low FODMAP carrot cake

Low FODMAP carrot cake (gluten-free)

Carrot cake is one of my favourite cakes ever. The combination of soft airy cake with a fresh creamy cheese frosting is amazing. And the best thing is that you can make a gluten-free and low FODMAP carrot cake without anybody noticing that it is gluten-free and low FODMAP. 

I made this carrot cake for the first time in 2014. It was one of the very first recipes that I published on my blog. The fourth recipe to be exact. Since that time, I have published over 400 more recipes, so I found it time for an update. The recipe for this cake was fine, but the quality of the pictures really annoyed me, haha. So I decided to make the cake again!

This was the old carrot cake: 

Carrot cake - Karlijnskitchen.com

And this is the new one: 

low fodmap carrot cake

The old recipe consisted of one layer of cake with a layer of frosting on top. For the new recipe I made three layers of cake with cream cheese frosting in between and around it. I find layer cakes always super festive and they are perfect to serve on a party. They give just that little bit extra than a one layer cake. I took this cake to my dads 60th birthday and it was devoured in no time! 

Tools for the low FODMAP carrot cake

I used the following tools to make this cake: 

  • straight spatula. I use this spatula for applying the frosting to the cake.
  • bench scraper. You use the bench scraper to smooth out the frosting on the sides of the cake.
  • A 7-inch baking tin. You make three layers of cake in this recipe, so if you have three 7-inch baking tins that is handy. I only had two, so I baked the layers one at a time in the oven. That also worked fine.

If you are looking for a simple carrot cake loaf cake, then take a look at my low FODMAP loaf cake carrot cake recipe

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low FODMAP carrot cake

Low FODMAP carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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  • Author: Karlijn
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Servings: 10 1x


Low FODMAP carrot cake with a lovely cream cheese frosting. Nobody will know that it is lactose-free, gluten-free and low FODMAP!



For the cake

  • 230 g sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 230 g light brown sugar
  • 200 g grated carrot
  • 230 g gluten-free flour (I use Schär mix C)
  • 13 g baking powder
  • 1 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • A pinch of salt
  • A 7-inch baking tin

For the frosting

  • 300 g lactose-free cream cheese
  • 200 g icin sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • Chopped walnuts for decoration


For the cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F). Line the baking tin with baking parchment.
  2. Grate the carrot. Put aside.
  3. Put sunflower oil, eggs and vanilla extract together in a bowl and whisk together with a whisk.
  4. Add sugar and whisk this into the mixture.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger and stir everything together with the whisk. Finally stir in the carrot.
  6. To get 3 layers of the same size, I always weigh my batter and divide it by three. I baked the cake layers one by one in the oven.
  7. Bake the cake layers in the oven for 25 minutes. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean. Keep an eye on the cake during the last minutes of baking. The time that the cake needs can differ per oven, so the cake might be done a few minutes later or earlier in your oven.

For the frosting

  1. Mix the butter creamy with a mixer.
  2. Add the cream cheese and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the icing sugar little by little until everything is incorporated. Then mix on high speed for a few minutes until you have a creamy frosting.

Building the cake 

  1. Take one cake layer. I usually put it on the cake stand that I want to serve it on immediately. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the cake layer and put the second layer on top. Spread a layer of frosting over this layer too and cover with the third layer of cake.
  2. Use your spatula to spread a thin layer of frosting over the top and sides of the cake. The crumb coating. Put the cake in the fridge for 15 minutes, so the crumb coating can set.
  3. Take the cake from the fridge and spread the rest of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Use the bench scraper to smoothen the sides of the cake.
  4. I decorated the cake by putting some extra frosting on top. On top of this I crumbled chopped walnuts.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min


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  • Filippa says:

    Hi, i was wondering how this recipe keeps in the fridge? It looks sooo good!! And i wanna make it for my birthday but i have to make it the day before, is that alright?

  • Molly says:

    I made this recipe today – thank you so much! The carrot cake is so delicious and moist, really easy to make too! I managed to get a lovely finish with the cream cheese frosting. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Nadia says:

    Made this as a birthday cake for my sister who is currently on the Fodmap diet and it turned out amazing!

  • Jan says:

    I made this cake for my sons birthday. It was really good. I will definitely make this cake again. It was a little tricky changing the ingredients from grams to cups. In Canada we use tbsp and tsp and cups!

    • Karlijn says:

      I understand! I have the same issue when I want to make American or Canadian recipes 😉 I try to add cup measurements to my new recipes now

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