Carrot cakes remind us of smells from Grandma’s kitchen, decadent Easter spreads and perhaps a childhood favorite birthday cake flavor. With their aromatic spiciness and soft texture from refined flours and sugar, carrot cake seems impossible to replicate with gluten-free ingredients. So often, new gluten-free bakers feel bewildered as they turn from all the gluten filled recipes they’ve known and loved to a completely new world of ingredients and techniques. Perhaps your first attempts at gluten-free baking turned into colossal flops: heavy, lumpy, flavorless and gritty.
50 Fabulous Gluten-Free Carrot Cakes the whole Family will Love
Never fear, with these top 50 gluten-free carrot cake recipes you’ll find new favorites, twists on unique dessert ideas and tantalizing flavor combinations. From simple gluten-free cake mix hacks, to homemade cheesecake, donuts and cookies based on this much-loved dessert, you’ll find a gluten-free recipe to satisfy any carrot cake craving. Check out the recipes for ice cream cake, carrot cake whoopie pies, and even a decked out tri-layer cheesecake.
The extensive step-by-step directions in these 50 top recipes will guide you through discovering new, tasty, baked goods that your family will beg you to make often. For those with additional allergies, be sure to check out the vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options.
1. Carrot Cake Loaf
You’ll stop missing the delicious, soft carrot cake of your carb-laden years when you take a bite of this gluten-free carrot cake loaf. Perfect for a holiday brunch, smear this healthy, paleo bread with a dab of butter or go dairy-free by toasting it and dipping it in some honey. This recipe features basic ingredients any kitchen would contain, like almond meal, honey and coconut flour and bakes into a thick hearty loaf. You kitchen will smell so amazing from the cinnamon, walnuts and other spices as this cake bakes, that you may decide you don’t even need a frosting for it.
2. Vegan Gluten-free Carrot Cake
Celebrate a special occasion with this egg free culinary delight. Your guests will never guess that the cream cheese frosting is dairy free, but apple cider vinegar is the secret ingredient that works magic and gives it that classic cream cheese pop of tanginess. You’ll find the convenient Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking flour blend used in this recipe in most grocery stores. This cake’s delicate blend of spices will have you coming back for seconds… and thirds.
3. Clean Eating Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
You may be dying for carrot cake but probably shouldn’t eat that 12 serving monstrosity by yourself. Enter these delicious (and portion controlled) carrot cake oatmeal cookies. Made from simple, whole ingredients, these soft oatmeal cookies will have you thinking that Grandma has come to stay. Unlike Grandma’s cookies, however, these little nuggets boast a healthy twist and are delicately sweetened with maple syrup. Check out the dairy-free ingredient suggestions as well. Chewy perfection awaits you when you throw together a batch of these delicious treats.
4. Healthy Carrot Cake
No need for frosting here, this gluten-free cake is so delicious that you could eat it plain. Bursting with walnuts and healthfully sweetened with a stevia blend, your blood sugar AND your taste buds will thank you for sampling this treat. Guests and family will never know, as they bite into a hearty slice, that they’re eating a balanced high-protein meal. You may choose to tell them about the Greek yogurt and protein powder in this robust cake, but I’d prefer to keep it a secret and let them think they’re indulging.
5. Gluten-free Carrot Cake (Moist and Fluffy)
Fork up a bite of fluffy deliciousness and creamy goodness without even a touch of grit, and forget that you’ve gone gluten-free for a moment. The secret to this layer cake’s fluffy texture is- who knew- rice flour. Follow the recommendation to use Pamela’s Artisan Flour blend in this recipe and create your own carrot cake masterpiece. This recipe is awesome for serving at events with gluten-free guests and people with no sensitivities. Friends and family won’t even realize you’ve made a cake that everyone can enjoy. This recipe is also chock full of baking tips to guide you to the portal of carpe diem carrot cake-hood.
6. The Best Hummingbird Cake
This gluten-free cake is an adaptation of a classic Country Living recipe including pineapple and roast banana. No one is sure why it has such a fanciful name, but its tropical flavors may hint at Jamaican roots. I would describe this cake as a cross between a rich fruit cake and a summery carrot cake. This decadent triple layer cake is decked out with fluffy cream cheese icing. Whether you’re a southern belle or not, this cake is a must-bake for its unique flavor combination and luscious fruity texture.
7. Moist Carrot Cake
No running to the grocery store for unheard-of specialty ingredients, this simple gluten-free recipe makes a single layer cake with just basic almond flour from your pantry and plain yogurt as a base. With a basic two-bowl mixing method, you’ll have its tasty warm goodness whipped up in no time and ready to eat. Perfect for a quiet evening at home, this is a small dessert that fits in an 8X8 pan. Top it with an easy recipe for a basic cream cheese frosting. Voila, you’ve got an easy dessert for any weeknight.
8. Gluten-free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This recipe boasts a whopping 3 cups of grated carrots, so you’ll be sure to get an extra dose of that beta-carotene from this healthy treat. Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pizza crust mix is the recommended gluten-free flour blend, but if you want to try a homemade blend, directions are given for the amount of xanthan gum necessary to make this delicious recipe with good texture and crumb. This recipe will make 36 cupcakes enough to feed a small army.
9. Paleo Diet Carrot Cupcakes
Breaking away from the mold of basic cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes feature a unique coconut oil and maple syrup icing recipe. We all know at least one cream cheese hater so perhaps this is the recipe to bring them around to enjoying carrot cake. The shredded carrots are accompanied by the usual spices, but, in addition, this recipe features the delightfully warm and aromatic flavor of cardamom. The sweeteners, pureed dates and maple syrup, complement the cardamom by adding caramel and woodsy undertones. Delight your taste buds with this unique, rich trio of flavors and you won’t miss the processed, fake carrot cakes of your pre-diet days.
10. Gluten-free Carrot Cake Vegan Cheesecake
There are many gluten-free cheesecake recipes, but paleo is a different story. Making a baked cheesecake without dairy or eggs, well, requires ingenuity. Whipped nut creams, carrot baby food, and agave are the secret ingredients that create this creamy, baked “cheesecake”. Set on a crisp coconut flour crust, the smooth filling is baked to perfection. You’ll need to plan ahead when creating this carrot masterpiece, as it requires chilling overnight before applying the dollops of whipped coconut cream. This cheesecake takes time and organization to create, but presents impressive results.