Slice of Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Easy gluten-free carrot cake recipe makes a moist and delicious cake. Add pineapple for an extra treat. Make the best cupcakes or muffins for the carrot lover in your life.

Servings 10 servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 5 to 6 large carrots)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained optional
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans optional
  • ½ cup raisins optional

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted


  1. For the carrot cake, preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Add the oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the carrots, drained pineapple, pecans, and raisins, if using.

  3. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
  4. Bake until golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean, about 35 minutes.
  5. Allow cakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Cream until light and smooth. Add powdered sugar. Mix until smooth.

Recipe Notes


To use your own flour blend, replace the Bob's Red Mill Flour with:

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

Whisk together in a small bowl before using. 


Pineapple and Sweetness

Because pineapple adds sweetness, you can reduce the brown sugar by 2 tablespoons if desired.