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gluten free vegan carrot cake with cream cheese icing

Gluten Free Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

A delicious gluten free vegan carrot cake topped with dairy free cream cheese frosting is just the thing to bake in springtime. This decadent dessert is allergy friendly, so everyone can enjoy it!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword birthday cake, easter dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 494 kcal


For the cake:

For the frosting:

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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper. Lightly dust the pan with gluten free flour as well.

  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 F 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

Store leftover cake in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about 5 days.

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 can add other things to this batter if you like - crushed pineapple, nuts, seeds, etc.

**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*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2940IU59%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.