Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting {AIP, Paleo}

By Amanda Paa – Updated December 3, 2021
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When I discovered my gluten intolerance five years ago, baking was a big, foreign challenge. All the new to me flours, getting things to rise, not crumble into pieces or be dense and gummy, and most importantly – to taste identical to their glutenful partners.

But nothing could prepare me for what I was going to experience while trying to make an AIP carrot cake, not even my dabbles in paleo baking because that relies heavily on eggs.

When following an AIP diet,

you cannot use any flours made from grains/seeds/nuts, dairy, eggs (which also means flax or chia eggs were out), gums for binding or refined sugar.

AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting ~ so delicious, moist & full of flavor.

How does this AIP Carrot Cake taste?

This cake is super moist, and just sweet enough from maple syrup, spring carrots, and plump golden raisins. The smell of cinnamon, ginger and cloves float through the air while it bakes, and bring classic flavors to each forkful.

Topped with airy Whipped Coconut Milk Frosting and toasted coconut flakes, it’s the best bite I’ve taken in a long time.

AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting

What gluten-free flours are used to make this AIP Cake?

Without the chemistry of regular baking ingredients, there were a lot of components that were going to have to work just right to get this AIP/Paleo cake to work and be utterly delicious.

I used these three flours:

  • arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch),
  • coconut flour
  • and tigernut flour. Tigernuts are actually a root vegetable, not a nut. I’ve been enjoying them raw as a snack, mostly savory but kind of sweet like the profile of cashews.
AIP Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting + Tigernut Flour Giveaway!

I figured the flour combination I mentioned would be a good balance of weight, absorbency and starch to help the cake stick together. From there I tackled the wet ingredients:

– maple syrup (sweetener)
– applesauce (to act as a binder and mimic eggs)
– coconut milk (soft texture and fat)
– coconut oil (soft texture and fat)

AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Coconut Milk Whipped "Cream"

It looked pretty and tasted really good, but I couldn’t get it to bake through. Too much liquid compared to flour, and it didn’t rise much. It kind of held together, but it was dense, not fluffy like a cake should be.

I started with a large amount of tigernut flour to little arrowroot & coconut, but found that less tigernut flour made for the best balance. The skin on a tigernut is quite tough, similar to the other outer bran of brown rice so it’s best for it to blend into the softer flours instead of dominate.

And making “eggs” from grassfed gelatin was the winning answer.

AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting (nut-free too)
AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting (nut-free too)

I’ve been excited to share this recipe with you because I want all of us experiencing autoimmune conditions or food sensitivities to feel normal, especially on holidays when food is at the center of family and friends.

But for now let’s all make carrot cake, and embrace the sunshine of spring. It’s the arrival of a new season, new again fruits and vegetables, and opportunities to embrace the beautiful life around us.

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AIP/Paleo Carrot Cake with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (vegan too)

Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting {AIP, Paleo}

A paleo carrot cake that is also AIP friendly! Topped with whipped coconut frosting.
4.64 from 44 votes
Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :33 minutes
Total Time :53 minutes
Author: Amanda Paa




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan with a thin layer of coconut oil on the bottom and up the sides, in the corners.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the tigernut flour, arrowroot/tapioca starch, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, coconut milk, applesauce, maple syrup and cooled coconut oil.
  • Add 1/2 of the wet ingredients to the dry, stir until combined. Then add the remaining half of wet ingredients and stir until no streaks remain. Fold in the carrots and raisins. At this time make your gelatin eggs, and stir them fully into the mixture. From here you will need to work quickly because the mixture gets very sticky. Spread into the pan, pressing down with a piece of wax paper to make smooth as needed.
  • Bake for 18 minutes then set a piece of aluminum foil on top (not securing it, just covering it) and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove and test with a toothpick. When it comes out clean and not gooey, the cake is done. If not done, continue baking in 2 minute increments until it is. Let cool completely.
  • For frosting: Open the refrigerated coconut milk, being careful to keep it level. Scoop out all the hard cream that has come to the surface, until you hit the liquid. Leave the liquid in the can, do not add. Put the coconut cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a mixer or handheld mixer on high speed – whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks. Stir in the honey and frost cake. Best stored in refrigerator, then let it come to room temperature before serving


I highly, highly recommend using a scale and measuring for weight for any type of AIP/paleo/gluten-free baking because the weight of the flour is adjusted just perfectly for the amount of liquid. If you decide to use a measuring cup, don't pack the flour in. Take a spoon and add the flour to the cup, then level off.

