A tender, flavorful gluten free carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, or buttercream frosting. I’ve included instructions to make a layered cake, sheet cake, and cupcakes from this gluten free carrot cake recipe.
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
Have you ever seen a more lovely slice of gluten free carrot cake? This carrot cake recipes uses a few simple ingredients, and there are no complicated steps. I’ve tested this carrot cake recipe with a couple of different flour blends – which I share below.
Please follow my directions the first time around before testing any substitutions in this gluten free carrot cake recipe. If you are an experienced baker and you do make a substitution to this carrot cake please leave a comment below sharing what you used.
There’s a section below with how to make gluten free carrot cake with step by step photos, and I give alternate directions for making a gluten free sheet cake carrot cake and gluten free carrot cake cupcakes.
Gluten Free Flours
For this carrot cake recipe you can use my gluten free flour blend recipe, Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour (not the all-purpose gf flour), or GFJules Gluten Free Flour Blend.
Working with Gluten-Free Flours
When working with or measuring gluten-free flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level. Do not scoop your measuring cup into the gluten-free flour. The best method really is to weigh the gluten-free flour but I don’t have the ingredient weights for all my recipes yet.
Dairy-Free Gluten Free Carrot Cake
They only dairy in this gluten free carrot cake recipe is in the frosting. You can make a cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting using dairy-free ingredients to keep this carrot cake dairy-free.
How to make gluten free carrot cake
- In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and eggs.
- Add oil and vanilla; beat just until smooth.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking
soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ground cloves.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Mix until combined.
- Stir in grated carrots. Optional: Stir in chopped nuts.
- Spoon batter evenly into two round 9” and bake as directed.
- Cool completely before frosting.
Although the photos of this gluten free carrot cake show the cake as a layered cake, you can easily make this carrot cake into a sheet cake or cupcakes. See below.
Gluten Free Carrot Cake Sheet Cake
To make a gluten free carrot cake sheet cake mix the batter up as directed. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Pour cake batter into your prepared pan and level with the back of a rubber spatula. Bake for 35-38 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes
For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Position rack in center of oven. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. Mix the batter as directed. Spoon batter evenly into cupcake liners. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the centers springs back when touched and the gluten free carrot cake cupcakes are very lightly browned.
For this homemade gluten free carrot cake recipe, I like to use finely shredded carrots, but you can use regular grated carrots. I find the finely shredded carrots lend to a more tender texture, without any large carrot pieces.
I don’t use applesauce in my gf carrot cake but if you’d like you can replace half the oil with applesauce. I haven’t tried replacing all the oil with applesauce. Everyone who’s tried this homemade gluten free carrot cake has said it’s the best gluten free carrot cake – even people who don’t eat gluten free.
Did you make this gluten free carrot cake? Please stop back by and let me know what you thought. Leave a comment below and share your experience.
For the carrot cake:
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
For Buttercream Frosting
for up to a week.
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 697Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 96gFiber: 1gSugar: 81gProtein: 5g