Carrot Cake with Dairy-Free Frosting

gluten free dairy free carrot cake

Carrot cake is more like bread than cake. This is because you first mix all the dry ingredients, then mix all the wet ingredients and incorporate it into the dry. This is an extremely yummy carrot cake that is both grain and dairy free. I can’t say I have been a huge fan of carrot cake, I really do like this recipe.

Carrot Cake with Frosting
Serves 12
A gluten and dairy free carrot cake with a "cream cheese" frosting.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. Dry Cake Ingredients
  2. 1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla
  8. Wet Cake Ingredients
  9. 2 cups shredded carrots
  10. 1/4 cup apple butter
  11. 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  12. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  13. 4 eggs
Frosting Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 cup coconut yogurt (or other dairy free yogurt option)
  3. The cream from the top of one full fat can of coconut milk (approx. 1 cup)
  4. 1 tblsp ground vanilla
  5. 3 tblsp maple Syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Grease two 8 inch round cake pans and line their bottoms with unbleached parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the eggs until frothy and loosened.
  5. In a large bowl combine the carrots, apple and sunflower seed butter. Add in the eggs and combine.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl with wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  7. Divide between the 2 cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. NOTE: The cake pictured has 4 layers, I made the cake recipe twice.
Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend smooth and allow the mixture to set in the fridge for several hours or over night.
  2. Once icing has set, spread a thin layer on the top of each layer of cake. Chill and serve.
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