Gluten Free Carrot Cake

This is the perfect classic carrot cake. Great for get togethers or for a birthday! 

This recipe is very popular in our family. Often it'll be requested for a birthday cake or just as a regular dessert to enjoy after dinner. The cream cheese frosting is divine, and the actual cake itself is so moist. The pecans add a nice dimension and a little crunch to the cake. Usually I put it in a 9x13 pan, and that'll last us for a while. If you don't want that much cake, you can half the recipe.

I took out the granulated sugar and substituted with coconut sugar. There's also some brown sugar, as well as icing sugar in the frosting. All in all, there isn't a huge amount of processed sugar in this recipe compared to most cakes. It is also perfect for anyone who prefers or has to eat gluten free.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake


1 and 1/2 cups white rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup potato starch
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup drained crushed canned pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 glass pan and set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, starches, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk or beat together coconut sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla until smooth. 
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk/beat together until incorporated. 
  • Add the carrots, crushed pineapple, and pecans and stir together.
  • Spread into your prepared pan
  • Bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a rack.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla, and then icing sugar until completely smooth. 
  • Spread over cooled cake.

Liz & Sarah

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