Paleo Plan

Paleo Carrot Cake with Creamy Dairy Free Frosting

Paleo Carrot Cake

Serves 12

Approximate prep time: 15 minutes plus 4 hours to soak cashews

Approximate cook time: 35 minutes



1 cup almond flour

1/3 cup coconut flour

1 cup arrowroot starch

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of nutmeg

9 eggs

1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Zest from 1 orange

3 cups grated carrots



1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours

1 3/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut butter

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Make The Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 9x13 baking pan with coconut oil or leaf lard. (You can also use 2 9-inch cake pans and make a layer cake if you’d like.)

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients except for the carrots.  Whisk until well combined.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and stir. Fold in the carrots. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Make The Frosting

Drain the cashews and blend in a food processor or high powered blender until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well combined and creamy.

Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting and serving.


  1. This seems to be an expensive cake? Almond flour, coconut flour, 9 eggs, raw cahews and mapel syrup…wow, not good for a budget!

  2. Christine

    Wow, I think this recipe could grace Mrs Beeton’s cookery book. It’s a bit OTT for most people Mark.

    I’m not even sure that almond flour and coconut flour can be obtained in the UK!

  3. Roxanne, many Paleo desserts ARE expensive….but most of them are OH, SO WORTH IT!!!

  4. Looks Delicious can’t wait to try. Yes a little pricey, but you should eat dessert in a blue moon(every other month)

  5. I wasn’t aware that baking powder was paleo-friendly – I’ve avoided it because I heard that it could contain gluten. Is there a specific brand or type that you recommend?

  6. New to paleo. What is coconut butter? Would I find it in the dairy case (with the regular butter) at Trader Joe’s?

    • Dave – No, you’d find it with the coconut oil and/or by the almond butter. I’d ask in the store, or buy it online if you can’t find it.

  7. Baking powder has corn starch in it. Can Xanthan gum replace it? This is what I’ve been told.

  8. This must have a 1000 calories a slice !

  9. Tracey O

    Love it. Made it today and it is half gone. Love the ginger brownies they are to die for as well as the vanilla pound cake with coconut cream. Love all of your recipes. i have has chronic fatigue for months i have tried everything and nothing helped. Until i went Paleo i am back to 90% im amazed . Thankyou all x


    For me, the carb intake for one serving is what I try to maintain for the whole day! Or at the most, it doesn’t leave much room for the rest of the day, as I try to stay under 50 carbs for the day. It does sound wicked good though!

  11. Can this recipe be made into cupcakes? I would like to make them for my husband and me and freeze leftovers for future enjoyment.

  12. Jody B

    We made the cake and frosting for my daughters birthday. The cake turned out wonderfully. The frosting is different. It looks nothing like the picture. Maybe I did something wrong.

  13. How important is the arrowroot starch for this recipe? I cannot find it anywhere in South Africa. Is there a substitute flour I can use?

    • Sasha, you can replace the arrowroot starch with 1 cup tapioca flour and get a very similar result.

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