Carrot, Date and Pecan Cake

Gluten-free, moist and delicious cake with healthy ingredients like carrots, pecans, and dates along with the flavor from caramelized sugar. Tastes amazing without frosting but just a dusting of Confectionary sugar.


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You can also try this recipe with carrots, walnuts and fig combination which also works quite well!



Course: Dessert/ Snack

Yield: 9-10 servings

Baking time: 45-50 mins

  1. Gluten-free All-purpose flour- 1 cup
  2. Room temp Eggs-2
  3. Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
  4. Salt-1/2 Tsp
  5. Vegetable oil-3/4 cup
  6. Grated Carrots-1 cup
  7. Chopped Pecans-1/2 cup
  8. Pitted and Chopped dates-1 cup
  9. Castor or Cane sugar- 3/4 cup
  10. Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp.
  11. FOR CARAMEL SYRUP- 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup hot water
  12. Confectionery Sugar- 1/2 cup for dusting
  13. Square cake tin


  • To prepare the caramelized sugar syrup– Keep a small heavy-bottom saucepan on medium heat and add 1/2 cup sugar. Do not stir often and let the sugar melt and starts to simmer after 8- 10 mins.
  • Gently tilt the saucepan to evenly distribute the color as the sugar caramelizes. When it turns an amber color, carefully pour hot water and stir using a wooden spatula.
  • Turn off the heat and make sure you don’t burn the sugar. Once done, you will get a light amber color syrup.
  • For the Cake Batter
  • Prepare the cake tin by spraying cooking spray and lining with a parchment sheet.
  • In a small bowl gently mix the grated carrots, dates, and pecans with 1 tbsp. flour to prevent sinking in the cake and for even distribution.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and doubles in volume.
  • Now add the oil and vanilla extract and combine well using an electric mixer.
  • Add the cooled caramel sugar syrup to the wet mixture and combine well.
  • Sieve together the flour, salt, and baking soda into the wet mixture in 2 parts.
  • Fold the grated carrots, date and pecan mixture into the batter using a spatula.
  • Do not over mix the batter.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared dish and bake at 350°F for about 45- 50 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Transfer the cake tin onto a wire rack and let it cool.
  • Cut the cake into equal squares, dust with confectioners sugar and serve!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks really delicious with wonderful ingredients.


  2. dpranita583 says:

    Nice combination for the cake.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bernice says:

    What a beautiful cake!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jia Ann says:

      Thank you😊

      Liked by 1 person

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