Gluten free carrot and walnut cake recipe

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Gluten free carrot and walnut cake recipe
Preparation Time35 mins
Cooking Time45 mins plus cooling
Total Time1 hours 20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories547 Kcal27%
Fat34 g49%
Saturated Fat6.2 g31%
Carbohydrates54.4 g21%

Our gluten-free carrot and walnut cake is perfect for any occasion.

The mighty carrot cake is one of the world’s favourite bakes. Our gluten-free carrot and walnut cake means that anyone on a gluten-free diet won’t miss out on the pleasure. We’ve kept the traditional cream cheese topping - would it be a carrot cake without it?

We haven’t just got gluten-free alternatives to carrot cake. Check out our other gluten-free cakes and bakes. You may have heard it before but gluten-free really doesn’t mean fun free!

There are many different reasons why people might choose a gluten-free lifestyle. If it’s new to you or you’re considering it, read our gluten-free diet guide.

If you need something to eat before you dive into the carrot cake, have a look at all our gluten-free recipes. 


  • 250g gluten-free plain flour
  • 3tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1tsp xanthan gum
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 175g muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 350g carrots, peeled and grated

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 3tbsp icing sugar
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 1 orange
  • 100g crushed walnuts

For the decoration

  • 250g marzipan
  • Orange food colouring
  • Pinch of parsley
  • 3tbsp cold coffee




  1. Heat the oven to 180C, Gas 4.
  2. Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder, xanthan gum and mixed spice. Add the oil, sugar and eggs to the bowl. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then fold in the grated carrots. Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and level.
  3. Bake for 30-40mins until just firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for about 10-15mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the topping beat the icing sugar into the cream cheese and grate in the zest of half of the orange. Spread the mixture over the top of the cake, sprinkle your nuts over to create a frame.
  5. For the carrot decorations, knead the orange food colouring into the marzipan until it is all orange. Make carrot shapes out of the coloured marzipan and paint a little cold coffee on them to make them earthy looking. Place them on top of the frosting with a sprinkling of the parsley to look like carrot tops.
Top Tip for making Gluten free carrot and walnut cake

Leave the walnuts off for a nut free cake.

Elisa Roche
Freelance food writer

Elisa is a chef, food stylist and journalist. She has also been the editorial director of food and drinks content for more than 40 magazines and websites. As well as being host of the brand new Careers Conversations series podcast at Food Matters Live.