Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

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The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with light zesty cream cheese frosting. The deliciously tasty cake is made with unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, coconut sugar and orange juice, keeping it sweet without adding that extra sugar.

The creamy, zesty frosting is made with a mix of cream cheese and sour cream, keeping the frosting light and delectable.


grated carrots


carrot cake frosting,

Two extra moist, pleasingly sweet soft carrot cake layers, frosted with a zesty frosting made with whipped cream cheese, sour cream, fresh lemon juice and vanilla. YUM!

I also added earthy walnuts to the frosting to make it even more delicious! Doesn’t this sound good?

Coconut flakes and raisins!

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


Decorating the carrot cake.

 I added extra walnuts, freshly grated carrots, and a sprinkle of coconut flakes to the frosting for the final touch. To decorate the cake, spread the frosting between two layers and over the top.

The best part is that this gluten-free carrot cake is made simply, is lightly sweetened, and the cake layers are flavoured with extra carrots and fresh orange juice.

Then, the cake layers are decorated with the most delicious zesty frosting. This gluten-free dessert turned out better than the classic recipe making this my best gluten-free carrot cake on the blog.

Carrot cake for special occasions.

This cake is for special occasions like Mother’s Day, Easter or that special birthday. And you can whip it up in no time! And, it does make an excellent addition to brunch.

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 lemon juice, all in one dessert.

I hope you enjoy this carrot cake as much as my family does! If you are looking for more gluten-free carrot recipes, I recommend gluten-free carrot pancakes.



  • 1 Tbsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. GF aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. GF baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (1 large orange)
  • 2 1/2 cups finely grated carrots (I used a food processor, took 7 seconds)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sulphite free raisins, soaked in hot water for 3 minutes then drained
  • 8 oz. good quality cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup GF confectioners sugar (icing sugar, powder sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Optional decorations; grated carrots, chopped walnuts, unsweetened coconut flakes
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly spray 2 x (9-inch round) springform cake pans with cooking oil
  • In a medium bowl whisk together first 6 ingredients (flour to salt)
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together coconut sugar, olive oil, eggs and vanilla. Add orange juice, carrots and raisins and stir to combine
  • Add dry ingredients with coconut flakes into wet mixture 1/3 at a time. Mix just until all the ingredients are blended. Do not over mix
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test. Set aside to cool
  • For the frosting, cream together cream cheese, sour cream and butter. Add sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and mix until creamy. Stir in walnuts
  • When cakes are cooled frost one with half the frosting, then place the second cake on top and finish frosting. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. I decorated mine with shredded coconut, carrots and walnuts
  • Note; I used only one cup of sugar for the frosting which makes the frosting zesty and not super sweet. If you prefer more sweetness add more sugar
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    3 Responses to Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

    • Alene Wendrow November 18, 2021

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

      • Kristina November 19, 2021

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

    • Ahsley July 29, 2022

      great texture and flavour, will make this again.

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