Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Published on Mar 25, 2018

  by   Kristina Stosek

10 reviews

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Serves: 6-8
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This dessert recipe is for a Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with light zesty cream cheese frosting. The moist cake is made with unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, coconut sugar and fresh orange juice. And this is why there is less sugar added than a traditional carrot cake.

2 layers of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and carrot gratings on a plate

frosting with walnuts for gluten free carrot cake

This gluten free dessert is all about the creamy, zesty frosting made with a mix of cream cheese and sour cream, keeping the frosting light and creamy at the same time.

In addition, the frosting has walnuts, adding texture and flavor, making the carrot cake wholesome and more delicious!

grated carrots

This is a 2 layer gluten free carrot cake recipe

This carrot cake dessert has two extra moist layers made with carrots, raisins, coconut flakes, and orange juice and flavored with vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The cake texture and flavor are unmistakably amazing!

coconut flakes and raisins make this carrot cake extra special

What makes this carrot cake stand out from most are raisins and coconut flakes in the cake layers. A little different, but so yummy!


decorated carrot cake with frosting

How to decorate a carrot cake

To decorate this cake, spread the frosting between the two cake layers and over the top. Then, top the frosting with extra walnuts, freshly grated carrots, and a sprinkle of coconut flakes for the final touch. Simple but pretty.

cut back on added sugar

I cut back on sugar from the typical 1 1/2 cups of an average carrot cake recipe to 3/4 cups because I used fresh orange juice and raisins to replace the sugar.

serving suggestions for carrot cake

This gluten free dessert is perfect for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Easter, or that special birthday. And you can whip it up in no time! Or, for brunch, replace muffins with this carrot cake. I promise you no one will be disappointed.

What I love about this cake is it may be considered healthy-ish. Just imagine fresh carrots, heart-healthy olive oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, walnuts, and fresh orange juice in one dessert. Sounds pretty wholesome for a dessert, don’t you agree? 

I hope you enjoy this carrot cake as much as my family does! If you are looking to include carrots in your diet, here are three recommendations:

Creamy Turnip and Carrot Mash 

Creamy Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats.

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx



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great texture and flavour, will make this again.


I think it should work Alene, as long as it has xanthan gum

Alene Wendrow

I wonder if I could use Bob's gf flour that doesn't have rice flour in it? Thank you.

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