Lily Vanilli's amazing recipe for Gluten-free Carrot & Root Veg cake

Published Friday, Apr 18 2014, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
If you're looking for a cake to bake with a big difference this Easter, this has got to be it!

it's a much-loved classic with a twist - a gluten-free version of carrot cake, with the addition of extra root vegetables.

Lily Vanili's gluten-free carrot and root veg cake

© Lurpak

This sumptuous-looking cake (well, it had us all drooling in the office!) is the creation of master baker Lily Vanilli.

There may be no such thing as a healthy cake, but this one has to come pretty close as it's full of vegetables, seeds and other goodies. It also has a gorgeous light, moist texture and is gluten free as a bonus. Guess what we'll be baking this weekend?


  • For the cake:
  • 300g Lurpak Baking
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 500g ground hazelnuts, grated nutmeg and cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 400g peeled and grated carrots, beetroot and parsnip
  • 1 beetroot, thinly sliced and dried in a low oven (100C, 40 minutes-1 hour)
  • 90g sultanas
  • 60g sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • For the icing
  • 125 Lurpak Baking
  • 200g full fat cream cheese
  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan) gas mark 6.
2 Beat Lurpak Baking and sugar until light and airy. Beat in the eggs.
3 Fold in the ground hazelnuts, spices and coconut, then the vegetables, sultanas and seeds
4 Divide the mixture evenly between two 23cm round cake tins, greased. Bake for 30-40 minutes until risen.
5 Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6 For the icing, beat the Lurpak Baking for 2 minutes, add the cream cheese and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the icing sugar and vanilla, then beat for 2 more minutes.
7 When the cake is cool, smooth the cream cheese frosting on one cake, add the other layer, then top with more frosting.

Prep Time

40 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour 40 minutes

Nutrition Information

Makes one 23cm cake

Cook's tip: 'Try using carrots and courgettes for a lighter, more summery cake,' says Lily.

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Looking for Gluten-Free recipes? Take a look at these:
Chocolate, Nut & Cherry Fridge Cake
Homemade Treacle Tart
Easy Chocolate Pudding