Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with a Kick

Carrot cake with spice and an after-burner. Tastes great topped with whipped cream or powdered sugar. You can also bake the cake in two 8-inch round pans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
16 servings


  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup applesauce

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • cup orange juice

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups grated carrots

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons seeded and minced jalapeno pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves together in a bowl.

  3. Beat oil, applesauce, brown sugar, white sugar, and orange juice together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Beat eggs, 1 at a time, into applesauce mixture, beating until each egg is fully incorporated before adding next egg.

  4. Mix flour mixture into applesauce mixture, alternating with carrots, walnuts, and jalapeno pepper, until batter is just blended; pour into prepared baking pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
14g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 99mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.