• Prep 30 mins
  • Total 1h 25 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 10

TIP: Toasting nuts enhances their nutty flavor. Make sure butter, eggs, milk, and cream cheese are room temperature. This helps with even baking.


  • Contains Eggs
  • Contains Tree Nuts

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Eggs, Tree Nuts

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  • 3 cups water, for steaming
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup + 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 box (22 ounces) gluten-free yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated carrot (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans, divided


  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free honey graham cracker crumbs, toasted

TOPPINGS (optional)

  • Toasted pecans, finely chopped
  • Toasted honey graham cracker crumbs


  • Ninja® Multi-Purpose Pan or 8-inch round baking pan
  • Deluxe Reversible Rack (bottom layer only)
  • Large Bowl
  • Stand or Hand Mixer
  • Step 1

    Pour 3 cups water into the pot. Spray the Ninja Multi-Purpose Pan (or 8-inch round baking pan) with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    To make cake, place 1/2 cup butter and coconut oil in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Then add 1/2 the cake mix, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg, cloves, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Using the lowest speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until blended. Continuing to use the lowest speed, add the milk and the remaining cake mix. Mix until smooth. Add the carrots and 2/3 cup pecans. Stir until well-combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Step 3

    Place the pan on the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position, then place the rack in the pot.

  • Step 4

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & BAKE, set temperature to 290°F, and set time to 40 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 20 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 5

    After 35 minutes, check doneness by inserting a wooden toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, remove rack with pan, and let cool for 1 hour. If the toothpick comes out with moist crumbs stuck to it, continue to bake until toothpick comes out clean.

  • Step 6

    To make the frosting, combine cream cheese, 5 tablespoons butter, sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth.

  • Step 7

    When the cake has cooled, top with the frosting and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup chopped pecans and the honey graham crumbs.