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An easy recipe for vegan and gluten free carrot cake. This lightly spiced cake is topped with a sweet dairy free cream cheese frosting.

Gluten Free Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

A delicious gluten free and vegan carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting. This decadent dessert is allergy friendly, so everyone can enjoy it!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 494 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke

Ingredients

For the cake:

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces Daiya brand vegan cream cheese softened
  • 4 Tablespoons buttery spread softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the shredded carrots and toss to coat. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the sugars, canola oil, applesauce, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and water. Stir well until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-38 minutes (depending on the size of the pan), or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cook for about 15 minutes in the pan, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and invert over a wire rack to remove. Let the cake cool fully on the wire rack.
  6. Make the frosting once the cake is fully cooled. In a mixing bowl whip the Daiya cream cheese and the vegan buttery spread. Sift in the powdered sugar. Mix until very smooth and creamy.
  7. Frost the cooled cake, and refrigerate if not serving immediately. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

*I like using my gluten free flour blend for cake recipes. It does not contain xanthan gum, but that has not been a problem for me. My cakes hold together very well. 
**You may need to adjust the amount of water based on what flour blend you use. Some gluten free blends require more water. The dough should not be dry or too thick.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 494 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 58g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 58.8%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 6%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.