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

Made with a combination of coconut, quinoa, and rice flour, this 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.

spiced carrot cake

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.

Like this? You might also want to try our

easy banana bread

♦ decadently dark chocolate cake

or our

♦ fruit filled oatmeal muffins

Photo credit: gf and me 2013.

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27 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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  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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