AIP Paleo Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting

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  1. Meghan

    5 stars
    So Great – how many servings on it and do you have an estimated nutrition

  2. Gina

    I made these today and they came out absolutely delicious. Much better than any of the recipe I’ve tried. The only question I have is there was a bit of a grainy texture. I’m not sure if it was the carrots or maybe it was the tiger not flour? What do you think? PS I made cupcakes with the same timing that you suggested and also I use banana instead of applesauce, and organic coconut whipping cream instead of coconut cream or milk.

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi! I’m glad you liked this recipe! The texture may be different than you are used to depending on the tigernut flour you used, which can be a bit coarse. You could also try grating the carrots a bit finer.

  3. David Blows

    Hi Amanda, thanks so much for this lovely sounding recipe.
    I’ve been able to reintroduce eggs so, with that in mind, would you mind advising how many I should use in place of the gelatin?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hello! It would be two large eggs.

  4. Maya

    5 stars
    Wow, the cake was amazing! Way better than expected. The frosting didn’t turn out so good, but eating it like a sweet bread with aip butter was perfect.

  5. Kathy Henderson

    I’m sensitive to all coconut products. What can I use to replace?

  6. Carlos

    5 stars
    Any sub other than banana for the applesauce? I love how how low in sugars this is overall (please create more recipes with no refined sugar/very low sugar!) …Also dreaming of making a layer cake with cashew cream cheese frosting with this beautiful post, or just using 1 & 1/2 or doubling the ingredients to make a thicker square cake- any suggestions?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Carlos! I have not tested any substitutes for applesauce. It would probably work well as a layer cake by make two whole cakes, stacking, and layering with cashew frosting. I wouldn’t make 1 1/2x and bake in the pan called for – it will take too long to bake all the way through.

  7. Christina

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this and was wondering if I could do muffins with it? Adding some chopped nuts as well, almost like Morning Glory muffins…? I’m doing some simple shredded chicken salad bowls for a quick lunch/dinner and thought muffins would be something different as an accompaniment rather than bread, rice, etc.

    • Amanda Paa

      Yes, definitely works well as muffins, I’ve made it that way before!

  8. Steph

    5 stars
    SO DELICIOUS! The only things I changed were I using a little less maple syrup (figured the raisins added enough sugar) and used chicken eggs (I’m dairy free but not vegan). Texture is amazing, especially for gluten free. And so happy to use tiger nut and coconut flour because they’re (IMO) the healthiest gluten free flours.

    • Amanda Paa

      love to hear it, Steph!

  9. Alison

    5 stars
    This was my first attempt at AIP Baking. Fantastic results! I am so excited to share it with my family this Easter 🐣 😍

    • Amanda Paa

      love to hear it!

  10. Desiree

    5 stars
    I’ve made this without raisins Solange, and I’ve also tried adding some lightly toasted walnuts and coconut to the batter- both versions turned out lovely and perfect!!

    • Amanda Paa

      good to know!

  11. Laura

    Do you think it would work to substitute two eggs for the gelatin eggs? I don’t do well with gelatin, but eggs done bother me.

    • Amanda Paa

      Yes, I think that would work fine! I’d just add 10 more grams of tigernut flour.

  12. Solange

    5 stars
    A little robin shared that it’s carrot cake season;) so I am eyeing this up and am captivated by all of those lush and nutritious ingredients…and I absolutely love coconut whipped cream on anything and everything! I’m so allergic to the sugar in raisins sadly- would you suggest soaking them first or can I leave them out/sub something (like chopped walnuts) without losing the overall integrity of this gorgeous cake?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hello! You could substitute with 2 chopped dates, or yes, I think chopped walnuts would be great too.

  13. Desiree

    5 stars
    All out of maple syrup, and so is the local Co-Op where I shop! Any other suggestions for a liquid sweetener for this lovely Spring cake? I’m dreaming of enjoying it with my morning coffee tomorrow morning!

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Desiree! Honey should work equally as well.

