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Suuuper Tender Carrot Cake (Cupcakes!) 🥕 gluten free, keto & paleo

Ridiculously tender, moist, and easy to whip up! Your go-to gluten free, paleo and keto carrot cake (or cupcakes!)… at just 3g net carbs!

Paleo & keto carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream frosting
Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Carrot Cake (or Cupcakes!)

Paleo & Keto Carrot Cake (Cupcakes) 🥕

With Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting! ☁

Whip it up as a fancy-pants layered cake, or keep it simple as cupcakes. Either way, you can expect a classic carrot cake experience through and through!

And don’t be turned off because ‘carrots aren’t keto’ (of course they are, just not in huge amounts!). The added carrot here is very similar to say pumpkin puree: while you can’t chug an entire can of the stuff, you can surely enjoy it sparingly.

Keto is a metabolic state after all, not a list of foods (and thaaank goodness for that!).

Oh, and an absolute must is it’s ideal companion: our cream cheese buttercream frosting.

Gluten Free, Paleo & Low Carb Carrot Cake Cupcakes Fresh From The Oven
Gluten Free, Paleo & Low Carb Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Spreading Buttercream Frosting On Gluten Free, Paleo & Low Carb Carrot Cake
Gluten Free, Paleo & Low Carb Carrot Cake

The Flours

What works best here is a mixture of super fine almond flour (I love Anthony’s the most!), psyllium husk (I like NOW) and golden flax seed meal best. No xanthan gum is needed here to yield a wonderful and moist crumb (hurray!)

Just keep in mind that for best texture and rise, you’ll always want to regrind your psyllium husk (or powder) and golden flaxseed meal in a dry blender or bullet. And it seems that, by regrinding your psyllium, you are lowering the odds of it turning your baked goods purple (hooray!).

The Sweetener

You’ve got good options here. Erythritol (Lakanto is awesome here), allulose and xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) are my top choices (no aftertaste at all!).

Pyure is also a good one for muffins and quick breads, particularly if you’re trying to limit your sugar alcohol consumption (it’s added stevia makes it twice as sweet as sugar… i.e. you add half!).

Oh, and if not restricted by sugars (i.e. paleo), simply sub 1-to-1 with coconut or regular sugar.

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Gluten Free, Paleo & Low Carb Carrot Cake (or Cupcakes!)

Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Carrot Cake (or Cupcakes!)  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, Paleo
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Calories: 181 kcal

Ridiculously tender, moist, and easy to whip up! Your go-to gluten free, paleo & keto carrot cake (or cupcakes!) at just 3g net carbs!

If baking a layered carrot cake rather than cupcakes, change the serving size to 12 for two layers and 18 for three. 

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Line (or grease and flour) a muffin pan or cake pans, set aside. 

  2. Whisk together in a medium bowl almond flour, flaxseed meal, psyllium husk, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Set aside. 

  3. Cream butter in a large bowl until softened (1 minute), add the sweetener of choice and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Mix in vinegar, vanilla extract and orange zest until fully incorporated. Mix in the eggs one at a time, the batter will appear slightly 'broken' (don't worry!). 

  4. Add in the dry flour mixture in two parts. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes until fully incorporated and elastic, the batter will thicken as you mix. Fold in carrots and pecans. 

  5. Distribute batter evenly into pan, smoothing out the tops with wet fingertips. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, until deep golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Check in on them after minute 10, and cover with aluminum foil as soon as they begin to brown (minute 13 for us). 

  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing, and cool completely in a rack before frosting. If building a layered cake: once cool refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. 

  7. Make your cream cheese buttercream frosting while your cupcakes or cakes are cooling. And frost away! 

  8. If frosted, keep covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.  Without the frosting store in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Recipe Notes

*For best texture and rise, always regrind your psyllium husk (or powder) and flax meal in a dry blender or bullet. 

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated without the buttercream frosting. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Carrot Cake (or Cupcakes!)  
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 289mg12%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3100IU62%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sheryl says:

    I love these cupcakes! They are by far the best keto dessert item I have baked. I made them for my son’s birthday party. His were regular flour, but these were the cupcakes that everyone wanted. Thank you!

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