Flourless carrot, almond & coconut cake with chocolate

It was snowing in England today. We don’t normally get much snow in the South of England, at least we haven’t had for the past 5 years. That’s why it was such a novelty and so much fun for the children. We were all quite excited really, children and adults alike and when the kids came back from school we went sledging and we build a snowman in the nearby park. Afterwards we came home to a fabulous rich cake which I baked this morning; I had it with my beloved cup of tea. After 19 years in the UK I have become a tea addict, therefore not just a coffee addict! I am hooked on tea.. English tea is very good and it has a soothing effect. If you ever visit England you must try it.

To make this cake I used up all the carrots I had in the fridge and I added coconut flakes and almond meal. A cake with no flour therefore gluten free and with a topping of rich and dark chocolate. Yes it was divine and quite filling too.

This is a delicate cake, so be gentle when you remove it from the mold. The eggs will help to bind the ingredients together.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes
  • Yield : 8


  • carrots – 300 g – 2 cups
  • almond meal – 150 g – 1 + 1/4 cup
  • baking powder – 2 tsp
  • desiccated coconut flakes – 150 g + extra to decorate – 1 + 2/3 cup
  • brown sugar – 150 g – 3/4 cup
  • eggs – 3
  • chocolate (milk of dark) – 200 g – 1 + 1/8 cup


In a processor finely grate the carrots. Put them in a bowl and add the eggs, the coconut and almond meal, the sugar, the baking powder and mix well. If the consistency feels a little dry just add a bit milk to the mixture.

carrot, coconut, almond cake

Line the bottom of a round spring form baking tin measuring approx 22 cm or 8 inch with parchment paper and grease the sides with a little oil or butter. Pour the mixture into the mold, level it well and bake at 160C or 320F  for approximately 40 minutes until nice and golden on top. Leave it in for longer if it is still very wet inside.

Let the cake cool down. Melt the chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water.

Pour the melted chocolate onto the cake and with a spatula level it well. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and let the chocolate settle before slicing it.

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Flourless carrot, coconut, almond cake with chocolate - Gluten Free

17 thoughts on “Flourless carrot, almond & coconut cake with chocolate

  1. I am sure the kids appreciated this after school snack after building snowmen and sleighing! Wonderful dessert Alida, thanks for sharing ♥


  2. It’s the same here. we don’t get much snow but it snows 2-3 times every year. I get excited the first day then when it continues to snow I don’t like to drive. Your kids’ must be so happy to eat the cake after playing with snow. It looks lovely!


    1. Thanks goodness the weather has returned to normal now. It was fun for a couple of days but then of course everything is more difficult with snow. It was lovely to see it though.


  3. Lovely, moist cake. What a joy to come home to a steaming pot of tea and a slice or two of this cake. Even more so after making the most of this very snowy weather – well it just can’t be weather alerts all the time, take care but have some fun 🙂


  4. Alida, I made this cake yesterday. It’s really easy to make. I left off the chocolate because I knew it would be sweet enough without it. I usually make a cream cheese frosting for carrot cake, but why would I want to make this cake fattening. A dusting of porwdered sugar and coconut was plenty. Everyone loved it. Thank you


  5. I think we get even less snow than you on the East of the county as the sea salt warms the air slightly, but this year I really enjoyed a few frozen days.
    This is a great-looking cake though Alida. Please send a slice over!! x


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