  14. Rebecca

    5 stars
    Just made this yesterday for my husband’s birthday. We made it 1 day ahead just in case this didn’t work out (we have had many fails with recipes in the past – this is our first recipe on this website though)……it is AMAZING! My kids and I have been trying not to eat the cake before it’s actually frosted and ready :) We used a 6in round pan and then used a silicone donut pan (made 6 donuts). The cake has a great crumb and is not dry at all – I honestly can’t tell that it contains zero wheat! My oldest daughter is dealing with Hashimoto’s and still waiting from more answers. We are trying to please those in our family without food restrictions as well and this is prefect – AIP is new to us but this is definitely a winner!! Thank you!!!

    • Amanda Paa

      what a joy to hear this, so glad you were all able to enjoy the carrot cake together!

      • Rebecca

        5 stars
        I forgot to mention that we didn’t use raisins :) Other than that we followed the recipe!

  15. tracy dawn leonard

    5 stars
    O.M. Goodness. It doesnt even need the frosting. I substituted smashed banana with additional milk to make up the applesauce, and I did not have raisins so I used chopped dates. I did not sift my tigernut flour.

    I am a serious foodie, and this is the first AIP dessert I have found that is worth the expense. It is FANTASTIC. THANK YOU

    • Amanda Paa

      oh, the chopped dates sound fabulous! glad you liked the recipe.

  16. Gigi

    5 stars
    Any sub for the tigernut flour? Can’t find it anywhere locally and I am a wild woman who wants this beautiful thing NOW!!😘😘

    • Amanda Paa

      hello! i haven’t tested it with a substitute for tigernut flour, but if i had to guess, cassava flour would work well.

  17. Katrina

    5 stars
    Great recipe for fluffy carrot cake, and can easily be adapted to make muffins! They are great for baking ahead and freezing as well!

    • Amanda Paa

      Fabulous, so glad you liked the AIP carrot cake! And thanks for letting us know it freezes well.

  18. Yvonne Fulciniti

    3 stars
    Is it possible for you to provide the conversions to cups on the tigernut and coconut flours? I researched and found 7/8 cup (for the 110 grams) and 1/8 or 2 TBSP (on the 30 grams) but wanted to confirm. Much thanks. Want to make but I don’t want to waste ingredients by getting the measurements wrong. Thank you so much.

    • Amanda Paa

      hello! it’s important to use weights rather than cups for measurement with grain free baking since volume does not equal weight.

  19. Bethany

    So I don’t normally comment on recipes, but this carrot cake turned out too amazing not to comment!! After it cooled I just HAD to taste it, and I was shocked at the texture—it was exactly the same as our GF vegan carrot cake made with oats and WITH eggs—that gelatin egg technique was one I hadn’t seen before and it worked wonders!!! A couple notes of things I tweaked in case it might be helpful to someone else… I was terrified of subbing anything since I’ve found in my AIP baking that all too often that ruins the recipe, but I did sub 1 thing with wonderful success: instead of applesauce I put in crushed pineapple, since we love pineapple in our carrot cake—turned out perfect!! I also added 1/2 tsp of allspice, to make it a little spicier, increased the cinnamon a bit, and I think next time I’d increase the cloves, since we all like our carrot cake plenty spicy. 😊 Final note, if you’re at high altitude like we are (we’re at 7,000 feet), you’ll need to bake it longer. About 20 minutes without foil, and then with foil for probably 25-30ish, until the toothpick comes out MOSTLY clean. It’ll probably seem really underdone, but let it cool and it sets up amazingly. Thank you SO much for this recipe, I’m always so happy when my AIP recipes for my Mom turn out so well, and I’ll for sure be back here for more recipes!! 😊 ❤️

    • Amanda Paa

      so glad you liked it, Bethany! and thank you for the high altitude baking notes.

  20. Martina

    This is is absolutely the win!!! Love it. My best aip dessert so far.

    • Amanda Paa

      wonderful, so glad you liked it Martina!

  21. Arlene

    Thank you 🙏 thank you and thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been dabbling in keto and paleo for a a few months and now going AIP and I’m overwhelmed. Carrot cake is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to try.

  22. Kathy

    This recipe worked perfectly. I would add vanilla extract, but then I’m not worrying about AIP or paleo–just can’t handle wheat. Definitely making this again.

