Old Fashion Carrot Cake *Dairy-Free*

Old Fashion Carrot Cake *Dairy-Free*Look, we all have to eat our veggies and what better way to eat them than hidden in a cake!  LOL.  My hubby mentioned that he loved carrot cake but can no longer have it due to his lactose allergy so I decided to hook him up.  It’s bad enough that he breaks out so much from the stupid allergy, no need to miss out more than necessary!  So, I found this recipe from some wonderful older ladies.  As a Cherokee, elders are my first go to source for any information!  I love that their recipes are so incredibly simple yet taste so great!

I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on this cake, I generally don’t say anything about it being dairy free as it really doesn’t matter if you can have dairy.  haha.  Any way you slice it, carrot cake is my absolute favorite way to eat carrots!  My coriander carrots come in second, but those are healthy. haha.

Carrot Cake


  • 1 1/2 c cooking oil
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 c raw grated carrots (I took a shortcut and bought the carrots pre-shredded)
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. In large bowl, combine oil and sugar.  Mix.  Set aside.
  2. In another container, mix dry ingredients (except carrots & pecans!)
  3. Alternately mix dry ingredients and eggs into the sugar mixture.
  4. Mix in carrots and nuts.
  5. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes until done.
  • I did two round cakes and served them separately.  Obviously, you can do this and layer your cake or make 1 traditional sized cake or 24 cupcakes.  If you do so, you’ll need to adjust the cook time: longer for traditional cake, shorter for cupcakes.
  • Rather than using traditional cream cheese icing, to ensure it is completely dairy free, I used store-bought vanilla icing.  Duncan Hines creamy home-style vanilla worked best!

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4 thoughts on “Old Fashion Carrot Cake *Dairy-Free*

  • September 3, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    I’d eat that! Thanks for the recipe.

    • September 4, 2020 at 10:36 am

      You are very welcome! I hope you enjoy it! I’d love to hear if you make any modifications!

  • June 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    This looks so yummy! I have some family members that are dairy free, so this would be a great cake to make for them when I am entertaining. 🙂

  • June 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I think I’m the only one in my family that doesn’t eat carrot cake. But I’m sharing the recipe with my son who loves it.


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