I found 9 of the best gluten-free carrot cake recipes and thought I would share them with you. You gotta love carrot cake, I do. Truth be known I like the cream cheese frosting that goes with it more. But the flavors of the cake and the frosting together is what really makes it taste good.
I love carrot cake and just because I’m eating gluten-free doesn’t mean I want to stop eating carrot cake. Besides, recently my mom (and my brother and sister) have all gone gluten-free with their diet and I wanted to find a good recipe I could make for family parties that people who don’t eat gluten-free would eat and not notice it’s not gluten-free.
The more research I do on gluten-free diets, the more I realize there are a lot of things people like me on the gluten-free diet can still enjoy with just a little tweaking.
Check out these best gluten-free carrot cake recipes! I included a variety of recipes because, well…sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients in your fridge for your favorite recipe, and then you need a different recipe.
Enjoy these best gluten-free carrot cake recipes and please let us know which one you like the best.
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Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Recipes
1. Carrot Cake – Real Food Real Deals
This is what I would call a fairly normal carrot cake except it’s made with gluten-free flour and uses maple syrup instead of sugar in the cake. I guess I think it’s fairly normal because it’s very much like the carrot cake I learned to love when I was growing up. My mother and one of my sisters love carrot cake. I think it’s interesting that my grandmother never made carrot cake. When my Mom got a recipe from my aunt she loved it from the start and never stopped. My grandmother sure never knew what she missed out on.
2. Pineapple Carrot Cake with Fluffy Pineapple Whipped Cream Frosting – Mamagourmand
Gluten-Free Flour – Baking Soda – Real Salt – Cinnamon – Cloves – Ginger – Nutmeg – Brown Sugar – Sugar – Eggs – Carrots – Pineapple – Walnuts – Heavy Whipping Cream – Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix – Vanilla – Powdered Sugar – Sour Cream
This is a carrot cake with pineapple inside the cake and the frosting. So if you’re one of those people that like pineapple in your carrot cake then is the one for you. The frosting is made with whipping cream instead of cream cheese which makes it lighter and fluffier. It has a mousse filling between the layers which is a little bit different than the whipped cream frosting. This would be good for a special occasion since it looks like a little more work than most.
3. Carrot Cake – My Gluten-Free Kitchen
What extra ingredients do you like is your carrot cake? It seems to be a subject about which many people are very opinionated. I know I am, I love walnuts in it but no way do I want raisins or pineapple. A survey was done among many friends and here are the results. Only a few people wanted nuts, but most were very adamant that there were not any nuts. A few like coconut. Some liked raisins but a lot didn’t like raisins. The one thing that most people agreed upon was that there should definitely not be any pineapple. I think that’s really funny considering the recipe for number two above. 🙂
4. Carrot Cake – What the Fork
Well, the controversy continues. This is one of those loaded carrot cakes. The kind of nuts, pineapple, and coconut. It doesn’t all for raisins but I’m sure you could add them if you really want to. Not me, I love raisins in oatmeal raisin cookies but anytime those raisins end up plump and juicy and swollen as they do in a cake or rice pudding, I’ll pass every time. This cake is meant to be made for a crowd. Easter Sunday would be a perfect occasion. It’s three layers high, only if you make it that way. Ha Ha
5. Carrot Cake – Sacramento Street
Gluten Free Flour – Bourbon – Carrots – Pecans or Walnuts – Sugar – Eggs – Lemon Zest – Cream Cheese – Powdered Sugar
Now this recipes has got to make you feel good. Just look at the second ingredient on the list. Ha Ha! I’m sure you could leave it out if you want to. It’s totally up to you. When do you like to make carrot cake? Do you only make it for special occasions like birthdays or Easter? Do you make it anytime you feel like making a cake just because you love it so much? Do you make it because you’re in a rut and don’t have any other cake recipes you know how or like to make? I make it for special occasions because I love it because that’s the only time I make a cake:)
6. Carrot Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting – Flippin’ Delicious
Rice Flour – Carrots – Pecans – Brown Sugar – Oil – Eggs – Milk – Xanthan Gum – Cream Cheese – Butter – Powdered Sugar – Vanilla
This a pretty traditional carrot cake with cream cheese frosting but it’s made with rice flour instead of gluten-free flour or almond flour. Don’t be afraid of making a layer cake. They aren’t that tricky to make. The only difference is the pans you bake it in. I have some secrets when it comes to getting the cake out of a round layer pan. First of all, make sure you use a non-stick layer pan. Then make sure you butter it nice and thick and then get a good thick layer of flour over the butter. After it’s baked I turn it upside down and lay it on the plate or cake dish or whatever you want to serve it on. After it sits there for a few minutes, it should just start to fall out of the pan onto the plate. After it cools a little gravity does its thing. The reason I like to do it this way is that if you let it cool too much, it won’t come out. So when it gets to just the right degree of coolness, it just falls.
7. Classic Carrot Cake – Evolving Table
Butter – Oil – Sugar – Eggs – Gluten-Free Flour – Cinnamon – Carrots – Pecans – Cream Cheese – Butter – Powdered Sugar – Milk
How long has it been since someone else made a birthday cake for you on your birthday? How long has it been you’ve made a birthday cake for someone else that isn’t in your immediate family? I think someone made a birthday cake for me once or maybe twice since I moved out of the house and my mother quit making cakes for me. I’m just thinking that might be the case more often than not. I’m thinking that if I were to make a cake for my neighbors, maybe I could make their day. I’m going to try and remember that when their birthday comes along.
8. Carrot Cake with Greek Yogurt and Cream Cheese Frosting – Making Thyme for Health
This cake uses a combination of brown rice flour and almond flour. Brown rice flour has a somewhat light and airy texture and almond flour is somewhat moister. This way they balance each other out and make a good combination for a gluten-free flour. What is your favorite gluten-free flour to use in a cake such as this? One thing that isn’t forgotten for this cake is a nice thick layer of cream cheese frosting.
9. Carrot Cake Recipe – Primal Palate
After writing about all of these recipes I’ve decided that a carrot cake should be renamed to be a “Whatever Cake”. It seems as though you can put whatever you want in it or on top of it. They can have anything extra in them from raisins, pecans, walnuts, coconut or pineapple. I wonder what else I could put in my cake that no one would notice or care about. Maybe some zucchini or pumpkin (which I have actually seen). Maybe some chocolate chips? What else do you think I could put in my cake?
Hope you enjoy the best gluten-free carrot cake recipes I could find.