Family-Favorite Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

I have been making this recipe for over 20 years and it is a hit among family and friends.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 9x13-inch cake


  • cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (such as Cup4Cup™)

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

  2. Mix sugar, oil, applesauce, and eggs together in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla extract, and nutmeg; mix well. Stir in shredded carrots and pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use two 9-inch round baking pans if you'd like. Baking time would be 35 minutes.

Substitute vegetable oil for canola oil if preferred.

I frost this with Cream Cheese Frosting II from this site.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
12g Fat
47g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 149mg 3%

* 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.

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