Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

gluten free carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing

I made these cupcakes last weekend for my dad's birthday. It's actually December 24th, but we like to celebrate it on November 24th to give some separation from Christmas. We like to refer to it as his "un-birthday" (-Alice in Wonderland) Carrot cake is his favourite and he hasn't had much since he's been gluten free. The cupcake part is delicious, but nothing can compete with cream cheese icing... mmmm.

Something tells me it's your unbirthday too!

makes 18 cupcakes

2 cups my GF light flour blend recipe
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 tsp guar gum
2/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups shredded carrots
½ cup crushed pineapple with juice
¼ cup of coconut

1 package cream cheese at room temp
1/4 cup butter or margarine at room temp
1 1/2 cups icing sugar (more if you need it)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Peel and grate carrots.
Mix together wet (oil, eggs, vanilla, carrots, pineapple and coconut) and dry ingredients in separate bowls.
Stir all ingredients together until no lumps remain.
Pour into cupcake papers.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool completely on rack.


In an electric mixer, beat together margarine and cream cheese until smooth.
Add vanilla and beat.
Add icing sugar, 1/3-1/2 cup at a time, beating for 1 minute in between additions.
Spread icing with a knife or put in plastic bags or decorating bags to apply. (make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before icing)

before baking
just out of the oven
let cool completely
cream cheese icing
makes 18
Freeze any leftovers in plastic containers and let thaw at room temperature before eating.


  1. Can I use xanthum gum instead of guar gum?

    1. Yes, you can definitely use xanthan gum. About 3/4 tsp xanthan gum is similar to 1 tsp guar gum, but you can use the whole tsp of xanthan gum and it will work fine too.

  2. Great... thanks for responding. We are only 2 weeks into our gluten-free journey with our 7 year old. So far she's been a trooper! Noticed that you are from SK. I'm SK born, living in Ohio but heading back to southeastern SK for Christmas! I'll be checking back for some more great recipes! And have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. No problem :)
      That's cool you are from SK too. Cold winters but a great place to live. Merry Christmas!
      And good luck with going gluten free. It can be hard at first but it gets better with time. I was 12 when I first started and the term gluten free wasn't well known. Now there are great resources and options for gluten free food and I'm sure it will only continue to improve! If you have any questions feel free to email (check in "about" section) or leave a comment.

  3. I just want to say THANK YOU for sharing this great recipe :)