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Recipes We Love: Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Author: Tamera @ 7Gen

Carrot cake is a classic, but we’ve put a spin on it with this gluten free recipe. Sweetened with pure maple syrup, we added walnuts, coconut and pineapple for texture and taste.  



2 cups gluten free multi-purpose flour (we like King Arthur Flour)

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 dash cardamom

1 dash freshly grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 drop orange flavor

1 cup organic sucanat

¼ cup maple syrup

½ cup crushed pineapple

½ cup walnut oil

3 large eggs

3 cups grated peeled carrots

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

½ cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger


16 ounces cream cheese, soft

Powdered sugar to taste/consistency (about 1 ½ cups)

¼ cup maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of cake pan.
  2. Whisk all dry ingredients (except sugar) in a bowl until well blended.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat all wet ingredients (including sugar) on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add dry mixture and beat just until blended.
  5. Fold in carrots, pineapple, coconut, and walnuts.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake cake until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean – about 50 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. While cake is in oven, beat cream cheese and maple syrup in mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until smooth and spreadable.
  8. When cake is cool, frost.

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Tania F
Just wondering what size pan to use. It seems like a large 9"x 13" would be the right size, or maybe two round ones? Also, was wondering if I could use organic raw sugar instead of sucanat and would it be the same amount? This looks really good, can't wait to try it.
DariaD picture
What SIZE pan??
shelties11 picture
Cream cheese and eggs? :-( There are many, many recipes for cruelty-free carrot cake. Try Post Punk Kitchen, for starters. Let's take the leaping bunny all the way, from the products we buy to the food we eat. :-)
mimideb picture
I've just been put on a gluten free diet which most of the time is fine, but sometimes I'm asked to bring a dessert and several friends who like sweets will be present. This will be nice to bring. Thanks (what size cake pan?)