Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares With Creamy Vanilla Frosting

My teenager laughed when I told her I was bringing some of these gluten-free carrot cake squares with creamy vanilla frosting to our neighbor’s house. She was like, “Do they know what kind of weird food you eat?”

Oh, teens. Gotta love their honesty.

For the record, my neighbor’s daughter came over to return the container that originally held the gluten-free carrot cake squares, and she told me they were really good. Remembering my daughter’s comment earlier, I suspiciously asked, “Really? Or did your dad make you say that?”

She laughed and assured me that the carrot cake squares were actually good. The next day, her dad jokingly said, “I know you didn’t make that cake!” before telling me I should make more.

You know a gluten-free dessert recipe is good when wheat lovers praise it, so I’m officially declaring this recipe for gluten-free carrot cake squares with creamy vanilla frosting a keeper.

With that being said…

This is the kind of recipe where nobody can decide if it’s a cake or a bread (my applesauce cake is the same way). My neighbors and my toddlers refer to it as cake. My teenager says it’s a bread with frosting. I think it’s somewhere in the middle, so I just call refer to each slice as a carrot cake square.

Problem solved.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Combine grated carrots, chopped pineapple, and shredded coconut in a bowl. Feel free to grab a spoon and eat some of it. I do.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

Add applesauce, vanilla, and beaten eggs, followed by the remaining cake ingredients.

Stir well.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking pan.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

If you don’t want the top to look all swirly like mine does, even it out with a spatula before you bake it.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If desired, make a batch of creamy vanilla frosting while your gluten-free carrot cake squares bake. Sometimes I eat mine plain.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

I forgot to take pics of the frosting as I made it, but I’ll update this recipe next time I make it.

Wait for the carrot cake squares to cool before you add frosting. I never wait, so mine always gets kind of drippy.

Top with freshly grated carrot and shredded coconut, if desired. I feel like it balances out the sweetness of the frosting. It also adds color to the carrot cake squares and hides the fact that I can’t frost evenly.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

See, my frosting is already melting down the sides because I lack the patience to wait until my carrot cake squares have cooled down.

gluten-free carrot cake squares with vanilla frosting

These gluten-free carrot cake squares with creamy vanilla frosting freeze well. I’m laughing as I type this because they rarely last long enough to make it to our freezer.

Ready to make your own carrot cake dessert?

Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe for gluten-free carrot cake squares with creamy vanilla frosting:

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares With Creamy Vanilla Frosting
Print Recipe
Creamy vanilla frosting enhances the delectable combination of carrots, coconut, and pineapple in this gluten-free dessert.
Servings Prep Time
12 to 16 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 to 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 to 16 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 to 25 minutes
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares With Creamy Vanilla Frosting
Print Recipe
Creamy vanilla frosting enhances the delectable combination of carrots, coconut, and pineapple in this gluten-free dessert.
Servings Prep Time
12 to 16 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 to 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 to 16 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 to 25 minutes
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares
Creamy Vanilla Frosting
Servings: squares
Instructions
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine carrots, coconut, and pineapple in a large bowl. Mix to combine, then add applesauce, vanilla extract, and beaten eggs.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the batter and stir well. Pour batter into the 9 x 13 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let carrot cake squares cool for at least 1 hour before frosting.
Creamy Vanilla Frosting
  1. Combine ingredients, saving almond milk for last. Mix until smooth and creamy. Use a hand mixer or Magic Bullet, if possible.
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5 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Squares With Creamy Vanilla Frosting

  • September 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm
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    That looks so yummy! Why, oh why, do I have to be allergic to coconut?!

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  • April 14, 2017 at 10:01 am
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    Love the discription from your daughter! I get the same from my family if they see a recipy is ‘free’… I’m trying a lot of low carb lately!

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    • April 14, 2017 at 10:14 am
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      Ha, I’m glad my daughter isn’t the only one! Thanks for stopping by, Cheryll!

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  • April 14, 2017 at 11:51 am
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    Have you tried the frosting with dairy free butter? Just wondering…this would be a perfect dessert for Paige, even if I leave the frosting off.

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    • April 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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      I haven’t used dairy-free butter for frosting yet, but I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread in some cookies the other day. I fed them to my kids’ friends, and nobody noticed they didn’t have real butter lol.

      When I make frosting without milk or butter, I usually just use a combination of coconut cream, coconut butter, and coconut milk. Sometimes I do a glaze instead of a frosting by combining almond milk or coconut milk with sugar.

      We also buy a dairy-free frosting from Miss Jones. We usually use the vanilla one because it’s the easiest to find (Target and Fresh Thyme carry it).

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