Coconut flour makes this classic carrot layer cake both gluten free and pleasingly dense.
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1 cup sifted coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons kosher salt
10 large eggs
5 carrots, peeled and shredded
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup coconut oil
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the Cake
Preheat the oven to 325º. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
Step 2 Make the Cake
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, blend the eggs, carrots, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and thoroughly mix. Pour the batter into two greased 9-by-9-inch cake pans lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick pulled from the center comes out clean. Remove the pans from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 3 Meanwhile, Make the Frosting
In a large bowl or stand mixer, whip together the cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
Step 4 Meanwhile, Make the Frosting
Once the cakes are completely cool, frost the cake with cream cheese frosting, garnish with walnuts and serve.
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Review Body: This recipe is amazing and multiple non-gluten-free eaters asked for the recipe, but there's a few things to note:
1) 2 teaspoons of salt can't be right, can it? That seems kinda crazy. I cut it down to 1/2 teaspoon.
2) The coconut oil should be melted but not hot
3) Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to the frosting or else it's too sweet. If you want enough frosting to cover the sides of the cake, you have to double the amount.
And sorry, but there's no way this picture goes with this recipe. 2 9" pans give you wide, rather flat cakes, not tall, narrow cakes. It shows shredded coconut on top instead of walnuts and it has some kind of bruleed sides that are not explained in the recipe at all.
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2016-11-18
Author Name: Zhanna Z
Review Body: Too much salt, i d put only 1 tsp, instead of baking soda, probably i d use next time baking powder and double the frosting. 9 inch pan only good for one. If you want tall and 2 layer cake use small pans. I used 9 inch pan, cut in half
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2017-05-14
Author Name: rrj637
Review Body: This ridiculous the ratings are so fake there is no way 3720 people gave this a 5 star, the salt and eggs are way too much. I regularly make carrot cake and it turns out perfect just wanted to try coconut flour and this recipe turned out real bad, waste of time an ingredients Don’t let the ratings deceive you, I am really disappointed.
Date Published: 2017-11-09
Author Name: Charlie Mer
Review Body: Please revise your recipe. The amount of salt listed on the recipe is far too much. While this mistake is recognized by some comments, reading them should not be required in order to successfully create the recipe. Wasted time is the worst, wasted ingredients a close second. This oversight should have been rectified long ago.
Disappointed in myself for not catching it but ridiculous that it hasn't been fixed