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Sourdough Spelt Honey Carrot Cake

Sourdough Spelt Honey Carrot Cake

We have a tradition in our house where we celebrate birthdays with cake instead of gifts. Since cleaning up our diets, we have had a variety of treats grace our birthday celebrations, including cookies, pies and grain-free cakes. Cue the idea for this delicious sourdough carrot cake!

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One of my mom’s favorite cakes is carrot cake, so when her birthday rolled around, I decided to experiment with making a sourdough carrot cake. I do not include sugar in my diet besides what I use in water kefir or ginger beer, so it was important to make it with honey so that I could enjoy a piece (or two, or three…).

This sourdough carrot cake turned out delightfully amazing. I will definitely be converting more of our favorite cakes to sourdough in the future!

Sourdough Spelt Carrot Cake Bite
I enjoyed every bite of this cake! So delicious with a tall glass mason jar of raw milk!
Sourdough Spelt Carrot Cake Bite

Sourdough Spelt Honey Carrot Cake Recipe
This sourdough spelt honey carrot cake has nourishing ingredients and makes a delicious and beautiful sourdough birthday cake!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 13 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert


  • 3 round cake pans
  • mixing bowl


Ferment Overnight

  • 1 cup fed sourdough starter (my starter is kept with all-purpose flour)
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup milk

Combine before baking

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup shredded carrots



  • Mix milk and starter together in a big glass mixing bowl. Add 2 cups spelt, mix well, cover the bowl with plastic so it doesn’t form a crust and leave to sour overnight (approx 12hrs).
  • In the morning, take out the eggs so they can come to room temperature. Shred your carrots, finer shreds will work best. Warm the coconut oil if necessary, as it should be liquid. You may also measure out the the extracts, salt/spices and carrots at this time.
  • Cream the honey and coconut oil together in another big mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix together well. Add in your extracts, salt, spices, and shredded carrots, then mix well.
  • Preheat your oven to 350o and grease your cake pans. I used butter. You may line them if you wish.
  • Once your oven is almost done preheating, mix all ingredients together (the fermented batter and the honey, coconut oil, eggs, shredded carrot and spices). You will add the baking soda last, in the next step.
  • Add the two teaspoons of baking soda, mix well, let foam for a second. Then distribute cake batter evenly among the 3 cake pans.
  • Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes. The timing was perfect for my cakes, but I would recommend checking at 20 minutes just in case your oven is speedier than my own.
  • Let cool. I made up the glaze during the cooling phase.
  • Place one layer at a time on your serving spread and spread the glaze as evenly as you can on top before adding another layer. If your glaze won’t spread easily enough, you may need to warm it or dilute it a little (with coconut oil or water). Spread the thickest layer on top of the cake, mmmm!
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Holiday, Sourdough

Don’t forget to leave a comment letting me know what you think. I love hearing from you guys! And pin this recipe for later so you can find it easily!

Sourdough Spelt Carrot Cake With Honey
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Sunday 6th of February 2022

What size cake pans? Would this cake fit in a 9x13? Thank you.


Saturday 21st of May 2022

I know this response is very late, but I used 8 inch round pans. I hope you figured something out!


Sunday 5th of April 2020

In which step do you actually add the fermented flour mixture to other ingredients??? (Unless I’m blind:)) I’m baking right now, had to make it up. And how much baking soda and salt?? I don’t see it in the ingredients.


Sunday 5th of April 2020

I have updated the recipe to reflect that. Thanks so much for reaching out!


Friday 3rd of April 2020

Can I use coconut milk/hazelnut milk? Dairy free option?


Sunday 5th of April 2020

Coconut milk would work just fine! If you are using canned coconut milk, I would recommend boiling and letting it cool first before mixing up your batter to ferment. I have no experience with hazelnut milk so cannot give advice on that. If you do try it, let me know!


Monday 18th of November 2013

Oh my. You just combined my favorite things. Sourdough and carrot cake. Definitely will be making this!


Sunday 17th of November 2013

How about a healthy coconut cheesecake??