Carrot Cake - a delicate, perfectly spiced vegan sponge cake made with fresh grated carrot and finished with a sweet vegan frosting #vegancake #veganbaking #carrotcake #veganfrosting | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Carrot Cake

prep: 30 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 8-10 slices Print recipe?

Carrot Cake - a delicate, perfectly spiced vegan sponge cake made with fresh grated carrot and finished with a sweet vegan frosting #vegancake #veganbaking #carrotcake #veganfrosting | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

A delicate, perfectly spiced vegan carrot cake made with fresh grated carrot, filled and topped with a divine sweet vegan lemon frosting!

Blergh, who puts carrot in cake?  That’s the response I got when I decided I wanted to make a vegan version of the all time classic carrot cake.  And you know for someone who doesn’t like carrots and claims they really don’t like carrot cake, he managed to tuck away several slices.  He’d already had these Carrot Cake Muffins and enjoyed them.  Didn’t stop him being convinced he didn’t like it.

The child in me loves it when I prove him wrong.

Carrot Cake - a delicate, perfectly spiced vegan sponge cake made with fresh grated carrot and finished with a sweet vegan frosting #vegancake #veganbaking #carrotcake #veganfrosting | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

In all honesty, he’s come a VERY long way from the confirmed carnivore and potato eater he was when we met.  A loooong way.  Today we have a bona-fide vegan.  He’s trying it for Veganuary but so far enjoying it and not missing anything apparently.

Especially when you can make vegan carrot cake as good as this.

It’s a beautifully moist sponge with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg to gently bring all the flavours together without it being overpowering and almost medicinal.

Carrot Cake - a delicate, perfectly spiced vegan sponge cake made with fresh grated carrot and finished with a sweet vegan frosting #vegancake #veganbaking #carrotcake #veganfrosting | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

People add vegetables to things like cake for a number of reasons.  It’s a great way to increase veg intake if you have fussy eaters.  Wrap veggies up in sugar and spices and sweet lemon frosting and those fussy fussersons will shove it in their face along with the rest of us veg lovers.

Veg like carrots, courgette and sweet potato add extra moistness to a cake without a huge increase in calories.  They’re also a great way to use up any leftover veg.  Not that that’s ever a problem in our house.

And carrot cake is like the great grandma of cakes.  It’s sweet and comforting and will make you feel better because warming spices and lemon frosting.

Carrot Cake - a delicate, perfectly spiced vegan sponge cake made with fresh grated carrot and finished with a sweet vegan frosting #vegancake #veganbaking #carrotcake #veganfrosting | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Carrot Cake

prep: 30 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 60 mins / quantity: 8-10 slices

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 tblsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tblsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil – I’ve tried with olive and avocado oil but rapeseed (canola) oil should work too
  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (120g) coconut sugar
  • 2 cups (200g or roughly 2 medium) carrots

Icing:

  • 2/3 cup (150g) vegan butter – you want a block butter rather than a spread
  • 2 cups (200g) icing sugar
  • 1 lemon – grated zest only

Caramelised walnuts:

  • 1 cup (115g) walnut halves
  • 1 tblsp maple or agave syrup or Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / gas 4 and with a little oil or dairy free spread, grease and then dust with flour two 6 inch (15cm) sandwich cake tins. I also cut a disc of parchment for the bases - but my tins are old and losing their non-stick!
  2. In a mug or small bowl put the ground flax seeds with 1/3 cup (85ml) cold water, stir together and set aside
  3. In a medium bowl put the milk, vinegar and oil, whisk together and set that to one side too
  4. In a large bowl put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar
  5. Finely grate the carrot - I used the side of the grater that you normally use for parmesan cheese. Add to the bowl
  6. Whisk the flax seed mixture (known as a flax 'egg') into the milk mixture then pour it all into your large bowl of dry ingredients
  7. Stir well together, mixing up from the bottom of the bowl so no flour pockets remain
  8. Evenly divide the mixture between the two prepared tins, spreading and flattening. Bake for 30 minutes - check they're cooked by inserting a skewer or toothpick into the centre of a cake and if it comes out clean with no cake mixture clinging to it the cakes are cooked
  9. Leave to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes then carefully lift out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely
  10. To make the frosting simply beat together the vegan butter, icing sugar and grated lemon zest until pale and fluffy
  11. To caramelise the walnuts put them into a small frying pan with the maple syrup and cook over a low/medium heat for 2-3 minutes until golden and crunchy. Leave to cool
  12. To assemble the cake put one of the cakes onto your serving plate then spoon or pipe the roughly 2/3 of the icing to cover the top of it
  13. Top with the other cake and spread or pipe the remaining icing across the top of the second cake. Top with the caramelised walnuts
  14. Keep the cake in an airtight container
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