    • amandapaa

      yes, if you aren’t doing AIP, vanilla is a perfect addition! so glad you liked the recipe. xo

  23. Pauline

    THANK-YOU!!! So hard to find egg free thats also grain free DF n nut free. Have so many “allergies” I just eat mostly plain foods because I can’t have most spices. This cake was SO delicious! I finally used my tigernut flour n had to restrain myself from eating the whole thing in one night in case my reaction was delayed. I only had to make a couple minor changes which I can share for others out there who struggle.
    Did change the applesauce to pineapple which I just chopped n drained from can no sugar.
    Had to leave out cinnamon so heaping measures of ginger n cloves but it really had a bite which I loved but if my daughter had been home she would not have. Also used half honey n half malpe syrup. Did sift flour like others suggested. Took me so long bc I never bake that I didn’t toast my coconut for top but still loved it with or without any toppings.
    Plan to make again asap. Also my first time with gelatin egg so appreciate the link. Mmmm

    • amandapaa

      So glad you enjoyed, and thank you for the feedback! xo

  24. Carin

    Loved this. Made the cake two days ahead of serving and stored it wrapped at room temperature Made the icing the morning of the party but kept it separate in the fridge for a few hours then served it on the side. It was really good and the texture was nice, like a spice cake. I did sift the tigernut flour through a fine mesh strainer. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • amandapaa

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! And great make-ahead idea.

  25. Katherine

    Amanda, my mom always put drained crushed pineapple in her carrot cake. I was wondering what changes I would need to make to put in some crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup. Could I use it instead of applesauce?

    • amandapaa

      Hi Katherine! I’m not sure if pineapple would substitute equally because some of the reason I use applesauce for its acidic properties that react in a certain way to replace the egg.

  26. Jessica

    It is a very good cake. The kids were amazed. I love carrot cake. I read through all the comments before I made it. I sifted through the tigernut flour. A lot of it does not go through the sift! It was a fine powder after that. It was such a good moisture and texture. It was just like any regular flour cake. It cooks so quickly too. I’ve never toasted coconut flakes so the first batch got burnt. I put them in the toaster oven on toast for 2:30 and that was enough to make them black. The second time I toasted them for 1 minute. They all wanted more! Thank you for taking the time to get this right. I appreciate it.

  27. Erin

    Have you tried the recipe as cupcakes/muffins? I can’t wait to try this! I also love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, so I might try using some coconut yoghurt in the frosting recipe for a bit of that tangy flavor.

  28. Stephanie Rickenbaker

    LOVE this recipe – so amazing to have an option for my son who has multiple allergies and a healing gut, thank you!! Just have to share – don’t use Trader Joe’s canned coconut milk for the icing….Does not froth up like the Whole Foods brand I previously used.

    • amandapaa

      I’m thrilled that your little one can enjoy a treat even though he’s going through a tough time. I like to use Natural Value organic coconut milk, or Native Forest “Simple”, which neither have gums added.

  29. psawyer

    An Excellent recipe. It handled many substitutions . Here’s my list of substitutions:

    no tigernut flour so I substituted sorghum
    ran out of coconut flour this weekend, but I had chestnut in the freezer and used it
    no applesauce, but I had apples – threw 2 into the microwave and then in the cuisenart
    not enough maple syrup – only used half the amount – not missing it.
    no golden raisins, but I had turkish figs which I cut up to raisin size

    Still turned out great! This is a great basic cake recipe!

    Thank you!

  30. Jen

    Hi can I substitute the maple syrup with more Apple sauce and add stevia for sweetener. I can’t do honey or maple syrup right now.

    • amandapaa

      Hi Jen! You will need a liquid sweetener, that can’t be fully replaced by applesauce. Sorry. :( Hope you are able to enjoy maple syrup or honey sometime in the near future! xo

  31. gwen

    How important is the apple sauce? I’m allergic to apples (and pears) and would like to make this for my husband’s birthday.
    Thank you.

    • amandapaa

      Bananas would be an equal replacement!

      • gwen

        Awesome! Thanks.

  32. Kim

    Fantastic! I made this for easter and it was a real hit. I’m on the AIP, but now tolerate cashews so I made a cashew cream cheese frosting that made this seem like it was totally the real deal. The boyfriend loved it too. Will be making this one again!

