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AIP Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting by Ashley Clark AIP Recipe Collection Group

This recipe for AIP Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting comes to you from one of our very talented members in the AIP Recipe Collection Facebook Group. She’s generously offered to share her beautiful recipe with us here so the whole AIP community can enjoy it! 

There’s no reason for you do feel deprived at the holidays, on your birthday, anniversary or any other celebration … AIP can be very delicious and beautiful too!

♥ Thank-You Ashley ♥


As you can see, this one’s pretty versatile … she’s created a playful cake for her AIP kiddo with a double batch of icing and a more elegant version for her hubby using a single batch of icing and simple piped stars … beautiful work!

You’ll notice that this cake calls for palm shortening … yes, I hear you … but what about the orangutan habitat!?  We’re all sensitive to things like this, so simply be sure to use a product that’s sustainably sourced. I personally use Nutiva brand because they’re serious about sustainability – read more about palm oil & palm shortening here in my post – What About Palm Oil?

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AIP Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting by Ashley Clark AIP Recipe Collection Group

AIP Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting

Yield: 14 to 16 - 2" Square Pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

♥ RECIPE & IMAGES BY: AIP Recipe Collection Group Member Ashley Clark ♥ No need to miss out at party time just because you're on the AIP! This cake is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and any delicious celebration.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan with avocado oil or other compliant fat
  3. Put tigernut flour in a coffee/spice grinder and grind until fine
  4. Add all dry ingredients (excluding Agar Agar) to a large mixing bowl
  5. Fold the carrots into the dry ingredients
  6. Mix wet ingredients (excluding the water listed with the Agar Agar) together in a medium bowl and set aside
  7. In a small sauce pan, heat the 8 Tbsp of water and Agar Agar over high heat, whisking continually until thickened. The mixture should be bubbling the entire time. Once thickened pour immediately into the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly
  8. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until combined (do not over mix)
  9. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly
  10. Bake for 18 minutes and then cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue baking for an additional 16 minutes. Toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean when cooked
  11. Allow to cool in the pan
  12. Invert to cooling rack and cool completely before frosting

Instructions for Icing:

NOTE: The icing ingredients listed above will make enough to ice one cake. If you want to pipe decorations on the cake, make an extra batch of icing for that purpose or simple pipe decorations on the bare cake - that looks pretty too.

Using a hand mixer, combine all icing ingredients together in a medium bowl and immediately ice the completely cooled cake.

Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Refrigerate left overs.

Agar Agar Substitution:

If you do not have agar agar you can use gelatin instead - HOWEVER, the ratios are different from what I've read (contrary to early learnings about this).

This recipe is basically calling for 2 eggs OR 2 Agar Agar eggs OR 2 gelatin eggs - so, you do you! Choose the one that's right for your stage of the AIP / diet!

How to Make A Gelatin Egg!

I have a lot of folks ask about this because they've had issues with making them. The method I always use is a success and is as follows...

1 Tbsp Gelatin
1/4 Cup Water

Add water to a small pot and sprinkle the gelatin over top.
Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes until the mixture hardens somewhat.
Place the post on a burner set to low heat for 1-2 minutes until the gelatin starts to melt. Be careful not to burn it! I usually stand by and start immediately whisking it.
Remove the pot from the heat and vigorously whisk until the mixture becomes frothy.

FOR THIS RECIPE - use 2 Tbsp Gelatin and 1/2 Cup Water to = 2 Gelatin Eggs

While I’m not about to delve deep into the science behind the AIP or attempt to re-write some exceptionally well presented and well researched material that’s already available online and in print, I will give you a quick synapses here and send you on your way with links to what the experts have to say.

AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol, or as some call it, the Autoimmune Paleo diet. This diet however, differs considerably from the standard Paleo diet, so this is where we need to start. Let’s dispel any myths and give you a good foundational understanding of the AIP, the whats and whys.

The AIP is a modified version of the Paleo Diet that focuses on nutrient density (more heavily weighted in veggies than meat, which is more Paleo-style) and lifestyle changes that support your immune system and remove inflammatory stimuli from both diet and lifestyle. I quote Dr. Ballantyne, who had a founding role in the AIP, below: 

” The AIP is a complementary approach to chronic disease management focused on providing the body with the nutritional resources required for immune regulation, gut health (which includes gut barrier, microbiome, gut-relevant hormones, digestion, and detoxification), hormone regulation and tissue healing while removing inflammatory stimuli from both diet and lifestyle.”

The approach simplifies foods into two categories, either they promote health (nutrients) or they undermine health (because they have inflammatory compounds). That said, the protocol calls for stricter guidelines for which foods should be eliminated from our diet (as compared to the Paleo diet) to help us begin healing from the inside out.

“The AIP diet is designed to be balanced, complete and nutrient-sufficient, meaning that it supplies ample and synergistic quantities of all essential and non-essential nutrients. As such, the Autoimmune Protocol places greater emphasis on the most nutrient-dense foods in our food supply, including organ meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit and mushrooms, rounding out with other quality meats, fresh herbs, safe spices, and healthy fats.”

Done properly, the AIP should provide you with a well-round and balanced diet of healthy, satisfying foods. There are THREE phases to the protocol – elimination, reintroduction and maintenance.

