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Vegan Carrot Cake

This Vegan Carrot Cake recipe is moist, rich, and loaded with lots of fresh carrots.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Egg Free, Vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 841kcal

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal - mixed with 12 ounces water
  • 2 ½ cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil - light or everyday evoo
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 15 ounces crushed pineapple - drained well - can be 15.25 oz.
  • 1 ½ cups nuts - chopped, walnuts or pecans 

Frosting

  • 8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese - softened
  • ½ cup dairy-free butter - softened
  • 4 cups organic powdered sugar - sifted
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

Decorations

  • nuts - chopped

Instructions

Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour three round 9-inch cake pans.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the prepared flaxseed meal 'eggs', sugar, oil and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture and beat on low until well combined, but don’t overbeat.
  • Fold in the carrots, pineapple, and nuts until well combined.
  • Divide into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven to wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Frosting

  • Sift powdered sugar into medium size bowl to remove any large pieces. You don’t have to do this step, however, it does make the frosting creamier.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth.
  • Add butter and beat until fluffy and smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating after each addition.
  • Beat in the vanilla until smooth.

Decorating

  • Add one layer of cake to a plate or cake stand.
  • Add ⅓ of the frosting, spread evenly.
  • Repeat with another cake layer.
  • Add top layer and frost.
  • Chop nuts and decorate cake in a circle as seen in the photos.

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Notes

Vanilla - regular vanilla can be used, clear vanilla will keep the frosting white.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 841kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 88g | Vitamin A: 3585IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg