Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

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Frosting and Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8” parchment-lined round cake pans with oil, then dust with almond flour, tapping out excess.
  2. Whisk salt, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and remaining 3 cups flour in a medium bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl until more than tripled in volume and mixture holds a ribbon for several seconds when drizzled over itself, 5–7 minutes. (Beating the eggs thoroughly in this stage goes a long way toward creating an aerated, light crumb, which is critical when using gluten-free ingredients.) Beat in vanilla.
  4. Toss carrots, coconut, walnuts, raisins, and remaining ½ cup oil in another medium bowl.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low.
  6. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with carrot mixture in 3 additions, to egg mixture, beating well after each addition.
  7. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  8. Bake cake until lightly browned across the top, a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the top springs back when gently poked, 33–36 minutes.
  9. Let cool 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edges of pans to release cake, then invert onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.
Frosting and Assembly
  1. Using electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl, scraping down as needed, until very smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce mixer speed to low and add powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  3. Add yogurt, vanilla, and salt and increase speed to medium-high.
  4. Beat, scraping down occasionally, until light and airy, about 4 minutes.
  5. Chill 10 minutes if needed to stiffen slightly to a spreadable consistently.
  6. Arrange one cake round domed side down on a large plate or platter. Cover top and sides with one-third of frosting.
  7. Top with remaining cake layer, domed side up. Coat top and sides with remaining frosting.