spiced carrot cake – just like grandma makes (only gluten and dairy free)

Made with a combination of coconut, quinoa, and rice flour, this gluten free carrot cake brings together the flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla with just a hint of cloves. The crushed pineapple and shredded carrots make it moist and keep it tasting fresh for days – but then, it’s so good, you won’t need to worry about that.spiced carrot cake. gf and me 2013.Recipe for not-too-sweet icing included below.

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spiced carrot cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy-peasy
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What you’ll need:

1 cup sugar

¾ cup rice flour

½ cup coconut flour

¼ cup quinoa flour

1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Pinch of ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup oil (we like to use Becel – no transfat, no cholesterol, and low in saturated fat)

2 eggs

1 cup shredded carrot

½ cup crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)

¼ cup pineapple juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch pan.

In large bowl, sift together sugar, flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.

Make a well and add oil, eggs, carrots, pineapple, vanilla, and pineapple juice.

Mix to moisten and then beat until well mixed.

Pour into pan and spread evenly – the batter will be quite thick.

Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Ice with cream cheese icing (recipe below) or with dairy free icing.

cream cheese not-too-sweet icing

What you’ll need:

4 ounces cream cheese

1 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons butter or becel margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.


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33 thoughts on “spiced carrot cake – just like grandma makes (only gluten and dairy free)

  1. Yum! I love spices in cakes and this combination looks lovely. How do you find cooking with coconut flour? I read somewhere that it’s super absorbent, but that it also helps retain moisture in baked goods. I’ve not tried it myself, though.

    • It does really absorb the moisture in a recipe – like potato flour does. I wouldn’t use it for more than, say, 25% of the flour mix, but it TASTES GREAT and does seem to keep things moist – which is always a challenge with GF!

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  3. Loved this recipe ( works good for making muffins)
    I like having something handy to feed my friends
    when they stop for coffee muffins work great.

  4. This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve recently ended my relationship with gluten, so I’m looking forward to trying your recipes! Thanks for stopping by notesfromj.

  5. Loved your gluten free spiced carrot cake but instead of using
    your combination of flours i used cloud 9 all purpose
    worked well and much easier.
    I’m always looking for the easy way.

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  8. GF and me, I just wanted to stop by and thank you for stopping by my blog. Your profiterole, as well as this carrot cake are going to be a must try in our house. Both my daughters are intolerant, my youngest extremely so. (but not celiac) With her going off to college, I’m sure I will be baking and driving treats to her! I’m bookmarking your blog so I can be sure to check in on more yummy posts!

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  10. OMG I so want to make this right now. I have no carrots, are you thinking what I am? A pineapple cake…a pineapple apricot cake???? Ok going into the kitchen and I’ll let you know how it turns out lol.

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