recipe inspired by Elana's Pantry
When trying to decide what kind of cake I wanted to make for my birthday, I first wished for a light, fluffy,
vanilla bean cake covered in cinnamon nutmeg frosting, then a chocolate cake with whipped buttercream frosting, and ultimately decided on carrot cake. My Grandma Flint makes the BEST carrot cake and it is one of the few things that I miss being Paleo and Gluten Free. Changing a recipe from wheat to gluten free is not as easy as switching out the flour. Since it is my birthday, and some things are worth cheating, frosting was worth it for me, for today. (only on special occasions do I really cheat, but never with gluten)
3 c blanched almond flour
2 t sea salt
1 t baking soda
1 T ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1/8 c applesauce
1/8 c grapeseed oil
1/4 c agave nectar
1/4 c honey
5 large eggs
3 c grated carrots
1 c raisins
1 c walnuts, coarsely chopped
Next time I will add 1 c shredded coconut to the mix as well.
Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Grease 2 9-inch cake pans with grapeseed oil and dust with almond flour.
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, applesauce, agave, honey, and eggs. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Fold in the carrots, raisins, and walnuts. Scoop the batter into the prepared cake pans.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans 1 hour, then frost.
ingredients- Coconut Butter Cream Frosting NOT PALEO
1 cube unsalted butter, softened
3 3/4 c powdered sugar
a dash of salt
4 T half & half
2 t vanilla extract, or to taste
1 t coconut extract
Cream butter, slowly add powdered sugar, salt, half & half, vanilla and coconut. When cakes have cooled completely frost and layer on eachother. Top cakes with coconut flakes.
I am Jessie, a modern-day CaveWoman. You can contact me at thecavewomanskitchen @ gmail (dot) com, if you are on twitter you can find my tweets here.