Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe

Welcome to my Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe! It had been quite some time since my gluten-intolerant husband indulged in a slice of cake (you may recall I came up with this flourless chocolate one for him last year). So I developed this gluten-free Mini Carrot Cake Recipe as a holiday treat, and he highly approves.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

With all the cherries and red, it may have you thinking cherry cake, but this mini layered yum is CARROT CAKE since he requested it, and I wasn’t feelin an orange carrot tablescape.

Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe

I surprised my husband with this treat on Saturday evening, decorating the table with what I had on hand.

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He had volunteered to work outside in the freezing cold all day with a friend, cutting down dead trees.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

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Who could you make this for?

Exhausted and about as sore as one could possibly feel after wrangling a chainsaw til sundown, he came home to a comforting chili dinner and this dessert on the table with candlelight.

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I’ll share the sources for my super simple “cherry Christmas” tablescape as well in case you’d like to create something similar.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

BTW, if you have never made a homemade cake, don’t be scared off by the recipe–it’s very simple.

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Baking Times

The challenge is figuring out how long to bake it as my experience with gluten free batters proves it is hard to know!

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Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

The first time I made this, it baked in the oven only 20 minutes, but the next time, it was for 27 minutes.

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Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

So 20-30 minutes may sound like a crazy range, but your geographical location and oven paired with the mystery of gluten-free properties warrants this necessary window.

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No need to keep it gluten free!

You can also make this with regular ol’ flour–you’ll just have to increase the amount of flour to 1 3/4 cups.

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Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

Mini Carrot Cake Recipe

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup gluten free flour (or 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour for non-gluten free cake)

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup corn oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups carrots, grated

1/4 cup sour cream

Cream Cheese Frosting: Mix together 4 oz. whipped cream cheese, 4 Tbs softened butter, 16 oz. powdered sugar (I buy the box so no measuring), 2 tsp vanilla, and small spoonfuls of milk or cream to bring it to desired consistency.

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Spray 2 six inch cake pans with nonstick spray.
  • Place them on a baking sheet that accommodates both pans.
  • Mix together first 7 ingredients in large bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla,and milk. Blend til smooth.
  • Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Fold in grated carrots and sour cream.
  • Divide batter between prepared pans.
  • Bake in center of oven until set, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place pans directly in freezer to cool completely. Make cream cheese frosting while cake layers cool.
  • Frost and enjoy.

 The Process & The Goods

Cake Pans

The cake pans I use for this mini carrot cake measure 6″ across and 2″ high. Buy them RIGHT HERE.

Gluten-Free Flour

This is excellent for my baking. Find it HERE.

Shredded Carrots

This is my favorite mixing bowl ever! They LAST FOR DECADES…Tupperware Thatsa Bowl in Pink Prosecco.

Gather Your Ingredients

Here’s a great VANILLA if you need it, and a set of custard cups.

Make Your Batter

Get Ready to Bake!

Remove From Oven & Place in Freezer

While the cake is in freezer, make the frosting.

Remove to Platter & Get Frosting

Here is the bottom layer (on a wood slice platter) placed rounded side down. Spread on frosting, then top with second layer and frost as desired.

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Ta-da!

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

Swedish Wood Candelabra: HERE.

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Plaid Dishtowel as Runner: Mine is from Urban Farmgirl. More Options Here.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake

Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

Wood Slice Platter/Chargers: HERE.

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My gold advent candle wreath is vintage Target – see options HERE.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

I picked up the lemony cypress tree from Home Depot. The pot is a ceramic utensil crock…see options HERE.

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Find vintage English marmalade jars HERE.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

The faux cherries are so much fun and won’t leave any stains! Find the exact ones HERE.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
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The Joyeux Noel pretty towel is from Urban Farmgirl.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

Find rustic wood candleholders HERE.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
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Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

My 8″ Lenox Holiday china salad plates with holly are vintage, and you can find a brand new set of 6 like these, encircled with 24 karat gold HERE.

Round Braided Placemat
Set of 4 Round Woven Placemats
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Find a set of 36 small, clear glass unscented candles HERE.

Farmhouse Christmas tablescape with red cherries, plaid, and holly Lenox plates. Hello Lovely Studio. Come find the mini cake recipe and sources for decor! #hellolovelystudio #tablescape #christmas #cherries #cake
Hello Lovely Studio. Cherry Christmas Table & Mini Cake Recipe. A casual, cheery, cherry country tablescape on a farmhouse table…certainly lovely indeed. Carrot cake recipe can be made with or without gluten.

Is there a more gorgeous arrangement of this classic?

Thanks for playing along and baking with me on a lovely December Saturday. Do visit more holiday themed posts for inspiration and cheer.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. x
    December 12, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Forwarding this to my gluten-intolerant sister. Thanks for the recipe!

    • michele
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Yay! You bet. Happy Wednesday, and thanks for reading!

  2. Karen
    December 12, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I love that you put the cake on a “slice of tree” as it’s what he worked with all day. Then you classed it up with lot of pretties and candles!

    • michele
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks for soaking in the details! xox

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