Gluten-Free Deep Dish Carrot Cakes for Two for #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper and Dixie Crystals Sugar are celebrating the arrival of warmer, sunnier days with a wonderful collection of Springtime Sweets. And speaking of warmth and sun (and food and desserts!) we are also announcing your chance to win a ticket to the Food & Wine Conference, plus a whole lot more! Would you like moist, tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and raisins, topped with a creamy and tangy Greek yogurt cream cheese topping that makes just enough to share… but only if you want to! Then you’ll love these Gluten-Free Deep Dish Carrot Cakes for Two.

Gluten-Free Deep Dish Carrot Cakes for Two

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I think we all have certain flavors and sweet treats that we love to eat at different times of the year. In the summer, desserts often center around berries and peaches, and autumn makes us crave apples and pumpkin and warm spices. Christmastime brings visions of peppermint and eggnog, while red velvet just says Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day is often equated with Irish cream-infused sweets. Then when spring arrives, it’s lemon and strawberries.

And for me… carrot cake! I’ve been dying to make a gluten free carrot cake. One problem. Well, two, actually.

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The first is that carrot cake isn’t the most popular flavor in my house, but I am not sure I would be willing to part with it and send it off to work with The Hubby to give away to people I don’t even know. Yes, I’m selfish like that. I’d probably end up eating the entire thing. So I figured I’d make cupcakes based on this Flourless Carrot Cake from Diethood. At least then I could portion it out  a little at a time, instead of sitting down with the whole cake.

The second problem – well this recipe was clearly not amenable to baking in cupcake liners because it pulled away from the liners and sank and just looked very un-cupcake-ish. Delicious, so I am looking forward to making it in its original form, but, well, let’s just say that the remains of these cupcakes are in my freezer and and are either future parfaits or, hmmm, maybe no churn cheesecake carrot cake ice cream.

Then I thought about the Deep Dish Hot Fudge Brownies for Two and Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two that I had made, and I knew what I had to do. A little math, a little mixing (plus the addition of raisins and walnuts because I like “stuff” in my carrot cake), and voila – Gluten-Free Deep Dish Carrot Cake for Two!

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Except these were two cakes for one. ME! Yes, I ate both of them. Separated by a couple days, but still. So yummy! Moist and tender, even a few days later, and with the little pockets of sweet and crunch from the raisins and walnuts, this might just be my perfect carrot cake since I can eat the entire thing myself!

And, you know, just to make myself feel better since I knew both cakes would end up in my belly, I topped them with a luscious Greek yogurt cream cheese topping. Seriously, is it even carrot cake if it doesn’t have cream cheese frosting?

Carrots + Greek yogurt = LUNCH!  Am I right?

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Now while many flavors and ingredients are seasonal, one thing I think many of us love anytime of the year is CHOCOLATE! And when you think chocolate, don’t you think brownies? I’ve kind of been on a brownie recipe creating kick lately, so I am excited to enter the Dixie Crystals Brownie Dessert Contest 2014! Why? Well of course I’d love the bragging rights, but the prizes all include a ticket to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL on July 18-20. Check out these prizes:

 First place winner will receive:

  • $500 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
  • The dessert will be a featured dessert of the conference.
  • The recipe also may be featured on both the Dixie Crystals and Imperial Sugar websites.

Second place winner will receive:

  • $300 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
  • The dessert will be a featured dessert of the conference.

Third place winner will receive:

  • $200 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
All you have to do is create an original brownie-based dessert recipe, post it o your blog between March 30 and June 27, 2014, and share your blog post on twitter, facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram between March 30 and June 27, 2014 using the conference hashtag #fwcon. Get all the details HERE. And while you are over on the Food and WIne Conference Website, check out the amazing agenda and awesome speakers (umm, including – surprise – yours truly!). I cannot wait for this event to learn a lot and meet so many of my foodie and Sunday Supper friends, and I also hope to meet YOU!

Today’s Springtime Sweets event and the 2014 Brownie Dessert Contest are sponsors by Dixie Crystals. You can find Dixie Crystals on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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What is your favorite springtime dessert?

Gluten-Free Deep Dish Carrot Cakes for Two for #SundaySupper
 
Moist, tender flourless carrot cakes filled with walnuts and raisins and covered with a creamy and tangy Greek yogurt cream cheese topping that makes just enough to share… but only if you want to!
Author:
Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 1 egg, separated
  • a pinch of cream of tartar
  • ¼ c plus ½ Tbsp sugar, divided
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup finely grated carrot
  • ¼ cup plus 3 Tbsp almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (or pecans or optional)
For the Greek yogurt cream cheese topping:
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 oz cream cheese (I used light)
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions
For the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and place two 6-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet (just in case).
  2. In a very clean small bowl combine egg white and cream of tartar and whisk vigorously to form soft peaks.
  3. Add ½ tbsp sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  4. In another bowl, combine ¼ c sugar, egg yolk, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, and which vigorously until combined and lightened in color, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Using a spatula, fold grated carrots and a third of the egg white mixture into the egg mixture until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites and almond flour until just barely incorporated (there may stil be streaks of egg whites.
  7. Gently fold in the raisins and nuts, if using.
  8. Divide batter between the two ramekins.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and the cake starts to pull away from the sides.
  10. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
  11. Prepare Greek yogurt cream cheese topping, and when cakes are completely cooled, divide the topping between the two cakes and spread to cover.
For the Greek yogurt cream cheese topping:
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and using your hand mixed or the whisk attachment for your hand mixer (if you have one), whip until combined and fluffy.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    These look wonderful!! I LOVE carrot cake, but if I make a big cake, I end up eating way more than I need to. This recipe makes the perfect portion to get my carrot cake fix. The Greek yogurt cream cheese topping sounds delicious too!

  2. says

    I just made carrot cake muffins for the same reason…I’d eat a whole cake myself, but I could convince my friends to take home “muffins.” So I’m thrilled to have a delicious recipe for two!!!

  3. says

    Now THESE are what I should have made last Sunday for dessert. Instead, I made a carrot-lemon cake from a random recipe I found online, and it wasn’t nearly as tasty as this looks. LOVE the Greek yogurt cream cheese topping. Ohhhh yeahhh!

  4. says

    I’ve been going gluten free for a while and can’t wait to try this…. I might have to do a larger version though, my whole family does love carrot cake!

  5. says

    After you mentioned it, I tried to make that cake into cupcakes, and mine were also a bit of a fail! BUUUUUT! It was a delicious fail. We ate ‘em! :-D
    Now I need to go and make myself your delicious carrot cake for two and eat both of those all by myself!

  6. says

    The cakes have carrots and greek yogurt, it’s absolutely a legitimate lunch! I love these small cakes you make! So much more manageable to hand and you don’t have to worry about pawning off leftovers to everyone for days on end. :-)

  7. says

    Mu husband and my daughter, who is gluten-free, will love you for this recipe! Can’t wait to surprise them with these little goodies. Thanks for sharing on Create Link Inspire.

    • says

      In another recipe I know someone who made a direct substitution, but I am not sure it would work exactly the same here. I think you might need a bit more AP flour, but it may need some trial and error to get it just right.

  8. says

    Hi Brianne – I loved reading how you arrived at his recipe and it looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

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