Kid approved super easy gluten-free carrot cake 

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My kids have a sweet tooth, what can I say they get that from me 😊 When they first were given carrot cake and they heard the word “carrot” they refused to try it. Once they finally tried it, they were hooked! We have been gluten free for almost 4 years and I have yet to find a carrot cake that is beyond amazing and like I remember…..until now! Thanks to Pamela’s I have found a super easy recipe that tastes uber scrumpious.

3 eggs beaten

1/2 cup oil (I prefer coconut or avocado)

2/3 cup water

1 bag of Pamela’s vanilla cake mix

1 tsp baking soda 

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups grated carrot

Start by preheating the oven to 325 F.

Miss K  first started by grating the carrots since Mr. H had gone to the store for the baking soda I had forgotten.

By this time, Mr. H and Tobias had come home.  Mr. H beat the eggs then added water and oil and mixed the batter.

Then he sifted the Pamela’s vanilla cake mix, baking soda and cinnamon. Then we mixed it until blended

Then Mr. H added the carrots. And Mr. H and Miss K took turns mixing it.

That’s it! I only had a 8×8 pan so I poured in the batter and let the kids lick the bowl.

Luckily they used their fingers instead of their tongues, which they have been known to do. While they did that, the cake baked for 46 minutes (or until the toothpick comes out almost clean.) Once it’s out, let it cool before you add frosting.


4oz of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Start off by making sure your cream cheese and butter are at room temperature. But if you are like me, you have forgotten this step so to the microwave they went until they were soft. I sifted in the powdered sugar, this is important as I think it makes a fluffier tasting frosting.

Then I added the butter and cream cheese to the sugar.

Now Mr. H and Miss. K thought the magic school bus on tv was more exciting than making frosting and Mr. A fell asleep while I was holding him so I do not have any pictures after this point. But mix until smooth. Then add in the vanilla. If you want a mild vanilla flavor then add just 1 tsp but if you want a stronger vanilla flavor then do 2 tsp.

Once the cake is cool, add the frosting (you can double the frosting recipe if you like tons of frosting).  Then eat up! I will have to hide this cake to keep my husband and kids from eating it all.

What would I do different?
I would have split the batter into two 8×8 pans and made a two layer cake with cream cheese in the middle as I think it would have tasted a bit better.  Or I would have done cupcakes.  Note the cooking times will be vary depending on what you decide to do, what I did was about a 2-2.5″ cake so it needed longer to bake.

Disclosure: I originally found this recipe on the Pamela’s website. I just omitted a few items.



  1. This looks delicious!! I love that your kids help you! My daughter loves to cook and bake, we will defiantly have to add this to the list of recipes to try!

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      I am so glad your daughter loves to cook. I hope she has much fun as mine did.

  2. It looks like your kids were super helpful and your cake looks delicious! I love finding other ways to used boxed cake mixes, I do similar things with the sugar free ones. I was wondering if you knew if Pamela’s cake mix is only sold online?

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      I do not know where you are located but I have found them in stores around the Seattle area. I find them at Whole Foods, QFC and Fred Meyer. You can also go to the Pamela’s website and search for products in your area. Here is the website

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. Amy Velazquez Reply

    This recipe looks delicious!!! I have a gluten allergy, so any time I make a dessert or dish for the whole family to share, it has to be gluten free. I do have a question. I’ve never used Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix and typically use gluten free flour or flour mix for baking. Have you tried this recipe with other types of gluten free flours? If so, does it come out ok?

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      I have not mastered gluten free cooking unless it is from a mix. The only flours I have tried have been Bob’s but I was not a fan of the heavy bean taste. What I like about the Pamela’s mix is it does not taste gluten free. My husband is not 100% gluten free and he has loved everything I have made with the Pamela’s brand. What brand of gluten free flour do you use?

  4. Love it !! Anything that says cake draws my full attention !! Lol!! I’m trying this recipe soon!! I love the way that you illustrated the recipe!

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      Yea, cake and me love each other too much. Let me know how it goes when you make it.

  5. Wow this looks amazing! While i don’t strictly way gluten free, I do like to choose healthier recipes. I can’t wait to try this one, thank you for sharing!

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      This one does not even taste gluten free, it is amazing. Thank you for reading.

  6. How yummy! I love easy recipes and especially ones that are kid friendly! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      Me too. Anything that is kid-friendly has my full attention as well. Thank you for reading.

  7. Yummy! That looks so good! This is perfect for our whole family. Kid approved, gluten free (for me…and them too really), and carrot cake is my husband favorite. The pictures are so good too for a great post. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      You are most welcome. Your husband will never guess it’s gluten free 🙂

  8. Oh, how I love a great carrot cake recipe! And a healthy gluten free one is even better. Love your photos by the way, amazing.

    • Sparkle Glittered Chaos Reply

      Thank you so much for the compliment. And carrot cake is one of my all time favorites. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  9. It is so cute when kids help with cooking/baking. It makes the final product so rewarding. Carrot cake is favorite. Saving this for later.

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