Like I mentioned before, my little one’s first birthday is fast approaching. I’ve been up early multi-tasking like a mad person every morning. I kid you not, I had no idea I can do so many projects at one time! We had a one year photo shoot on Friday so I was up early Friday morning trying to finish everything last minute – I thought I was going to have a melt down. Oddly though, every single thing I did in my panicked rush turned out perfect, from my Maritime Flag Birthday Banner backdrop, to the Allergen Free Birthday Cake and Natural Blue Food Coloring – I really couldn’t believe it. Check out the blog in about a week for posts on how you can make your own nautical decor and food coloring. For now, here’s a really delicious gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, corn free, egg free Carrot-Zucchini Spice Cake recipe. This recipe is modified from Nomyumfree.com’s Harvest Cake recipe (which she also used for her little one’s first birthday!) You can check out her post here.
This cake is great at this time of year because zucchini and carrots are in full swing at the farmers markets. The spices in the cake make the house smell AMAZING and are reminiscent of fall (which is quickly approaching). My non-gluten free photographer took a bite of the cake and thought it tasted kind of like zucchini bread. I think that’s a valid thought. I would consider this more like a quick bread shaped into a cake than a cake 🙂 – that’s more my style anyways and still delicious! Because of this, it was a little more dense than a regular cake which made it way easier for me to cut and make into a cute looking cake! Purchases made via some links in this post help to support my blog. If you haven’t read my policy check it out here
Organic, Allergen Free, Low Sugar, Carrot, Zucchini Spice Cake
One thing I would note about this cake. Make it the day of (or possibly the night before) so it stays fresh (or make and freeze). This cake isn’t super counter stable 🙂
1 1/2 cups organic zucchini, shredded (moisture removed)
1 cup organic carrots, shredded (moisture removed)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
6 tbsp water
3 cups gluten free flour (I used my flour blend – found here – and substituted the corn starch for potato starch)
2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp organic ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp organic ground cloves
1/2 tsp organic ground all spice
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 cup unsweetened, organic applesauce
Other things you’ll need:
Shred your zucchini and carrots. Place the shredded veggies between a few paper towel and squeeze to remove the moisture, repeat 2-3 times. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray your cake pans with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix chia seeds with water and let set until thickened (about 2 minutes). In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and all spice. Add canola oil to the chia seed mixture and beat with an electric mixer for about 1 minute. Add sugar and continue to beat on low. Fold in carrots and zucchini.
Add half of the flour mixture to your chia seed mixture, beating just to combine. Add half of the applesauce to the mixture, beat to combine. Repeat. **Don’t be surprised if the dough seems pretty thick, it is!** Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into each of the prepared cake pans and use a spatula to smooth (be sure to make the really flat, it’ll help later)! Bake on 350 degrees for 20 -22 minutes (DO NOT OVERBAKE!)
Frost with your favorite allergen free frosting! I personally LOVE a nice butter cream! Although we’re dairy free we can have butter (because we’re technically whey free). I’ll post more on that later!
All of my recipes are gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and nut free, meaning that they are peanut free, cashew free, tree nut free, walnut free, pecan free, and almond free. They are also free of a lot of other grains and legumes because I’m intolerant to them, along with gluten. My recipes are amaranth free, barley free, chick pea free, buckwheat free, fava bean free, flax free, garbanzo free, oat free, rye free, sorghum free, spelt free, and teff free. If there are easy substitutions to make the recipe egg free I try to include them. My recipes are dairy free – I personally am intolerant to whey and therefore can eat butter. Mostrecipes can be made completely dairy free with a butter substitute. Feel free to leave any changes you’ve made in the comments for others to see!