Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wow I feel like I haven't posted anything in a really long time. I had a few posts planned but despite all of my good intentions it just wasn't meant to be. Oy! But that's ok, because today I baked you a cake!

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

And not just any cake. A mighty fine looking Gluten-Free Carrot Cake.

Just in the nick of time for Easter.

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Now before I jump right into this post, I think it's been a while since we last chatted. So hang on for just a quick few with me.

First of all, I'd like to give a big thank you to all of your incredibly kind and sweet comments on my recipes and photography. It means so much to me! I'm thrilled you're digging the recipes. I'm hoping to do a bit of site redesign soon but that's still a little ways off, so I'll keep you posted.

Back in January I was contacted again by Low Sugar Living magazine to be featured in their Spring issue. Seeing my photography+recipes in a printed magazine never gets old!

I hope to do more freelance work as the blog continues to grow. It would be incredible if I could turn this into something with a real income, but I'm still trying very much to make it all work. And of course my first passion is to find my dream career in audio+film+music.

Okay, now let's eat cake!

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

I must say this is quite possibly one of the best recipes I have created for the blog. I know that is saying a lot but I think it just might be true. It's definitely in the top 5 anyway. And it doesn't matter if you're gluten-free or not. You are going to love this cake!

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

It's not entirely clean, but hey it is cake and it is important to allow yourself some treats every now and then. If you would like to make this a bit healthier I would definitely recommend using this Maple Cashew Cream Frosting I posted a few weeks ago. This frosting is also a great option if you can't tolerate dairy. But for the rest of us this cake is totally going to get covered in browned butter cream cheese frosting

The texture of this cake is so moist and dense, which I think you can probably tell by the photos. The anticipation to eat this was killing me!

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: about 1 hour

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
(Serves 8-12)


For the Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups raw carrots, finely grated (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (such as Bob's Red Mill GF All-Purpose Baking Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, sucanat, coconut sugar or pure cane sugar
  • 1 cup sunflower oil (or coconut oil)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings: toasted coconut, walnuts or pepitas

For the Frosting

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 - 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


For the Cake

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour two 6 inch round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper.

Peel and finely grate the carrots, set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon and nutmeg.

With a handheld mixer or a stand mixer, beat the eggs until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat until the batter is thick and throughly combined. With the mixer running, add the oil in a steady stream, then add in the vanilla and mix until well emulsified, about 45 seconds to 1 minute longer. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. With a rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots.

Distribute batter evenly between the pans and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and the surface springs back when gently touched. Remove from oven and let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto a wire rack and discard parchment paper. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

Melt the butter in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally until the butter turns lightly golden-brown, about 4 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and let stand until the solids settle at the bottom of the bowl, about 5 minutes. Place the bowl in the freezer and chill until just firm, about 15 minutes. Using a spoon, carefully scrape the butter from bowl, leaving the browned solids at the bottom; discard the solids. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar (do this on low speed) and mix until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.

To Assemble

Place one cake layer on a cake stand or large flat serving plate. Evenly spread a layer of the frosting over the top of the cake. Gently place second cake layer on top. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake to seal and fill in any gaps between layers. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill and firm up the frosting. Finish icing the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting using an offset spatula. Top with toasted coconut and nuts if desired.


The cake may need less or more baking time depending on the heat of your oven.

Refrigerate. Serve cake at room temperature or slightly chilled.

If you do make this (and you will if you know what's good for you ;) please take a photo to share and tag it with #ediblesoundbites. I'd love to see it!

Hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend!

Lemony Quinoa Salad

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: quinoa is the best! It's inexpensive, versatile, gluten-free, and is a complete protein that is plant-based. It also contains a ton of fiber and iron. It's a staple in my kitchen and hopefully yours too. So naturally having a simple go-to recipe for quinoa is a valuable resource.

Lemony Quinoa Salad |

This quinoa salad is anything but bland. It's a simple recipe, yet very tasty and very nutritious. Cucumber, lemon juice and zest keep things refreshing while the raw hemp seeds add some extra protein and healthy fat. I love this salad to bits and it's probably one of my favourite combinations that I've made to date.

All it takes is one pot and a bowl to combine everything. The best part is, it's an easy way to help you incorporate healthy eating into lunches and weeknight meals.

Lemony Quinoa Salad |
Lemony Quinoa Salad |

Just a reminder though, it's important to rinse your quinoa thoroughly before cooking it to remove the saponin, which gives the grain a bitter taste. Rinsing this bitter coating off also make the quinoa more easily digestible. The first time I ever made quinoa I neglected to do the rinse simply because I didn't know any better...and the results? Yuck!!! I remember thinking, "what am I doing wrong? Is it supposed to taste this way?"

Lemony Quinoa Salad |

The hemp seeds are from North Coast Naturals and are 100% Canadian and raw. I've been iffy about hemp seeds in the past, but these are delicious. When I opened up the bag to take a scoop out what struck me was how incredibly fresh they were.

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The taste is light and creamy from the crumbled goat cheese. I seriously can't stop eating this! It's a huge hit with everyone in my house. I can't get over this one! When I was creating this recipe I really had the idea in mind to serve it warm, but unfortunately I didn't get to devour this the day I made it. Instead I was making it for lunches to have the following day. So I reheated it to take the cold edge off and it was as good as gold. What I loved was how that little bit of heat warmed up the cucumber and slightly melted the creamy goat cheese, making it even more creamy. It reminded me of the cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches I would sometimes get back-in-the-day.

Lemony Quinoa Salad gluten-free, grain-free | Yields 3 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 scallions (green onions), minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 3 tbsp raw hemp seed hearts (I used 1 scoop of North Coast Naturals)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper


  1. Rinse your quinoa in a fine-meshed sieve under running water for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a covered pot. Stir in the quinoa, cover, and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Do not stir while it cooks. Once cooking is finished (the water should be absorbed and the quinoa tender), remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa rests, grab a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine the lemon juice, zest, green onions, olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste. 
  4. Give the quinoa a fluff with a fork and then add it to mixing bowl with lemon dressing. Add the raw hemp seeds and sliced cucumber along with the quinoa and stir or toss to combine everything. Serve warm and top with crumbled goat cheese.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe Calories: 243 Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 25mg Fat: Sodium: 92g Carbohydrates: 26g Sugar: 2g Fiber: 4g Protein: 12g

Lemony Quinoa Salad |