This rich carob cake is the decadent dessert of your dreams! If you need a one-bowl cake recipe this is just what you want! This is the perfect chocolate alternative for anyone needing a chocolate-free treat! Everyone I served this cake to LOVED it!!
Carob Powder vs Cocoa Powder
Carob powder is naturally sweet. Not crazy sweet but I'll add it to my daily smoothie bowls and don't need additional sweeteners.
Cocoa powder is not sweet. Every time we eat chocolate, whether it's cake or a smoothie bowl, the cocoa powder is accompanied by a sweetener. Carob powder doesn't need a sweetener to be yummy, though additional sugar always makes everything better 😉
If you licked a spoon of cocoa powder you would notice the bitterness first. That is not the case with carob. Plus carob has notes of nutty toasted caramel and molasses. Cocoa has a bitter coffee quality.
How Does Carob Cake Taste?
I would describe the taste of carob as a toasted caramel flavor with nutty notes of molasses and a sweet cocoa flavor.
I've been eating it for over a decade and within the last few years, I've been buying several pounds at a time every few months. I absolutely love carob powder! My go-to carob powder is the Terrasoul brand (not sponsored) on Amazon. It's so flavorful and reasonably priced. That's the brand I used here!
Carob cake is so dreamy!
I told my husband 10 times, "This is carob cake." Yet when he ate it and said "This is soooo good! Is there any chocolate in it?" NOOOOO, IT IS CAROB. HA!
I love chocolate but there's something about carob that I crave daily. I've truly eaten carob every day for years.
Easy Cake Recipe
Whole Foods recipe for Carob Cake was the base layer for this cake. This is one of the best cakes I've ever had.
This cake recipe is quick to come together. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (sugar, flour, carob powder, baking soda & powder, salt) then throw in your wet ingredients (eggs, milk, water, oil, vanilla extract) on top and mix away! Just one bowl.
Carob Cake Frosting Options
You're welcome to make a simple carob buttercream frosting by mixing 1.5 cups of softened butter with 1 cup carob powder, 5 cups powdered sugar, ½ cup milk and 2 ts vanilla extract.
But store-bought icings come in so many flavors that you could easily pair your carob cake with a cream cheese frosting or a simple vanilla frosting. Salted caramel or coconut pecan frosting would knock this cake out of the park! You've got endless options here.
You can even mix carob powder with store-bought frosting. That's what you see pictured here.
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- ¾ cup sugar 172 grams
- ½ cup + 6 TB flour 128 grams
- 3 TB carob powder 24 gram
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup oil
- ½ cup HOT water
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
Carob Frosting (light tasting)
- 1 jar store bought frosting vanilla or cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons carob powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together.
- Add wet ingredients EXCEPT FOR HOT WATER to the same bowl as the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Then add HOT WATER to the mixing bowl. Mix batter for about 2 minutes.
- Pour cake batter into a greased and lined baking pan. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. Approximate times:30-35 minutes for when using 1- 9" round pans
- Let cool completely before frosting 🙂