmix. As I have said, overmixing can cause a gummy batter
Now that the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, using a spatula, fold in the raisins mixture from bowl three.
What To Bake Einkorn Carrot Cake In?
There really are countless vessels to bake a cake in, aren’t there? Be that as it may, a sensible approach would be to use a 13X9 baking dish, or two-9″ cake rounds.
If using a 13X9 baking dish, butter the bottom and sides of the pan before pouring the batter into it.
If using two-9″ cake rounds, butter and flour your tins before splitting the batter evenly between the pans.
Perhaps you would like einkorn carrot cake cupcakes instead of a cake? If that is the case, then line your muffin tins with cupcake liners and fill 3/4 of the way full with batter. This will make 24 einkorn carrot cake cupcakes.
Frosting The Cake
I’ll be honest, I wanted to flake out on the frosting and make a traditional cream cheese frosting to ice this einkorn carrot cake. But the recipe called for four cups of powdered sugar! As a result, I got cold feet and got my honey jar back out.
Because powdered sugar adds a lot of volume to the traditional cream cheese recipe, I omitted said sugar in my frosting recipe. In order to have enough frosting, I doubled the below frosting recipe.
Honey Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
CREAM CHEESE- Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature.
BUTTER- Without a doubt, softening the butter will help it to incorporate more evenly.
HONEY- Use a good quality honey. In this case, the honey will add flavor and depth to the finished product.
CINNAMON- This is completely optional, but it really adds warmth to the frosting. As has been noted, you cannot go wrong with Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon.
VANILLA EXTRACT- For flavoring, of course!
Tips for Frosting Einkorn Carrot Cake and Cupcakes
- Use room temperature frosting so as not to tear your einkorn cake or cupcakes when icing them.
- Equally important to note, is to never frost a warm cake. Ensure your cake has cooled completely. If not, your frosting will undoubtedly melt off the cake and look horrendous.
- Another important tip to note is because this frosting does not have powdered sugar, it is not desirable for decorative piping on your einkorn birthday cake.
- Because of the cream cheese, this frosting must be stored in the fridge, including any frosted cake or einkorn cupcakes.
- As an added bonus, this frosting is especially good on bagels!
Einkorn Flour Carrot Cake RecipeYield: 9X13 CakePrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesAdditional Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour
This einkorn flour carrot cake recipe is sweetened with honey, peppered with raisins and moistened with applesauce. Includes my cream cheese frosting recipe that is sweetened with honey and leaves out the powdered sugar.
- 2 Cup einkorn flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 C buttermilk
- 3/4 C honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. rum extract
- 3/4 C coconut oil
- 1 C raisins
- 1 C applesauce
- 1 1/2 C shredded carrots
- 8-oz cream cheese, softened
- 4T butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 C honey
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and/or flour your baking dish(es). If you are making cupcakes, line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- To a medium bowl, add the einkorn flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Using a dry whisk, combine the dry ingredients. Set the bowl aside.
- Now, in a large bowl, add the eggs, buttermilk, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract and rum extract. Using the whisk from the dry ingredients, fully incorporate the wet ingredients. Set aside.
- Last, to a small bowl, add the raisins, applesauce and shredded carrots. Using a spatula, combine the ingredients. Set the bowl aside.
- To the large bowl, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Whisk to fully incorporate. Take care not to overmix. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients two more times, fully incorporating in between additions and taking care not to overmix.
- Now, using a spatula, fold the carrot mixture into the batter, fully incorporating.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and place in the oven. If baking muffins, they will bake for 18-20 minutes. If baking a cake, it will bake for 25-35 minutes, depending on the size of your baking dish.
- Cool completely on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, frost the cake or cupcakes.
- If you are making cupcakes, this will make 24 cupcakes.
- There is no need to soak the raisins as they will plump up in the baking process.
- If you do not have buttermilk, to 3/4 cup of milk, add 2 1/4 teaspoons of white vinegar to the milk, stir, and let set for 5 minutes before adding to the wet ingredients.
- The rum extract is optional. If preferred, replace the rum extract with vanilla extract, using 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract total.
- Do not frost you cake until it is completely cooled or the frosting will literally melt off the cake.
- Use room temperature frosting so as not to tear your cake.
- This frosting recipe tastes amazing on bagels, too!
- Because of the cream cheese, this frosting must be stored in the fridge, including any frosted cake or cupcakes.
- As this frosting does not have powdered sugar, it is not desirable for decorative piping on your einkorn birthday cake.
Let me know what you think of this einkorn birthday cake recipe, particularly if you make a cake or einkorn cupcakes! If you’re feeling especially inspired to make more einkorn flour recipes, or to use more honey in your kitchen, then check out the links below.
Healthy Pop Tarts with Einkorn Pie Crust Recipe
How to Can Fruit and Jam With Honey
Crystallized Honey: Uses and How to Liquify