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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

carrot cake gluten free cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

I’ve been wanting to make gluten free Carrot Cupcakes for a while now.  When I think of spring, I think of carrot cake and when I think of picnics and potlucks I think of carrot cake cupcake yumminess.

These little gluten free Carrot Cake Cupcakes are topped with my Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, though if you’re looking for a vegan frosting option, you could go with my Coconut Cream Frosting.

My younger son loved these, though the whole family enjoyed them as well.  In the spirit of my own personal cupcake month, I present you with, Carrot Cake Cupcakes!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes


  1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, oil and agave
  3. Stir carrots and pecans into wet ingredients
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  5. Scoop a heaping ¼ cup batter into a paper lined muffin pan
  6. Bake at 325° for 18 to 22 minutes
  7. Cool to room temperature and spread with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting
  8. Serve

Makes about 10 cupcakes

In banana news, the website Endless Simmer has a great post called 100 Things to Do with a Banana, which features my Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream. If you have some bananas sitting on the counter and are looking for inspiration, head on over to endlesssimmer.com.

I will be teaching a gluten free cooking class at the Whole Foods in Fort Collins, CO at 6:30pm, on Friday, June 25th. For more information please see their online store calendar. You can register by calling (970) 267-9200 or by visiting the guest service desk at Whole Foods.

I also want to mention that last weeks Friday Freebie giveaway officially ends tomorrow (5/19/2010). To be entered to win a jar of Naturally Nutty Organic Pepita Sun Seed Butter just leave a comment on my YouTube channel and let us know what your favorite video is.

posted on May 18, 2010, 51 comments

  1. That is so funny! I almost made carrot cake cupcakes this morning myself! :-) Yours sound wonderful!

    ?, Kelly

  2. Wendy

    Any ideas for a dairy free topping for these cupcakes?

  3. Thanks Elana –

    Thanks for all of these yummy cupcake recipes. I love carrot cake. And I regularly use ripe bananas for dessert, whether it be my Quinnana Cookies or a fruit sorbet in my vitamix (banana and blueberries is a favorite). I also use coconut milk quite a bit when making my sorbet/ice creams.

  4. aimee

    YAY! thank you Elana! i will make these this weekend. i might try using zucchini too- i still have shredded in my freezer from last season’s blitz!

    and OH! i wish i still lived in Ft. Collins! are you coming to upstate New York any time soon???? :)

  5. thank you for the yummy looking cupcakes. any suggestions for a substitution for the blueberries?

  6. I was just thinking about you posting a Carrot Cupcake recipe, and lo and behold, you did! This is awesome; thank you.

  7. Primal Toad @ primaltoad.com

    Thoose look fabulous! Keep the muffin recipes coming :)

  8. My favorite! With your coconut cream frosting these would be awesome!

  9. Kari

    I make carrot cake muffins with your carrot cake recipe from your book all the time. One batch makes 12 muffins and I use two mashed bananas instead of using the agave. They are spectacular!

  10. Lisamarie

    That sounds yummy. My creative 7 year old daughter and I are going to try this with some pineapple and candied ginger in the batter and some orange zest in the frosting. Can’t wait!!!

  11. rebecca at riceretoad

    your recipes seem great for my new cooking and baking habbits but when i print them they come out really small what should i do.?????:(

    • Margaret

      Up at the top of your page is FORMAT
      Go there and change the size of your letters and your font if desired
      You can also put your recipes on WORDPAD for easier printing

  12. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen @ leftoverqueen.com

    Awesome recipe – definitely going to try it!

  13. Mia

    Our favorite, favorite, favorite! My 6 year old son told my 8 year old son when they came out of the oven: “man, you gotta smell these!”

    I subbed honey for agave and olive oil (for baking) for grapeseed. I also piped the cream cheese frosting (made with cream cheese, sour cream, and honey) out of the clipped edge of a ziploc baggy. They looked so professional I am planning to make them for my oldest son’s graduation party next month.


  14. Karina

    all of these cupcakes look delicious, but how about, orange cream cupcakes or maybe even pineapple upside down cupcakes or apple cinnamon cupcakes…there are so many endless flavors!

  15. Cynthia Corby @ indiefree.com

    I love your site, Elana.!
    I’ve only been eating gluten free for a year, now. I feel so much better.
    However, I never gave up my carrot cake and adapted Grandma’s recipe with
    much success. I do want to try substituting agave or stevia instead of sugar for a friend of mine.We’ll see how that goes…Thanks!

  16. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    Carrot Cupcakes were my first gluten-free baking success – and one of my first posts. :) Near and dear to my heart. I love, love, love them and they’re always a hit with everyone. Everyone who’s baked my recipe loves them, too. I use less flour but the same amount of carrots and pecans and, of course, cream cheese frosting. What else would one use? Great minds, huh??

    Saw that your book is still going strong. Congrats, Elana. You’ve worked so hard and deserve the success!

  17. CRAVING cupcakes!!! I’ve been wanting cupcakes all weekend long. I think it’s all your fault Elana! :-) And now, I think I’m going to head to my kitchen and make these RIGHT now!

  18. Oh my goodness, these were fabulous. I made them last night and they were a big hit. I did add a few raisins to the mix and exchanged the pecans for walnuts, because that is what I had. Yum! Thanks for a great recipe.

