Low Sugar Carrot Cake

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe provided by DaVita patient, Thomas, and submitted by DaVita dietitian Victoria from California.

Portions: 20

Serving size: 1 piece 2-1/4" x 2-1/2"


    • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
    • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
    • 1 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 cups carrots, shredded
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 3/4 cup Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated 
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    1. Preheat oven to 350o F. 
    2. Grease and lightly flour a 9" x 13" pan. 
    3. Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together. Set aside. 
    4. Combine oil and Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking. Add in one egg at a time, mixing after each egg is added. 
    5. Gradually add dry ingredients. Mix well. 
    6. Fold in shredded carrots. Pour into baking pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    7. To make icing, combine butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. 
    8. Gradually add Splenda® granulated sweetener while beating. Add vanilla and mix well. 
    9. Spread icing on cake after it cools well.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  327
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  17 g
  • Fat  27 g
  • Cholesterol  68 mg
  • Sodium  157 mg
  • Potassium  99 mg
  • Phosphorus  76 mg
  • Calcium  48 mg
  • Fiber  1.2 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 starch
    • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium
    • 5 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • For a lower fat version, replace 1/2-cup canola oil with 1/2-cup unsweetened applesauce; replace eggs with 1-cup low-cholesterol egg product; use reduced-calorie cream cheese. (250 calories, 18 grams fat per serving).
    • If desired, replace Splenda products with equal amounts of sugar.
    • Splenda is available in four forms:  Splenda® Sugar Blend for Baking (half Splenda®, half sugar), Splenda® Brown sugar Blend (half Splenda, half brown sugar),  Splenda® granulater sweetener and Splenda® tabletop sweetener. For best results use the two types specified in this recipe.   

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