    • amandapaa

      Gosh Kim, that cashew cream cheese frosting sounds amazing, I must try. So glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for letting me know your joy!

    • Sara

      would love to know more about the cashew cream cheese frosting!

  33. Teri

    Going to try this with green banana flour in the place of tigernut which is just to expensive for me….but it looks great!

    • amandapaa

      Okay, I’ve never tested in that way Teri, but let me know if it works!

  34. Raphaele

    This cake si delicious, thank you! I have been on the AIP for a couple of weeks and this has come as a welcome treat! I haven’t done the frosting because I am not a frosting person, but the cake is indeed very good.

    • amandapaa

      So glad you like the recipe! I like it for breakfast without the frosting as well. :)

  35. Michelle Catt

    I just made this about 2 weeks into AIP. I know very well I should try to avoid the sweets and cakes but when you first eliminate, you search in vain for something that will satisfy the cravings. THIS was better than any cheat! Thank you so much for this recipe. I still consider myself fully complaint and very satisfied! My two boys also love it!!

  36. Stephanie

    I’m going to make this for my son’s first birthday! Is it best made the day of or could I make it the night before? Thanks!

    • amandapaa

      You could make it the night before, just store at room temperature, covered. Then frost when ready to serve. Enjoy!

  37. Sheri

    This recipe sounds amazing. Unfortunately, I seem to be having a reaction to apples. I wonder if anything else could be substituted – pumpkin puree maybe?

    • amandapaa

      Hi Sheri! Pumpkin puree should also work. I would just add one more tablespoon lemon juice, as you’ll be missing some of the acid from the apples.

  38. greta hopkins

    I have tried other AIP desserts and they dont seem to come out tasting to good, but this one was awesome. Thankyou so much

    • Amanda Paa

      so glad you enjoyed it greta! xo

  39. Donna

    Is it possible to use another gluten free flour (not almond either as there is a total nut & sunflower seed allergy here). I’m having trouble sourcing tigernut flour in Australia where I live. Would Besan flour work or just plain GF flour work? (I understand this may not make it Paleo, but I am looking for cakes that work for the allergies … eggs, nuts, gluten & soy in our family). Thanks, Donna

    • Amanda Paa

      Hello! I think another gluten-free flour of choice like millet or sorghum would work well in place of the tigernut, but I have not tested it this way. Anything that isn’t super starchy would be a good choice.

  40. Cara

    This looks amazing Amanda! Can’t wait to try it. I’m intolerant to maple syrup though…would you be able to suggest a substitution for it here?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Cara! You could use honey (at the runny stage) in place of the maple syrup.

  41. Jbo

    Not sure if this has been pointed out yet but the link for instructions on how to make the gelatin eggs isn’t working. I’m really excited to try this recipe but without the instructions I’m scared to try it. I tried making muffins from another site and I replaced the eggs with gelatin eggs and it didn’t turn out :( I didn’t use the Great Lakes brand, is it better than the stuff you get from the health food store? I’m going to order some today. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to try this carrot cake!!!

  42. HW

    Is arrowroot starch different from arrowroot powder?

    • Amanda Paa

      No, they are the same thing. Happy baking!

  43. Malia

    I made this tonight and it was amazing. So happy to have found your blog!

    I have tried several Tigernut recipes but this time I sifted all the dry ingredients and it made the cake WAY less grainy/crunchy!!! My husband and I both love it so much!

    • Amanda Paa

      Oh, YAY! So glad you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. And great idea to sift when using Tigernut flour.

  44. Jenny

    Oh, sounds devine! I’m so glad you don’t have to use dates! I don’t do well on dates. I am strict AIP and I really want to make this cake! Question.. Can I use the orange canister of great Lakes gelatin? That is porcine gelatin. But I think you said you had to use the red can? I am highly allergic to beef, so I have to use the pork kind! Oh please tell me I can still make this!

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Jenny! Yes, the orange canister (porcine) will work. The reason why I don’t use that is because the pork is not grass-fed, but the beef is. I would not worry about that in your situation though, as you do the best with what you can. Enjoy!

      • Jenny

        Wonderful! Thank you!

  45. viviana

    Is there any substitute for Tigernut Flour? Where I live (Middle East) they don’t sell it :(

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Viviana! Another reader has used chestnut flour to replace the tigernut flour. Another option would be almond flour. Hope that helps!

  46. Menesia

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    The best gluten free cake I have ever had. Couldn’t get tigernut flour. Substituted with chestnut flour and it worked really well. Very moist and soft; tastes great. Can’t wait to share it after dinner with my family.
    Thank you for recipe


    • Amanda Paa

      Menesia, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! And wonderful to know that chestnut flour works as well. Sometimes we just need to use what’s in our pantry! Thanks for sharing your success.

  47. Menesia

    The best gluten free cake I have ever had. Couldn’t get tigernut flower. Substituted with chestnut flour and it worked really well. Very moist and soft; taste great. Can’t wait to share it after dinner with my family.
    Thank you for recipe

  48. Nicole S.

    Just made this and WOW. Perfect cake crumb and texture, great flavor. Just superb!

    • Amanda Paa

      So glad you enjoyed it Nicole! And thanks for sharing your success, nothing makes me happier than knowing someone else was happy in the kitchen :)

  49. Alison @ Food by Mars

    This looks AMAZING. I just got my hands on this flour last weekend and have all sorts of plans for it, I’m obsessed with the snacks and horchata they make. This will be on my list to try!!

    • Amanda Paa

      Isn’t the horchata delicious?! I loved the coffee flavor. So fun to have cool new products like tigernuts.

  50. Alexa []

    Oh YUM! I love me a good carrot cake, and I love that you chose to make a coconut frosting! I can’t wait to give this a try! Pinned!

    • Amanda Paa

      yes, definitely a fan of the coconut milk frosting too!

  51. Jessie

    Could these be made into cupcakes?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Jessie! Yes, these could be made into cupcakes. Grease the inside of muffin tins with a good amount of coconut oil, then fill 2/3 way full. The baking time will be a little less, so I would maybe test bake one cupcake before doing them all to get a good idea of the time. Enjoy!

  52. Diana

    The recipe and resulting cake were perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

    We did the calculations and a 1/16th piece is about 225 calories. It’s only my husband and me in the house now so I’m wondering how long you think the cake is “good” in the fridge and if you think leftovers could be frozen .

    Again, thank you!

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Diana! So fabulous that your family liked it. If you frosted the cake, I wouldn’t freeze it, but it should stay good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Thanks for sharing your joy!

  53. Ally @ Our Four Forks

    Amanda, this cake looks amazing! I’m not following the AIP, but I try to avoid gluten, eggs and too many nuts so this is a dream come true. There aren’t many gluten free baked goods out there that don’t use a ton of almond flour and eggs. Just bought some Tigernut flour to try this out, can’t wait! xo

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Ally! Isn’t it so great that there are more nut-free, grain-free flours coming out? Makes life a lot easier. I just had a person tag me on Instagram who had made it and the loved it, so hoping you do too :) The biggest thing I’ve noticed is the baking time can really differ depending on altitude and your oven. It will probably need to bake longer as in the increments that I listed, but I just wanted to be sure it didn’t turn out stiff and dense for people. The toothpick test is always the best! xo

  54. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    I’ve only RECENTLY heard of tigernut flour and have been dying to try it ever since! I’m so glad you shared a recipe using it – I’ve got to pick some up soon! This cake looks so delicious, Amanda! Can I have a slice?

  55. jillian

    This looks great and I have been wanting to try gelatin eggs. Being allergic to eggs and gluten I am always trying for the best baking results. I am interested in the tigernut flour, until we find some what is a good sub? We have almond flour, hazelnut, cassava, oat, millet, etc. thanks for this!

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Jillian! The gelatin eggs are a really nice substitution. Just remember that you’ll have to work fast once you stir them in. Although I have not tested the recipe with the flours you have at home, if I were to guess which it would turn out best with I would say almond flour. You’ll need to measure it to the exact weight of what I used, not the cup measurement. I can’t guarantee that it will turn out since I’ve never made it that way, but let me know if you do try it!

  56. Emily

    I’m so excited to have found this recipe! I’ve been on AIP for only a week and a half, but my birthday is in 2weeks and it will be nice to have an option to celebrate with. Thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda Paa

      Wonderful Emily! We loved it. And I hope you’re AIP transition is going well. It can be difficult, but know that the road to healing is a journey.

