Vegan carrot cake

Vegan carrot cake

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins


Serves 12 - 15

Give free-from baking a go with this easy vegan sandwich cake – an indulgent carrot cake with coconut and cashew icing that everyone will want another slice of

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving (15)

  • kcal501
  • fat31g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.45g
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    For the icing

    • 4 sachets (200g) creamed coconut
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp cashew nut butter
    • 50g icing sugar
    • 60ml oat milk

    For the cake

    • 250ml jar coconut oil, melted
    • 300g light brown sugar
    • 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
    • 210ml dairy free milk, we used oat milk



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    • 420g plain flour
    • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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    • 1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

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    • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus extra cinnamon to decorate



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    • 1 tsp ginger



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    • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1 orange, zest only



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    • 4 medium carrots, grated (you want 270g grated weight)
    • 75g chopped walnuts, plus extra to decorate



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    • edible flowers (optional)


    1. Start by making the icing first. Mash the coconut cream with 2 tbsp hot water and the lemon juice until smooth. Add the cashew butter then whisk in the icing sugar followed by the oat milk. Continue to whisk until fully combined, set aside in the fridge until needed.

    2. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Grease 2 x 20cm cake tins with a little of the melted coconut oil and line the bases with baking parchment. Whisk together the oil and sugar, then add the vanilla and milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and orange zest in a separate bowl. Add these to the wet mixture and stir well. Finally stir in the carrot and the nuts. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out cleanly. Cool in the tin for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

    3. Sandwich the cakes together with half the icing then cover the top with the remaining icing (add a splash of oat milk if the icing feels too firm). Scatter over the nuts and dust the cake with a little cinnamon and decorate with edible flowers.

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    Luke Raddy
    11th Aug, 2017
    I made this cake for my colleagues at work and they loved it. The cake was quite dense and very filling when I made it. I couldn't find smooth cashew butter so there was a little crunch to the icing and I had to use a little more icing sugar as it needed a little extra thickening up. I personally wouldn't have realised it was vegan had I not baked it. Amazing.
    5th Jun, 2017
    I love vegan carrot cake recipe! I made it for my family. Excellent taste and everyone Loved it.Thanks for sharing good cake recipe.
    6th Aug, 2017
    I really want to try this. It's very high fat though
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    24th Aug, 2017
    I also replaced the coconut oil with a much cheaper alternative - sunflower oil. Cake still came out moist and delicious.
    evil_angelwings's picture
    21st Apr, 2017
    Just a tip to anyone who wants to bake vegan on a budget - I always replace the coconut oil with vegan margarine 1:1. A lot cheaper, tastes just as good!