Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

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This lovely Gluten-Free Carrot Cake will become a go-to recipe when you’re in need of a quickly and easily prepared cake.

This gluten-free cake is light, fluffy and gently spiced – and you would never know that it is gluten-free. I have made it many times and it is totally reliable and absolutely delicious. It is suitable for many occasions; serve it for morning tea, for dessert or take on a picnic.

Many people are eating gluten-free these days, either for medical reasons or by choice. The beauty of this cake is that even non gluten-free people will enjoy it. It is light, full of flavour and difficult to resist. For this reason, I recommend that you do not make it when you’re home alone!

When it comes to carrot cake, I must admit that I am greatly attracted to the cream cheese frosting. However, in this instance, the cake is so good it could be eaten on its own. Well, almost; a little frosting never goes astray.

This is a no-fuss recipe; the method for making it is very simple.

To begin, I place the oil, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer and blend them together. I add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The eggs and the oil emulsify, becoming smooth and creamy. I add the grated carrots and sultanas, then sift in the dry ingredients, folding gently to avoid knocking out any air. Finally, I turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake it. That’s all there is to it.

If you wish, you could serve it with just a dusting of icing sugar.

However, I really can’t resist adding a delicious cream cheese frosting. They go so well together.

I have a few tips for gluten-free baking.

Gluten-free cakes are notorious for having a dry texture. For this reason, I often use sour cream or buttermilk to add moisture. Honey is another ingredient which adds moisture. I’m also fond of adding apple or carrot, as in this recipe. This cake contains a generous amount of grated carrot. As a bonus, the carrot provides a generous amount of Vitamin A. We can have our cake AND eat our vegetables too!

Another issue which is frequently encountered is that gluten-free cakes often fall in the centre. This is due to the lack of structure and strength which is provided by gluten when you bake with regular wheaten flour. So I’ve been fairly tricky here; I’ve used a ring tin, so there’s no centre to fall.

I do hope you’ll give this delicious recipe a try. If you’re looking for some more fabulous Gluten-Free cakes, I recommend you have a look at these:

Alex and Faye xx

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Gluten Free Carrot Cake. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

If you like a carrot cake that bakes up light and fluffy and has a smooth, creamy frosting, you will definitely want to bake this cake. It is difficult to believe that such a no-fuss recipe could produce such great results. 
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Course: Dessert, Snack, Sweet
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: cake, carrot cake, delicious, easy, gluten free, homemade, simple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Alexandra



  • 3/4 cup neutral flavoured oil * I used grapeseed
  • 3/4 cup superfine/caster sugar 160 g
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrot * 145 g
  • 1/2 cup sultanas/golden raisins 80 g
  • 1 cup gluten free plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder 120 g
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • 5 tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature * 100 g
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure icing sugar * 150 g
  • chopped walnuts for garnishing optional


  • Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (355F).
  • Cut a circle to line the base of a 21cm/8” ring tin* and grease the sides.
  • Ensure that you have all of your ingredients measured and ready to use.
  • Place oil, sugar & vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer or into a bowl to use hand-held electric beaters.
    Beat until they are well combined.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until light & creamy, 3-4 minutes. The eggs will emulsify with the oil.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, (if using) stir through the grated carrot and sultanas.
  • Gradually sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon over the bowl and fold in gently using a spatula to avoid knocking out the air.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared ring tin.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Stand 10 minutes before turning onto a rack. Remove the baking paper and leave to cool.
  • Frosting:
    Place cream cheese and vanilla in a small bowl and mix well together until smooth.
    Sift the icing sugar to remove any lumps. Add to the cream cheese and mix until it forms a smooth, creamy frosting.
    Spread the frosting over the cake. Decorate with chopped walnuts if desired.


*I used grapeseed oil but you could use canola oil or another of your choice.
*I used 2 large carrots.
*The Australian tablespoon is 20ml or 4 teaspoons. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 15 ml or 3 teaspoons.
*To prepare the lining, I turn the tin upside down and use a pencil to trace the shape of the base onto non-stick baking paper. Cut out the ring for the base, turn down the side of the baking paper with the pencil outline so that it does not come into contact with the cake batter.
*I have used pure icing sugar as it is gluten-free. Pure icing sugar tends to clump together and needs to be sifted. If using icing mixture ensure that it is gluten-free.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 4210IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
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176 Comments on “Gluten-Free Carrot Cake”

  1. my best friend of 25 years has a gluten allergy, I’ll have to share this recipe with her (or surprise make it for her one day) thanks!

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  4. 5 stars
    Not really a cake person. Tried it the first time as a dessert for my family. Everyone loved it! One in the oven right now. Smells are divine. Mouths are watering right now. Thanks Alexandra. Great simple recipe. Love it.

