Gluten-free carrot cake

This recipe makes the most deliciously moist carrot cake – no one will believe it is gluten-free!

Gluten-free carrot cake

Gluten-free carrot cake

Servings: 8 | Preparation time: 60 minutes | Cooking time: 75-90 minutes


For the cake:

  • 300g Schär Mix It! Universal
  • 100g cooking apples; peeled, cored and sliced
  • 250g carrots, grated
  • 85g raisins
  • 4tbsp orange juice (save zest for icing)
  • 200g brown or Muscavado sugar
  • 2tsp gluten free baking power
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 50g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten

For the icing:

  • 115g full fat cream cheese
  • 50g butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • The zest of one orange

For the decorations:

  • Pecan or walnut halves
  • Sugar carrots
  • Crushed Brazil nuts


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°/150°C Fan/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Place the sliced apple, carrot, raisins and orange juice in a large dish. Cover and microwave for 4 minutes to soften the apple and carrot. Mash lightly with a fork and allow to cool.
  3. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the oil and eggs then add to the dry ingredients along with the cooled carrot mixture. Beat together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour into a lightly buttered tin which has been base-lined with baking parchment (we recommend a round, 20cm wide tin). Bake for approximately 1¼ -1 ½ hours, or until the cake is firm to the touch and golden. Once removed from the oven, let the cake cool in the tin.
  5. Beat the icing ingredients together and spread onto the cake top and sides or cut in half and spread in the middle and on top. Decorate with pecan or walnut halves, crushed nuts and sugar carrots.