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Soft & Moist Carrot Cake Recipe - It's Gluten Free & Dairy Free

Updated on October 3, 2015
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.

I got this recipe many years ago from a friend who used to work for an English couple in London. She was their housekeeper and lived in their mansion for many years. During the time she was working there, her job was to keep the mansion spotlessly clean and prepare meals for the English couple every day. She told me her boss loved to have desserts and sweets after dinner, and they had to be gluten free and dairy free, too. Her boss provided her with a collection of heirloom recipes which he expected her to prepare for his meals and according to his diet requirements. All she had to do was follow the instructions on the recipes and whipped up the most delicious meals and desserts. Amongst all the cakes recipes, this carrot cake was the Englishman's favourite.

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a soft and moist gluten free cake, mainly because most baking recipes contain gluten and dairy ingredients that help the cakes rise well and have better texture. When I first had this recipe, I was not sure if anybody (including me) was going to like this gluten free carrot cake. At that time, I was not a big fan of carrots either. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a big winner and nobody even noticed it was gluten free and dairy free. It also did not take long for the cake to be eaten up!

This carrot cake recipe is suitable for people who are intolerant to gluten and dairy products.

Moist Carrot Cake Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: serves 8 people
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slices of carrot cake, yumm!
slices of carrot cake, yumm! | Source
ingredients for carrot cake
ingredients for carrot cake | Source
grated carrots
grated carrots | Source
apple juice
apple juice | Source
mixture of oil, eggs, sugar and salt.
mixture of oil, eggs, sugar and salt. | Source
add in the grated carrots
add in the grated carrots | Source
add in the rest of the dry ingredients
add in the rest of the dry ingredients | Source
ready to go in the oven
ready to go in the oven | Source


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  1. First switch on the oven to 170°C and let it preheat for 10 minutes. Prepare the following ingredients while the oven is preheating.
  2. Put eggs, vegetable oil, raw sugar, vanilla essence and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir with a spoon to mix.
  3. Slowly add in carrots and fold into the mixture. Make sure the carrots are evenly coated with the mixture.
  4. Add in rice flour, dessicated coconut, baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon. Fold in the dry ingredients gently. The mixture will start to look a bit dry and difficult to mix.
  5. Slowly pour in the apple juice and mix until the mixture looks like a thick batter and there are no lumpy bits of flour.
  6. Grease the sides of a 20cm round or square cake tin and line the bottom with a grease-proof baking sheet. Pour in mixture and bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Test with a bamboo skewer to check if cake is thoroughly cooked in the centre. If the skewer comes out clean, then the cake is ready. Otherwise, lower the temperature to 160°C and bake for a another 5 to 10 minutes if necessary.
  8. When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then remove the cake from the baking tin and transfer it to a wire rack to cool.
  9. The carrot cake is ready to serve when cooled.

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Gluten & dairy free carrot cake
Gluten & dairy free carrot cake | Source

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    • FatBoyThin profile image

      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I love carrot cake and am always interested in trying out different versions, particularly those involving using vegetable oil (I haven't found one yet that I really like, so I'm still using butter). This one sounds tasty. Great Hub, voted up.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Simone, I think you should try out this recipe. Actually I made two carrot cakes while I was working on this hub. I gobbled up the first cake and forgot to take the pictures, and had to make another one :P

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a gorgeous-looking cake! I only discovered my love for carrot cake a couple of years back, and I have still not made one myself. Perhaps I should take your recipe for a spin!