VIDEO: Gluten Free And Sugar Free Carrot And Coconut Cake Recipe

Celebrity chef Eric Lanlard shares an allergy-friendly recipe for a spicy, moist and nutty cake


  • 200g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 125g toasted desiccated coconut
  • 125g pecan nuts, roasted and ground, plus 100g roasted pecan halves, to decorate
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g rice flour
  • 90g stevia granules
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 300g grated carrots splash of milk, if needed

For the frosting:

  • 600g cream cheese
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 50g stevia granules
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C, gas 3. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich cake tins and line with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients using a balloon whisk. In a jug, beat the eggs, melted butter and vanilla paste until combined, then fold in the grated carrots.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well, adding a splash of milk if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, beat all the ingredients together until creamy and fluffy. Secure one of the cooled cakes on your cake stand with a little of the frosting, then spread a good layer over the top of the cake and sandwich together with the second cake.
  6. Using a palette knife, cover the cake completely with the remaining frosting. Decorate with the pecan halves and a light dusting of cinnamon.


Recipe taken from Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard, published by Mitchell Beazley. 

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