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Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

Tara Klippert
This gluten-free carrot cake recipe with dairy free cream cheese frosting is inspired by Chef John's Carrot Cake on Allrecipes. I basically took his recipe and swapped out everything that had gluten and dairy.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Cooling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 547 kcal


  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • 10.4 x 14.5” glass baking dish
  • Spatula


Cake batter

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 400 g dairy free cream cheese (two packages of Violife)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 cups icing sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • Combine all dry ingredients in stand mixer bowl
  • Once all your dry ingredients are mixed thoroughly, add all of your wet ingredients (other than carrots) to the stand mixer bowl. Beat until there are no lumps remaining and everything is mixed together.
  • Add in your shredded carrots and mix thoroughly.
  • Grease your glass baking dish with vegan butter or coconut oil.
  • Using a spatula, scrape all batter into your greased 10.4 x 14.5” baking dish.
  • Bake for roughly 35 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
  • Let your carrot cake cool completely.
  • Cream together your room temperature cream cheese, vegan butter and vanilla.
  • Slowly add icing sugar 1 cup at a time while beating.
  • Store your frosting in the fridge until your cake has completely cooled and is ready for frosting.
  • Apply your frosting to the cake and return to the fridge until ready to serve.



Calories: 547kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 3.3gFat: 23.1gSaturated Fat: 9.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46.5mgSodium: 526mgPotassium: 112.7mgFiber: 2.7g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, soy free
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