Moist carrot cake slices with a smooth cream cheese topping.

Gluten free carrot cake slice recipe - Free From Fusion

A few weeks ago Jon and I were invited to a naming ceremony for my cousin’s children. I have never been to one before but it was a lovely way to celebrate and welcome the children into the family. Afterwards, we were all served a delicious afternoon tea which included gluten free goodies for myself and my sister Charlotte who is all gluten intolerant. Included in the selection was gluten free carrot cake which I had never tried before and was then surprised to find that I loved it. Who would have thought carrot in a cake would work so well, apart from the thousands of people who eat it every week!

Gluten free carrot cake slices - Free From Fusion

So after a successful first introduction to this dessert I decided to give it a go by baking a batch myself which I could also share with the family for Father’s day. As I was preparing the mixture I was still a bit suspicious of putting actual carrots in a cake but I decided to persevere. Grating the carrots was super easy thanks to my Magimix food processor, I just threw them onto a grating disc and they were blitzed in seconds. If you don’t have a food processor do not fear, the humble cheese grater will do the job just fine!

Gluten free carrot cake slices recipe - Free From Fusion

When making the mixture you will notice it is quite wet, but this is more than OK as it results in a gorgeous moist sponge after baking. Adding in some of my favourite spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger adds an incredible aroma but also introduces a little kick to the sponge itself.

Gluten free carrot cake recipe - Free From Fusion

Carrot cake traditionally uses cream cheese frosting but as I was doing my research I freaked out a bit at the amount of sugar required to make this type of icing! I know cakes are meant to be sweet but I couldn’t bring myself to use that much sugar after having already put quite a bit into the cake. Instead I opted for the lesser of two evils and made up a simple butter icing before adding a small amount of cream cheese to still get a slightly more distinctive creamy flavouring.

Wheat free carrot cake slice recipe - Free From Fusion

Gluten free carrot cake slices

Moist carrot cake slices with a smooth cream cheese topping.

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Gluten free carrot cake slices recipe
  • For the cake
  • 200g carrots
  • 250g dairy free butter
  • 250g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g gluten free self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 orange
  • For the icing
  • 75g dairy free butter
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 50g lactofree cream cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease 2 square 18cm cake tins with dairy free butter and line with baking parchment.
  2. Peel the carrots and grate. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat in between. If the mixture separates add a bit of flour.
  5. Fold in the grated carrot.
  6. Mix in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Zest in one whole orange and mix together until completely combined.
  7. Spread the mixture evenly into the two baking tins and place in the oven for 35 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. While the cake is cooling make the icing. In a large bowl beat the butter until it is creamy.
  9. Add the icing sugar gradually until the mixture is soft and creamy and then add in the cream cheese and combine.
  10. Spread the icing over one layer of cake before placing the other cake on top. Gently press the cake down before icing the top layer and then cutting into slices.
  11. We finished these off by decorating with carrots made from icing which we bought in Hobbycraft.