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Gluten-Free Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Emily Smith
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


A deliciously moist cake that is a delight for any special occasion.


  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded carrot


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) block low-fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Prepare an 9 x13 inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  3. Combine flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until blended. In a separate large mixing bowl, add sugars, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Using a mixer, beat on medium-low speed until blended (do not over beat). Slowly add in the dry mixture, continuing to beat on low until the batter is smooth and blended. Finally add in by gently folding, the carrots and any additions (such as walnuts, pecans, or raisins).
  4. Pour cake batter into your prepared pan. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until the centre comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.
  6. For the frosting, combine butter, vanilla, and cream cheese in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Use a mixer to beat until smooth. Gradually and cautiously add small amounts of powdered sugar, continuing to beat on low until smooth. When the cake is completely cooled (you can even place in freezer at the end for 10 minutes or so, just to make sure the top won’t lift) – spread frosting over the cake. If you’d like, sprinkle with crushed pecans. Serve and enjoy!
  • Cook Time: 40


  • Serving Size: 18