The elimination stage of this diet is used as a template that is to be personalized and then built on, depending on each person’s own health condition, diagnosis and circumstances – it is NOT a one-size fits all approach – and it is NOT overly restrictive, as some may believe.

“While the stronger focus is on what to eat, rather than what to avoid, the AIP is simultaneously an elimination diet strategy, cutting out the foods that are most likely to be holding back our health.”

“The AIP respects bioindividuality and strongly encourages self-discovery through 3-phases: elimination, reintroduction and maintenance. The AIP is a toolbox full of strategies for understanding how your body reacts to foods, lifestyle and your environment and methodologies for healing given your individual health challenges.”

And finally, I must mention that to be truly successful on your journey to autoimmune wellness you will also need to consider lifestyle changes beyond just what goes into your body.  Your environment, stress, emotions, products you use daily in your home and on your body can also have significant impact on your healing journey.

“The AIP lifestyle encourages sufficient sleep, stress management, plenty of activity, nature time, and healthy connection as these are important immune modulators and influence both gut health and hormone health.”

AIP Autoimmune Protocol ebook The BEST resource for the AIPWhere to Begin?

It’s important not to get stuck in the rut of research, but you should understand the fundamental principles of what you’re about to embark on so you get off on the best foot.

First and foremost, get your hands on the best resource going! The Autoimmune Protocol as written by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is the best resource you can own. The investment is small and more than worthwhile, complete with essential food lists, meal plans, the basics of the protocol, how to get started (a slow transition or cold turkey), how to reintroduce foods correctly when you get to that stage and more! Get your copy and read it as soon as you can – everything else is really just extra.

When to Begin?

A lot of people make it a goal to start the AIP as a part of their healthy New Year’s Resolutions … is that the best time, or should you start right away? Learn more in my dedicated post – When Should You Start Your AIP Healing Journey?

Is the AIP For Everyone?

If you’re here and find yourself asking whether the AIP is really for you, or if it’s something everyone should try, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s post on her website addresses this perfectly. The following is a brief summary, but you can read the full post here if you wish – Should Everyone Follow the AIP.

“It (the AIP) isn’t just for people with autoimmune disease! Inflammation is a factor in all chronic illnesses, and this is one area where the foods we eat can make a huge difference. Reducing inflammation and giving the immune system the resources it needs, as well as the opportunity, to regulate itself, can help in every single chronic illness, not just autoimmune disease.

The AIP is not a substitute for your doctor, but instead is compatible with informed and judicious use of conventional medicine interventions, pharmaceuticals, and supplements, and fully embraces functional medicine.

In short, the AIP is a collection of best practices related to diet and lifestyle, not to the exclusion of additional treatments or interventions, that can be individualized to address specific circumstances and goals, framed in the context of a person whose health challenges imply a lower resilience to suboptimal choices.”

Online Resources & Reading:

If you’re unable to purchase the above reference book, this would be your next best place to begin … or … you might suggest these links to family and friends who are trying to grasp what it is that you’re doing to help improve your health.

What is the AIP? (click here for the full article) by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne (the creator of the protocol) is a more scientific approach to explaining the healing journey you’re about to embark upon, and it goes into greater detail than the article below by Angie Alt. (NOTE:  Updates to the Autoimmune Protocol were announced in the Spring of 2019 when Dr. Ballantyne’s updated, The Autoimmune Protocol book was released. With that came several new posts online to help folks clarify and get a brief overview of the whats and whys of the changes. You can read more online about them here on her website Updates to the Autoimmune Protocol, but for the most part, updates are applicable to the reintroduction phase of the protocol.)

The 3 Phases of the Autoimmune Protocol (click here for the article) by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is a little different – her description of the three phases is more what I think to be appropriate (and she is after all one of the pioneers of the protocol), but both have merit. You’ll always find that Dr. Ballantyne’s approach is more scientific and clinical than that you’ll see on the Autoimmune Wellness website. Both have their own approach and both are amazing in their own ways.

Looking for a more abbreviated version? What is AIP? – The Definitive Guide (click here for the article) by Angie Alt of  Autoimmune Wellness is a fantastic resource if you’re just starting out and need to know more about the AIP (including the lifestyle factors) or if you’ve been on the AIP a while but feel you really don’t have a grasp of it. It contains the what’s, why’s and how’s in a “brief” (considering the magnitude of the subject) overview.

If you’re struggling to explain the AIP to friends and family, I have to tell you I love the “Elevator Speech” portion of this guide – just awesome!

This is simply a WONDERFUL all-round article for EVERYONE on the AIP, considering the AIP or trying to support a loved one faced with autoimmune issues and the AIP 

20 Keys to Success on The AIP (click here for the article) by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is a great post of exceptional advice. A lot of this information is included in her book but this is a great read and reminder.

Quick Start Guide (click here for the guide) from Autoimmune Wellness is a series of emails that include food lists, meal plans, videos, tips and e-guides that you can sign up for. Great, reliable information from one of my top resources.

Need a Helping Hand?

If you know you’re likely going to face challenges transitioning and sticking to the AIP, please check out my Coaching Page – this is where you’ll find more resources for getting the helping hand you need.

Looking for MORE?

For the sake of brevity and to keep this post simple and concentrated to the very basics of getting started on the AIP, I’ll save the “more” for another post that you can find here – Beginner Resources – Start Here Part 2.