Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I got a call from a friend who needed a cake for his girlfriend’s birthday, not just any cake but a gluten free cake. I had only made one gluten free cake before this one and it was on the sweet side. I love sweet but that one was a little too much for my liking. I said yes knowing this cake would be a challenge, making a gluten free cake that tasted so good it didn’t seem gluten free. I have used a few different GF flours and my favorite is  Arrowhead All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. It doesn’t leave a gritty taste in your mouth and also doesn’t dry out the cake.

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This would be my first time making a carrot cake. I never particularly liked carrot cake growing up even though it was my mom’s absolute favorite. Regardless I went on a quest on Smitten Kitchen to find a recipe for carrot cake. Sure enough Deb had a recipe for carrot cake with a maple cream cheese frosting. The maple frosting was nice touch to this spice cake. I got all my GF ingredients and started baking, hoping for the best.

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To my pleasent surprise the cake came out great. I made some cupcakes with the extra batter for taste testing. The cake was very moist and absolutely delicious, too moist to get out of the cupcake holders. Now at 27 I’m understanding why my mother loves this cake. The spices and moistness of the cake come together great and not many cupcakes made it past the decorating stage. I whipped up the maple cream cheese frosting. I decided to not make it very heavy on the sweet side so it kept a traditional cream cheese flavor.

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The decoration request was to keep it simple. After making this cake I realized that cream cheese frosting is a little difficult to work with. It is hard to get it completely smooth and you can’t let it warm up too much before it stops holding shape. I coated the cake the night before and then the next morning started to decorate. I wanted to keep it simple so I did white on white with a nice orange frosting for the lettering, seemed very fall. The frosting did loose it’s form towards the end but all in all I’m happy with how it came out. I think it looked simple but it had a little flare.

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