This carrot and orange cake is an easy Italian recipe made with carrots, orange juice, and almond flour.

Although this is probably one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make, its flavor is absolutely outstanding.

carrot and orange cake

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What to expect

carrot and orange cake

Carrot and orange cake, also known in Italy as “torta alle carote”, o “torta Camilla“, it’s a super simple breakfast cake made with blended carrots, orange, and almond flour.

The cake itself is light, with a soft and moist crumb. The almond flour gives it a gentle nutty taste and together with the carrots and oranges you have a refined and delicate combination of flavors. 

It’s a more Mediterranean flavor palette than the classic carrot cake, and we absolutely love it for a quick breakfast or as a light mid-afternoon snack with a cup of tea.

And the best thing is that you can easily transform this cake into muffins or little baked donuts.

As you’ll see here, this Italian carrot cake uses blended carrots instead of grated carrots and uses orange flavor instead of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 

While this might seem a little unconventional for those living outside of Italy, oranges and carrots together are an incredible match, and they make this cake light, fresh, and simply delicious. 

carrot and orange cake

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Flour: half all-purpose, half whole wheat.
  • Almond flour: the flavour and texture of almond flour go really well with the moist carrots and the orange juice. If you don’t have almond flour, you can just take some almonds and blend them finely till you get almond flour.
  • Sugar: we like to use brown cane sugar but you can replace that with any other sugar. If you want a sugar free version, you can use date paste. We show you how to do that below in the “variations” chapter.
  • Baking powder: to help the cake get taller.
  • Carrots.
  • Orange juice and orange zest: we use both zest and juice of an orange. Orange and carrot flavour goes super well together.
  • Almond milk: perfect for this cake as it recalls the almond flavour.
  • Vegetable oil: choose an oil with neutral flavour. We use sunflower seed oil.
  • Powdered sugar: to sprinkle on top.
a slice of carrot and orange cake


First, preheat the oven to 170C or 340F and line a cake pan with parchment paper. I also brush the sides of the pan with a little oil. 

We are using a 22 centimeter or 8” springform pan, the one that opens on the side.

baking pan

To a bowl, add 250 grams or 1⅔ cup of flour. I like to use half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. 

Then add in 60 grams or ½ cup of almond flour, 16 grams or 1 full tablespoon of baking powder, and 120 grams or a little more than half a cup of brown sugar. You can add up to 150 grams or 2/3 of a cup of sugar for a more decisive taste.

Whisk to combine the dry ingredients and set aside. 

dry ingredients

To a blender, add 250 grams or 9 ounces of peeled and chopped carrots, the grated zest of an orange, preferably organic as we are eating the zest, then cut the orange in half and squeeze its juice. 

Add 60 grams or ¼ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice to the blender.

wet ingredients and carrots in a blender

Now add in 80 grams or ⅓ cup of almond milk, 40 grams or 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil), and blend till you get a smooth texture, almost like a carrot smoothie.

blended carrots with wet ingredients

Add the blended carrots to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until the dry ingredients absorb the liquids. 

mixing the blended carrots with the dry ingredients

Here too, try to mix only for as long as necessary to combine the ingredients, without overmixing.

Italian carrot cake batter

Transfer the cake batter to the cake pan, level it off with a spatula, then bake at 340F or 170C for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

cake batter in a cake pan

Take it out of the oven and let it cool down completely, again it will take at least 3 hours, then if you like you can sprinkle it with some powdered sugar on top. 

Italian torta alle carote


Sugar-free carrot and orange cake

To make a sugar-free cake batter is actually super easy. All you need to do is to replace the sugar with the same quantity in weight of pitted dates or date paste.

For example if the recipe calls for 5 ounces (150 grams) of sugar, then you’ll need 5 ounces (150 grams) of pitted dates.

Add pitted dates to the blender with the carrots, then blend till you have a smooth liquid.

sugar free batter

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, then proceed as instructed above. This torta alle carote made with date paste is naturally sweet thanks to the dates.

date paste and carrots blended

Carrot and Orange Muffins

With the same cake batter, both the one with sugar and the sugar-free one, you can make muffins.

To make muffins, transfer the carrot cake batter to a muffin pan lined with muffin liners. You can make up to 12 muffins with our quantities.

muffins in a muffin pan

Bake them in a preheated oven at 170 celsius or 340 Fahrenheit for about 18 minutes. They are so naturally delicious, soft, and moist. 

carrot cake muffins

We love those as a quick breakfast on the go or as a snack. They are quite healthy and nutritious too, thanks to the dates and the carrots.

Carrots and orange Donuts

But our favorite way to use this sugar-free carrot cake batter is by giving it a donut shape. To do this you’ll need a donut baking pan.

Brush it with oil, then transfer the batter to a pastry piping bag and fill in the donut pan. 

donut baking pan

Don’t add too much batter in the pan, I actually added a little too much here, then bake the donuts in a preheated oven at 170 celsius or 340 Fahrenheit for about 13 to 15 minutes, depending on how big your donuts are.

carrot cake donuts

Those little donuts are irresistible, they are perfect to take with you during the day, and they are also super kids friendly although there’s zero sugar. 

baked donuts


Keep this cake at room temperature for up to 5 days, ideally under a cake dome, or in a food-grade plastic bag.