    1. Hello Elizabeth, thank you so much for the lovely feedback, I’m delighted that you have enjoyed the cake. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  5. OMGeeeee! This recipe sounds delicious! I’d love to give it a whirl sometime, and it seems pretty simple to follow (so even a crap cook like me wouldn’t balls it up LOL) x

  6. 5 stars
    This looks like a wonderful cake recipe! I pass this to my best friend’s dad who has a gluten allergy. But I would like to try too because I love carrot cake.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m with you girl-Cream cheese frosting all the way!! Your cake turned out so moist from the pictures. Awesome job! This will help a lot of people going gluten free!

    1. Thank you so much, Megan! I love to inspire people that GF food can be just as delicious as regular! 🙂
      And cream cheese frosting – well, you can’t beat it 😉

  8. I love carrot cake and this looks delicious. I’ll definitely have to give it a try. Never had it with walnuts, I bet it is amazing.

  9. carrot cake is my favorite. making it gluten free makes the cake even better. Definitely baking this version for my birthday later this month

  10. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made it with my 2 year old on Saturday and the cake was all gone by Sunday so it was a huge hit! We didn’t include the sultanas because we didn’t have many left and the 2 year old consumed what we did have before they made it into the cake batter. We did add a little bit of desiccated coconut to the mix. So yum! Thank you xx

  11. This looks good. Every carrot cake recipe that I have every seen has been complex–albeit very delicious! We are not into the gluten free versions of any foods yet.

  12. I cant wait to show this to my mom! Carrot cake is her favorite but she hasn’t been able to eat it in years.

  13. I absolutely love carrot cake!! Would be curious to try this gluten-free version. A lot of times you can’t even tell the difference in the taste!

  14. 5 stars
    Your recipes are always so yummy Alexandra! I love the carrot cake; your decoration with chopped walnuts and icing makes it looks even yummier.

  15. I always love your blog post simply because of the photos. I feel like it is right in front of me an i just want to take a bite

  16. 5 stars
    I absolutely love carrot cake, and have been looking for a really good gluten free recipe! My step mom can’t eat gluten so this would be a perfect way to make a carrot cake that she can still enjoy

  17. 5 stars
    I have never tried making carrot cake and good to have found this recipe, I like how it is simple as the total time is less than an hour. Most important is gluten free.

  18. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! As a kid, carrot cake was my favorite and that’s often what I requested as my birthday cake. I like how you explained how to solve some of the issues that typically arise with gluten-free cakes.

  19. 5 stars
    I love carrot cake! We are hosting an Easter brunch this year with our friends and a few of them are gluten-free. I’ll have to make this recipe so they can enjoy some cake too!

  20. 5 stars
    This cake looks absolutely delicious! I love that it is gluten free too – I have friends that often pop round who require gluten free cooking so I’m always looking to add to the recipes I can try.

  21. You had me at “gluten-free” and “carrot cake”. Looks amazing! And thanks for the helpful pics in the recipe! Cannot wait to make!

  22. Yum! This sounds delicious! I love carrot cake and I’ve never found a good gluten free option. I can’t wait to try this!

  23. 5 stars
    Great tip about the sour cream/buttermilk! I absolutely love carrot cake, and this wouldn’t last long in our house. Plus, I agree that a little frosting never goes astray. 🙂

  24. 5 stars
    I love carrot cakes so much, i love it’s texture especially that it’s made of carrots, it’s so healthy and now it can even be gluten free.

  25. I love carrot cake, but allergic to walnuts, so I can’t ever order it at restaurants or eat it at parties:(. However, I could make it myself without walnuts! This recipes looks quick and simple and delicious. I tried different flours and we actually liked the rice flour. I wonder if that would work?

    1. Hi Jenny! The walnuts are an optional decoration on top of the cake, so you’ll be fine with the recipe 🙂
      I have only tried with plain gluten free flour or regular plain flour, and not rice flour.
      If you do try it, I would be curious to know how it goes – but if you can find just plain flour, this is tried and tested and delicious 🙂

  26. Ok, I love carrot cake and this sounds delicious and with a bonus that it is gluten-free! My 10-year-old who is already an avid baker will be excited as well to try this recipe!

  27. I cant believe thats gluten free. Im always used to try looking cakes when im having a gut flare up, but this looks like something i need to make asap!!!

  28. 5 stars
    Carrot cake is my absolute favorite dessert cake, especially with cream cheese frosting! Whoever looked at carrots and thought, “Know what these will be good for? CAKE!” is a genius! Thanks for the tips on baking this gluten free!

  29. YUM! My husband and I love carrot cake, but I’ve never attempted to make it. This actually looks doable! Thanks for the recipe!

  30. 5 stars
    I have never had a cake so delicious and moist before – truly one of the best cakes I have ever made and eaten.

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