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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

May 22, 2014

This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with lightened-up cream cheese frosting is a delicious and healthy alternative for your next birthday cake or party.

Gluten-Free Carrot CakeWhen I started this blog I never anticipated that my boyfriend would play any role in it. He didn’t know about it for the first two months after all…I’ll be honest, I judged people who spent their entire blog talking about their significant others and now I’ve officially become that person. Much to C’s dismay.

me and cIn all seriousness, I feel incredibly lucky to have found such a kind, giving and genetically blessed man. Even though he only reads my blog when I remind him to, he is my #1 supporter and best friend. Without a doubt I am his stalker and I am certifiably obsessed with him. Since today is the boy’s 24th birthday (yes he’s younger than me!) I thought I would spend this post thanking him for being without a doubt the most awesome human that has ever walked the planet!

Thank you for being equally as goofy as I am and reminding me that dance parties can happen anytime and anywhere.

Thank you for teaching me to dream big. One day on the ranch…

Thank you for saying things like “public spaces are so important” and “I think it’s a reality that one day I will go to space”…amazing.

Thank you for giving the best hugs.

Thank you for not being a picky eater and eating everything I make.

Thank you for being up for every adventure, no matter where it takes us.

Thank you for not judging me when I’m watching the Kardashians while you’re reading Plato.

Thank you for putting up with me taking an excessive number of pictures of you eating food.

Thank you for the pillow fight we just had cause you wouldn’t leave the room while I was writing this…Truce.

Thank you for reminding me to look up.

Thank you for your patience and especially when it comes to cold, partially-eaten food.

Thank you for forgiving me (in advance) for making your birthday cake gluten-free and healthy. I promise it’s good!

Thank you for showing me that you can only find true love if you take the risk.

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Now it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake! Of course I had to make C’s favourite, carrot cake. But since I am selfish I made it Gluten-Free Carrot Cake so I could enjoy it too. I celebrated early by eating a piece of it and it has taken every ounce of me not to eat the entire thing. Instead it is sitting safely in the back of the fridge in preparation for tonight’s festivities. That is unless C actually reads my blog today and discovers it before then…


Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with lightened-up cream cheese frosting is a delicious and healthy alternative for your next birthday cake or party.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free



For The Cake:

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour (1 1/4 cup of rolled oats ground into flour)
  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar**
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raisins

For The Lightened-Up Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • Optional: 1 cup of chopped, toasted walnuts.


For The Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flours, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.
  5. Add in grated carrot, shredded coconut and raisins.
  6. Grease two 9 inch round cake pans with coconut oil and place a piece of circular parchment paper on the bottom of each (I just cut the parchment paper).
  7. Divide batter evenly between two pans.
  8. Bake for 25-30 mins (mine took 28). Cake is done when a toothpick through the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 20 mins before removing from pans then cool completely on a wire rack.

For The Lightened-Up Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer cream together cream cheese and greek yogurt.
  2. Add in icing sugar and mix until well combined.
  3. Place icing in refrigerator for 30 mins to thicken.

To Assemble The Cake:

  1. Place one cake down and coat with frosting. Sprinkle with walnuts if using.
  2. Place second cake on top and coat with frosting.
  3. Use remainder of frosting to coat the sides.
  4. Sprinkle walnuts on top if using.
  5. Store in refrigerator for several days.

*I recommend namaste perfect flour blend.

**or brown sugar.

Keywords: gluten-free carrot cake

Happy birthday to the most wonderful man I know. May 24 bring you only the best and a year full of happy memories and new adventures. Can’t wait to watch it unfold. Love you, darling!

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  • Reply
    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    OMGGGG. You and C are absolutely positively the cutest couple EVER. Like I want to marry you both. We could have this cake at our wedding!!!!!

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    [email protected]
    May 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Too cute! Happy birthday, C!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Happy birthday C! What a lucky guy to have a girlfriend like you 😉

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    May 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Awww… so sweet! Happy birthday to yo’ man! 😀
    Funfetti with rainbow chip frosting is where it be at.

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    May 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    what a sweet post! happy birthday to your beau! My mom makes a famous chocolate bday cake for our birthdays and this yr she made it gluten free so I could still enjoy it!

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    Mary Frances
    May 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I would not be complaining at all about cake, gluten free or not. 🙂 He should know by now that you post winners every time and seriously, this is one gorgeous cake. I love that second picture of you two! Happy birthday C! You look like an incredible guy. One who shares leftovers, yes? Just kidding, hope you have an incredible day!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So SWEET (literally)!! You two make an adorable couple. And for some reason, the fact that you’re both Canadian makes you two even cuter. I don’t know.
    Carrot cake is also my favorite, so do you think C could share?
    Happy birthday, C-Money!!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Awwr you guys are too darn CUTE! Happy Birthday to C! And girl, I’m not even the biggest fan of carrot cake, but you make it look freaking amazing. Still… I’m gonna have to go with Black Forest as my #1.

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    May 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Happy Birthday to him!! You guys look SUPER CUTE together!!!
    And he’s only a few days older than me – my 24th birthday is on the 27th!

    That carrot cake, wow!!!! I don’t have many baking skills (actualy I have none) but I would love to try it, even though I’m sure it wouldn’t look as awesome as yours!

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    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
    May 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Birthday C!! What a lucky guy! for the record… my birthday is july 16. 😉

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    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner
    May 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Such an awesome post! Happy Birthday C! 🙂 Can’t wait to try the cake recipe! !

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    [email protected]
    May 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my gosh this is so sweet!! You two are absolutely adorable together! Happy Birthday to C!

    My favorite cake is coconut! 🙂

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