You can also freeze the cake (or the muffins and the donuts) and thaw in the microwave.

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Italian carrot cake torta camilla

Italian carrot cake

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 23 votes
This carrot and orange cake is an easy Italian recipe made with carrots, orange juice, and almond flour.
Although this is probably one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make, its flavor is absolutely outstanding.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian


  • Blender
  • spring form pan or cake pan 8" or 9" – 22cm to 23cm


  • 1⅔ cups flour half all-purpose, half whole wheat
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 9 ounces carrots
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 orange grated zest
  • cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat the oven to 340F or 170C. Line a cake pan with parchment paper.
    lining a cake tin with parchment paper
  • To a bowl, add the flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat), almond flour, sugar, and baking powder. Whisk to combine and set aside.
    mixing dry ingredients
  • To a blender, add peeled and chopped carrots, grated orange zest, then the juice from the same orange, almond milk, and vegetable oil. Blend till you have a smooth liquid.
    blending carrots with liquids
  • Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula till combined. Do not overmix.
    adding blended carrots to dry ingredients
  • Transfer the cake batter to the cake pan and bake for 35 minutes at 340F (170C) or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
    transferring cake batter to cake pan
  • Let cool down completely – that is for at least 3 hours – before sprinkling with powdered sugar, slicing, and serving with a cup of tea or coffee.
    covering cake with icing sugar


Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Potassium: 254mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 3515IU, Vitamin B6: 1mg, Vitamin C: 10mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 9µg, Calcium: 91mg, Folate: 47µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 9mg, Zinc: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The cake turned delicious, I got so many compliments. Thank you for this amazing recipe. I am looking forward to trying many other of your cake recipes.

    1. That’s wonderful Nancy! I’m so happy you enjoyed this Italian cake 🙂

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment here ❤️ Kindest, Louise

  2. 5 stars
    Made this today after having bookmarked this recipe for months, and it was lovely! A perfect snacking cake – not too sweet; far healthier than many other carrot cake recipes I’ve made in the past; and so, so easy to put together. And you could taste the carrot!

    I’m going to try it next adding some spices similar to American-style carrot cake to see if that works, but this has definitely become my go-to quick carrot cake recipe to satisfy a craving <3 Thank you Nico and Louise! Wishing you both continued success with this blog and your YouTube channels!

    1. Hi Pixie,
      That is fantastic, I’m so happy you loved this cake. We need to do a YouTube short video for that, thank you for the reminder and for your kind message.
      All the best, Louise

  3. 5 stars
    Hi could I use ground almonds (UK) instead of almond flour? Wanted to make this today but do not have any almond flour. Thank you. The cake looks delicious.

    1. Hi Nina,
      I’m happy you feel like making this cake.
      We haven’t tried making it with ground almonds. In general, ground almonds produce denser, browner and heavier results in baking. Almond flour is more suitable for making light and delicate cakes 🙂
      Do you have a blender at home? If yes, you can blend the ground almonds to get to a finer result and make your own almond flour.

      If you decide to try with ground almonds, do let us know what you think.

      I hope this helps.

  4. 5 stars
    What can I substitute for the oil as I am making this for friends who are strictly on “no oil “ diet. Would applesauce be a good substitute? .

    1. Hi Lyn, sure, Yes you can make a no-oil cake! Simply follow our recipe and replace the oil with the same amount of water or applesauce. Enjoy your time with friends. Cheers, Nico

  5. 5 stars
    I made this cake yesterday, using fine cornmeal (maize) instead of ground almonds, and it still turned out well. I appreciate that the recipe would be better with ground almonds, but just thought it would be helpful for those with nut allergies to know that the cake can be made without them and still be delicious. It was still nice and moist, with a lovely orange flavour.

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks so much for leaving a comment! It’s very helpful to know that the carrot cake can be made with cornmeal instead – I am delighted you felt encouraged to experiment a bit!
      Cheers, Nico

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! I made this last Sunday. Absolutely divine, and it stayed fresh for 4 days. Everybody loved it, as did I. Not too sweet at all and just yummy. Thank you Nico. I’m going to make the lemon cake today.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely brilliant and am so looking forward to making these desserts cake, donuts and etc. many thanks

      1. Nico, I need to make this in a Gluten free manner. Do i just add more almond flour or do i use cup4cup? I just had this in Sicily and it was DIVINE

        1. Hi Donna, thanks for your message. I haven’t personally tried this GF but I would go for cup4cup or Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Baking flour gluten-free. Let me know how it turns out 🙂 Super curious to know! Thanksss 🙂

  8. We followed this recipe step by step but our carrot cake turned out to be a big soggy inside. It tasted very good no doubt. We couldn’t the typ 00 flour so used a cake flour typ 450 instead.

    Do you know what we did wrong?

    1. Hi Ashmeet, if you are in Germany try to use half 550 flour and half Vollkorn flour. Due to the carrots this is a very moist cake and it needs the Vollkorn. 450 flour is too fine.

      Another tip, make sure to cook it through without opening the oven. Then let it cool down for at least 3 hours before eating it.

      Hope this helps 🙂