  57. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix

    Hi! This recipe was a reader favorite and is featured at this week’s Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable. Thanks for linking up!

    • Amanda Paa

      Oh great Eileen, that’s so fun to hear! I always enjoy all the inspiration that comes from your roundups and the wonderful community. Thank you!

  58. Christina C.

    Thanks for doing all the work to make this recipe work. Our 4 yr. old daughter is on AIP and we’re always looking for ways to help her through her healing while letting her enjoy life’s simple eating pleasures. Her Daddy’s birthday is coming up and we wanted to share a cake together. This might be our winner!

  59. Tasha

    Hi there! Your cake looks gorgeous! I just tried making cookies with tigernut flour today and thought that the texture was sort of gritty, but in a chewy sort of way. Is the texture of your cake also on the gritty/mealy side?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Tasha! I tested this recipe a lot because you’re right, tigernut does have a coarser texture than other flours. The blend I use in this recipe makes it soft and moist, and I’ve had other followers make it and have a great experience. Hope that helps!

  60. Newton21

    Thanks for the great recipe! I made it this weekend. It actually has a moist crumb, although is maybe a little on the soft side (even after an extra 10 minutes or so). I would also add a bit of salt and I think you can also up the cinnamon if you like a really spicey cake. The tigernut flour has a crunchy/sandy feeling at times- I wonder if they make peeled tigernut flour? Anyway, this is one of the first AIP baked goods that I would actually make again. Nice treat.

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Anna! I’m so glad you enjoyed. I was so happy when I finally figured out the recipe because I had been missing a treat too. I did have salt in the recipe, but it may have just gotten missed. As for the tigernut flour, I also wish I could find one that was peeled, like blanched almond flour is, but I think that would be really difficult as the skin on tigernuts is bumpy and irregular. That’s why I ended up going with a higher proportion of tapioca/arrowroot so it would blend in better, yet work with the chemistry of the cake. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Newton21

        Thanks Amanda! It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve forgotten/missed the salt in the list of ingredients, oops! I also read that the peeled tigernuts you can find have been bathed in some chemical bath to remove the skin, so maybe the gritty feeling is all the better for us!

  61. Kate

    This looks soooo tasty Amanda, perfect for Easter!
    Happy weekend x

    • Amanda Paa

      Thank you Kate! Hope your family had a great Easter, and happy spring :) xo

  62. Sylvie

    I’m so excited to make this, it’s my birthday and was looking for a cake to be able to eat. My only question is I really can’t digest Tigetnuts and it’s so frustrating. Do you think I can use Cassava flour instead? You have amazing recipes and appreciate all your hard work. THANKS!

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Sylvie! Sorry you have trouble with Tigernuts. It can be such a process to test what our bodies are okay with.

      I have not tested the recipe with cassava flour so I’m not sure it it will work. They may have different absorbency when mixed with liquid so it would be an experiment. If you do try it, let me know the results. Thank you for stopping by! xo

  63. Sunny@andloveittoo

    This looks delicious! Carrot cake is my favorite.

  64. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    This is gorgeous in every possible way. Would you believe I’ve never heard of tigernut until now? I learned something new today. I’m a big fan of carrot cake, but I’m steering clear of grains/sugars so this beautiful treat is right up my alley. And girl, all that recipe testing! I appreciate you getting it perfect. Genius use of gelatin here!

    • Amanda Paa

      Tigernut flour is pretty new to me too, I hadn’t heard of it until starting AIP. It’s crazy how many new grain-free flours are starting to come out – and I’m so thankful. Appreciate you stopping by! xo

  65. Nadine

    It looks delicious! I definitely have to try it.
    Are the carrots cooked before folding into the rest of the ingredients? Do you just grate the carrots or blend them?
    Thank you in advance :)

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Nadine! Sorry I didn’t clarify that, I’ve update the recipe, but yes – grated raw carrots. Hope you enjoy!

  66. Rachel Edington

    This is the first I have heard of tigernut flour. The cake looks great, however, I am especially inclined to try your version of whipped Coconut frosting. Perfect combo with carrot cake and so many others.

  67. Charlotte

    AMAZING! I love you for this because I am not a baker. I am so happy you are. I am going to see if I can whip these together for Sunday because CARROT CAKE IS MY FAVORITE DESSERT!!!!!

