Almond flour provides the base for this tender gluten-free cake that is filled with carrots, spices and just a hint of coconut. Look for almond flour in the gluten-free baking section of most major supermarkets or natural-foods stores.

Hilary Meyer
Source:, March 2018


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30 mins
2 hrs




Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cake: Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Coat the paper and sides of the pans with cooking spray.

  • Whisk almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, granulated sugar, coconut oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in carrots and 1 cup walnuts, if using. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely (about 1 hour).

  • Meanwhile, prepare frosting: Beat cream cheese, yogurt, confectioners' sugar and coconut extract, if using, in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

  • To assemble the cake, place one cake layer, top-side down, on a cake stand or plate. Spread evenly with 1/2 cup frosting. Set the remaining cake layer, top-side down, on top. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with walnuts, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate the cake for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 9g; carbohydrates 21.2g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 15.7g; fat 20.3g; saturated fat 6.8g; cholesterol 74.2mg; vitamin a iu 3721.3IU; vitamin c 1.3mg; folate 14.7mcg; calcium 95mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 67.5mg; potassium 129.5mg; sodium 267.8mg; added sugar 13g.