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  20. OMG, these look amazing and made with healthy things I can eat! Just found you this a.m. and I’m looking forward to perusing your recipes.

  21. Amber Baley

    Just found your website, and have already ordered your cookbook! I made these muffins tonight as my first attempt at gluten free baking and they are AMAZING! :)

  22. Just made these and they’re great. I kicked up the cinnamon a bit but no other changes. If you’re a carrot cake fanatic like my wife and I are, you should definitely make these!

  23. Stacy

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe Elana. Tested the recipe tonight. Plan to make them for my niece’s 1 year b-day party this weekend. She has a gluten/dairy allergy. Tinted the coconut cream frosting orange and made them look like jollay pumpkins by cutting organic fruit leather for pumpkin’s faces. Too cute! Thanks!

  24. Natalie Calabretta

    I was wondering what the purpose of the grapeseed oil is? I am on a low-sugar, high fat, low carb. diet. I have to stay away from grapes. Is there anything I can substitute it with?

  25. Mariana @ msfabulous.com

    Thank you Elana for this easy, tasty recipe. It was perfect for using up the pulp from my juicer (easily work with beet and apple mixed in with the carrot). I like that there is so little sugar and only needs 1 1/2 cups of almost flour.

  26. Pat Thames

    Elana, I tried to make a gluten free pound cake. It is delicious, but made a total mess of my oven. I probably lost half of the cake in what looked like a volcanic eruption. I substituted Almond flour for plain flour. I am thinking maybe one should drastically reduce any oil when using Almond or Coconut flour.

    In short, I am even more thankful for all of your recipes. You have removed the guess work. Pat

  27. These are unbelievably good. I made these with my mom last night and we used olive oil instead of grapeseed and honey instead of agave. They were amazing. The batch of 10 didn’t last more than two days. I love your recipes Elana. Keep them coming!


  28. these look great, my son really likes carrot cake, I’ll have to give these a try!

  29. Heidi

    I am new to paleo and this was the first recipe I tried from your site. Honestly, I was shocked. These are soooo good! I even like them with no icing at all. Gave some to my pregnant friend because she needs to cut sugar and she and her husband loved them. Thanks for a great recipe.

  30. Your mini muffins look lovely, Elana! I linked to them from my own version. Glad to be back checking your site regularly again! Beautiful treats, as always. :)

  31. Traci

    I made these for a cookout and they were delicious! I substituted expeller pressed organic coconut oil for the grapeseed oil and added 1/3 cup crushed pineapple with juice. It made 12 cupcakes. We are casein free also so I iced them with a frosting made up of powdered sugar, Spectrum organic palm shortening, vanilla and a coconut milk.

  32. Samantha

    As soon as I get some more xylitol, I am so making this!

  33. Patti

    My 8 year old (picky) son and I LOVE these! I should probably double the recipe next time, as they never last long., will be a lunchbox staple this year for sure! We don’t ice them, just eat as muffins.

  34. Amy

    I made these and they are absolutely wonderful. The kids LOVE them as well. I have packed one for my son’s lunch everyday. He says “don’t forget my carrot cupcake!” We recently are transitioning over to a wheat/gluten free diet and recipes like this make it so easy!!! Thanks so much. I also added raisins and chopped pecans to contrast the textures and it turned out wonderful.

  35. Anita Gaer

    The batter is so dry. Am I missing some liquid of some kind?



  36. Debbie Smith

    I just made these, and they’re wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly. They’re so moist and delicious! You’d never know they were gluten-free. Thanks!

  37. Anna

    Elana – I simply LOVE your recipes and have enjoyed lots of your gluten free goodies since discovering your blog recently! However…here in the UK I find it very hard to find some ingredients…such as grapeseed oil. Any suggestions for a substitution or does it simply not work? Thanks so much!

  38. Hi Elena! Thanks for your recipe. I adapted it into a birthday cake and my friend loved it! He also appreciated that I made it gluten free for his girl friend. The cake is so moist and no one could tell that I used almond meal instead of regular flour. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  39. V.

    I don’t know you personally…only from your books, etc. But I just love your generous spirit. You have hit on a way of having Delisious!! Foods in a nutricious way and you share so wonderfully. Thank You:-)

  40. Heidi

    I made and ate 4 of these today! Ohmalord!

  41. Tina T.Englmayr

    Hi, this carrot cup cake recipe looks good. I am thinking of making it for my sons 4th b.day party but we don’t use agave because of it’s high fructose content, do you think organic whole sugar would work? :)

  42. I just made these cupcakes and had to write a comment. I also made the coconut frosting and followed all the trial and errors your other readers faced. Both turned out amazing! I absolutely love them! Thank you!

  43. Amy

    Made these this morning and frosted with coconut cream frosting. They looked and smelled delicious. I noticed after 2 or 3 bites that I had forgotten to add the carrots! Still tasty.

    • haha..I did the same before! these are very tasty indeed. I make another variation of these where I skip on the flour and add almond butter and coconut milk instead. They end up very moist. But I agree these are great with or without carrots ;)

  44. Sara Flores

    I made these morning, I did not add the pecans because my husband does not like nuts in baked goods and I substituted agave nectar with maple syrup because I did not quite like the taste of the nectar. I also did not make the frosting because I wanted muffins. They are delicious!!! I don’t know if there would be a big difference in taste with the pecans. I think the recipe is delicious and very moist even with the changes.

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