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Grain-free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted byLaura Poe on Sun, Mar 08, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Local carrots are still available, and what better way to celebrate them than with carrot cake! This is one of my favorite desserts and it is a total crowd-pleaser. Plus, it is perfect for those on gluten-free or grain-free diets, but everyone loves it of course.

The carrots lend a natural sweetness, as well as a healthy dose of fiber and beta-carotene, a potent anti-oxidant. So grab some local, organic carrots and get baking!Carrot-Cake-Recipe-Photo

Cake Ingredients

1½ cups almond flour
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground dried ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp orange zest
4 Tbsp orange juice
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups grated carrots, packed
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped


Cake Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 9” round cake pan.
  • In large bowl, combine almond & coconut flours, salt, spices & baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Create a well in center of dry ingredients. Add eggs, vanilla, orange zest & juice, along with maple syrup into center. Stir to incorporate wet & dry ingredients together until just mixed.

  • Add carrots, raisins, coconut & walnuts. Stir well to evenly distribute throughout batter.

Pour cake batter into prepared pan & spread to create even surface.

  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating pan halfway through cooking. Cake is done when lightly-browned on top & inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean. Be careful not to overcook as this will dry out cake.

Let cake cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients

1 8oz. block full fat organic cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temp.
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp orange zest
2 Tbsp orange juice


Frosting Directions

  • Cream together butter & cream cheese until fluffy & smooth.
  • Add in vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest & juice. Mix with strong fork or electric beaters until all ingredients are well combined & frosting is creamy.
  • Spread evenly on top of cooled cake.
  • Garnish with extra chopped walnuts & serve.

Dairy free alternatives

The cake itself is dairy free but you could make the frosting without dairy by substituting 11/4 cups organic palm shortening at room temp. for butter & cream cheese (non-hydrogenated, like Spectrum brand). Simply add 2 tsp lemon juice & pinch of salt to recipe for better flavor. Taste it to see if it needs a little extra maple syrup & adjust to your preferences.

Tags: Carrots, cake, gluten-free