    • Amanda Paa

      oh yay – dessert happiness! let me know if you do make them, as much as i worked to get the recipe right, i’m hopeful that it turns out just as amazing in someone else’s kitchen. xo

  68. Nicky Moore

    HI Amanda,

    I tried clicking on both the Organic Gemini entry by visiting their FB page as well as your and I “liked” both of them and yet it won’t count points toward it for my entries. Do you know why that is happening?

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Nicky! Once you’ve done that you’ll need to come back to those line items in the raffle copter and hit the little button in the bottom right hand corner that says “I Visited”. It can be easy to miss. Thanks!

      • Nicky Moore

        Yes I did that and it still won’t apply the points.

  69. Michelle ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

    I’m in awe of what you are discovering through this journey! You must feel like you are in a food chemistry class! It was so interesting to read how you are finding these different substitutions work together. So thankful you persevered to the end with this one – it looks delicious!

  70. Tessa | Salted Plains

    Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious. I am so intrigued about tigernut flour now, I have never used it. Great work. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Amanda Paa

      The tigernut itself is such an interesting little vegetable! They look kind of like brown shriveled peas, but a little bigger. The flour kind of reminds of the natural sweetness in oat flour. The horchata is soooo good too, and they even have strawberry, banana chai flavors. And they’re just sweetened with a little date puree. xo!

  71. Alanna

    Wizardry! What a handsome cake, and I loved reading about how you created it. And I’ve been curious about tigernut flour, I’ll have to try some out. Serious kudos my friend!!

    • Amanda Paa

      i will bring some tigernut flour along when i come and visit! it’s similar to oat in taste, but millet in how it works in baking. not too absorbent which is helpful. thank you for the kind words too! nothing like your wizardy :)

  72. Steph @ Steph in Thyme

    What a baking challenge! Good for you for sticking with it, despite all the frustrations. I’m so excited to try this cake because I know it was an especially laborious labor of love. I hope the new protocol works well for you, I’ll be following our journey and wish you all the best. XOX.

    • Amanda Paa

      Thanks for stopping by Steph! It’s kind of fun to have a challenge, and the end result paid off. I am feeling pretty good lately, so that helps my daily energy a lot. XO!

  73. Amanda

    Oh my goodness!!!!! So amazing! I have all the ingredients except the raisins. I have not made and aip cake yet. Definitely making this soon!! Ill let u know when I do. Thank you for figuring it out!!! Yay

    • Amanda Paa

      Yes, please let me know how it goes! The baking time tends to vary, so that’s what I suggest the toothpick test. I hope you love it! xo

  74. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Wowowoow! My goodness, this was made for me in every way!

    • Amanda Paa

      Happy Spring Rebecca!

  75. Audrey @ Unconventional Baker

    Now, tigernuts are an ingredient I have yet to play around with. I keep meaning to, they grab my attention at the store every time I’m there, and even just yesterday I received an email from my mother-in-law asking if I’ve got any tigernut recipes. I think all this can only mean one thing ;)

    The cake looks amazing — well worth all the effort! ♥

  76. jaime : the briny

    I’ve been waiting to see the results of your baking experiments! This sounds perfect… and to echo Melissa, yep, you’re a wizard. Love.

  77. sharon

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this recipe! It looks and sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it. I still am struggling with gut issues. Thank you for what you do for all of us!

  78. Melissa

    You’re a wizard, Harry. (I hope you read Harry Potter.) The crumb on that cake looks perfect.

    • Amanda Paa

      I do not read Harry Potter, but maybe I should start :) I’m just a little baking gnome who likes to make mistakes! xo

  79. Laurie @ Relishing It

    Looks amazing, Amanda– as per usual! :)

    • Amanda Paa

      thanks friend! happy spring break week, xo

  80. Alicia

    Beautiful! What a perfect addition to the Easter table. Thank you for your persistence, I’m looking very forward to making this.

    • Amanda Paa

      Of course Alicia, it actually is super gratifying and fun for me to get things like this cake right. My biggest passion is helping others who struggle with autoimmune conditions like AIP with delicious food. We all deserve a treat! xo

  81. Raia

    This sounds SO delicious! :) I’m quite a sucker for carrot cake. ;)

    • Amanda Paa

      Carrot cake just can’t be beat, right?!