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Simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by kumquat
June 09, 2017
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This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese frosting.

One of the best things about summer is it seems to draw people together.

It's easier to pull families together as school schedules allow more flexibility with kids. The weather is so much more agreeable for road trips and outdoor festivities. I don't know about your crew, but mine can't wait to get outside and run around when family and friends are around. And I love it.

Putting down the screens, stepping away from the chores, and being with people.

And if you know me, you know I love to have some yummy baked thing to bring out to everyone too. Today's recipe is no different... and a classic made grain-free!

This Simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting really is easy and delicious. It's not fussy or full of extra things, like raisins, coconut, or pineapple, that always seem to turn up a kid's nose. (Though I'd never complain if you added them in!)

But honestly, such an easy (grain-free!) dump-and-stir cake that will have your friends and family singing your praises and wanting to come back next weekend!

This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

Get together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser @kumquatblog
This Summer come together with friends, family and this simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake, a true crowd pleaser with cream cheese fr

Simple Grain-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine almond flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, combine brown sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, vinegar, and carrots with a wire whisk.
  3. Add sugar mixture to almond flour mixture; stir with a wire whisk until well combined.
  4. Pour mixture into an 12- x 8-inch well-greased pan (or 9- x 9-inch pan). Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until pick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. Beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and milk/cream. Beat until fluffy. Spread evenly over cake. Garnish with fresh carrots, if desired.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 314
Carbohydrates 44.1g
Fiber 1.5g
Sugar 37.1g
Fat 14.7g
Protein 4.6g
Sodium 308mg
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Gretchen F. Brown, R.D., is the author of the GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN Feature on HealthyAperture. She is also the founder of Kumquat Blog, a gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She recently authored a cookbook, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, featuring fresh and classic favorites in 30 minutes or less. Gretchen has worked in the test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House and is now a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years, as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. A military spouse for nearly 13 years, she lives with her husband, son, and two daughters in Upstate New York.
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