Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

A good carrot cake recipe is one of life’s great necessities, don’t you think? And the same holds true for a gluten free carrot cake recipe – if you’re living without gluten, you shouldn’t have to live without great gluten free carrot cake recipe so you can enjoy this treat any time you like!

gluten free carrot cake with mini carrots

Two layer gluten free carrot cake with vegan cream cheese frosting. I decorated by using natural food dye from India Tree to make the carrots with a piping bag and used fresh parsley leaves for the greens!


I’ve been making this wonderful gluten free carrot cake recipe ever since Kim Bouldin shared it with me in 2011. She says it’s taken from a Betty Crocker cookbook and modified to be gluten free using my gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour.

That’s one of the things I hear all the time that people like best about my flour — you can truly use it in a regular recipe from a cookbook or family recipe box with great results. It makes things so much easier that way … like this yummy gluten free carrot cake!


One of my favorite “regular” cookbook covers!

As I always tend to do though, I can’t leave a recipe alone, so I’ve made a couple of little tweaks in my version, but if you happen to have an old Betty Crocker cookbook in your cupboard, apparently you can feel free to just use my gfJules Flour in that original carrot cake recipe.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake overhead crop

Either way, I do hope you try this recipe one day soon (Easter is a great time for carrot cake … just sayin’). It’s moist and bursting with flavor and just divine when served for brunch or dessert or even (squint and blur:) breakfast!

Fair disclosure that mine is a cake-loving household and we’ll find any excuse to have cake for breakfast, especially when there’s something healthy inside like 3 CUPS of carrots — wowza!

gluten free carrot cake square

Many thanks to Kim for sharing this recipe with me; I’m glad to finally be sharing it with you, too.

For the delectable vegan cream cheese frosting recipe pictured on this cake, hop to it here.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake overhead


Gluten Free Carrot Cake

gluten free carrot cake square

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A good carrot cake recipe is one of life’s necessities, and this gluten free carrot cake recipe fits the bill: moist, full of flavor, and totally yummy.

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-45 minutes, depending on pan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 round cakes or 9x13 sheet cake


  • 3 cups grated carrots (4-5 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup safflower, sunflower or non-GMO canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups (270 gr) gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)


Preheat oven to 350º F static or 325º F convection.

Lightly oil two 8 or 9-inch pans then dust with more gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (note: you may use one lightly oiled 13×9-inch pan or 12 jumbo cupcake tins instead.) If using round pans, wrap in cake belts to ensure they bake flat; otherwise slice the crowns off the baked cakes with a bread knife once cooled, so that they are flat for stacking as a layer cake.

Shred the carrots in a food processor then measure.

Whisk together sugar, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large mixing bowl until slightly frothy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients through spices. Slowly stir into large mixing bowl with liquids. Beat another minute once added. Fold in carrots until the batter is uniform, then stir in pecans and raisins, if using.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes for the round pans or jumbo cupcakes or 40 – 45 minutes for the sheet pan. Check for done-ness with a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake; it is done when the toothpick is clean or has only some dry crumbs attached.

Remove to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then gently remove and cool on wire racks before frosting.


Frost with this vegan cream cheese frosting recipe: hop to it here.

Don’t wait for a special occasion to bake this cake. It will make any occasion special!

And when you do make this recipe, people will start asking you to make it again and bring to the next party! Here’s how I traveled with my latest gluten free carrot cake to an Easter gathering (precious cargo!). Good thing I wasn’t the driver!

transporting gluten free carrot cake gfJules

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This gluten free carrot cake is not just beautiful, it's delicious, too!

Moist, soft and full of flavor - no gritty or dry cake here! This gluten-free carrot cake is everything it should be, and gorgeous, too! | gfJules
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  1. I made this recipe for Easter so my husband would be able to enjoy dessert with the rest of the family. IT WAS A HIT!! The problem was EVERYONE was eating it!! LOL I am so happy that I purchased your flour and can’t wait to try your bread recipe in our bread machine. Thanks for a great product; well worth the price.

    • So happy you were able to make EVERYONE happy with this recipe on Easter, Sandy! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the bread, too! May all your baking be happy, from here on out!