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Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Decorating time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

This Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is dairy and egg free!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot, caster sugar, cinnamon, light brown sugar, non-dairy milk, nutmeg, pecan, pineapple chunks, salt, self raising flour, vanilla
Servings: 12 people
Author: Emma Walton
For the cake
  • 300 grams self-raising flour
  • 200 grams light brown sugar
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.5 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 250 grams tinned pineapple chunks (drained weight)
  • 250 millilitres vegetable oil
  • 175 millilitres plant milk e.g. almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • 125 grams chopped nuts e.g. walnuts or pecans
For the frosting
  • 500 grams icing sugar
  • 200 grams non-dairy cream cheese
  • 75 grams non-dairy butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
For the cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and prepare 2 7 inch cake tins by lining them with grease proof paper.

  2. Sift the flour, sugar and spices into a large bowl and whisk to ensure they are well combined.

  3. Roughly mash the pineapple before adding to the bowl along with the vegetable oil, plant milk and vanilla paste.

  4. Mix the ingredients so they are just coming together before folding in the grated carrots and the chopped nuts.

  5. Spoon the cake mix evenly between the two tins and place into the centre of the over to bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour (until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean).

  6. Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes before removing from their tins.

  7. Allow the cakes to cool completely before decorating.

For the frosting
  1. Add the icing sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla paste to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Gently beat the ingredients together by hand until you have a thick, smooth consistency. (If using electric beaters be very careful not to over mix as this will destabilise the frosting).

  3. If the frosting is a little too thick, add up to 25 grams more non-dairy butter.

  4. Use roughly 1/4 of the frosting to sandwich your two cakes together. The remainder of the frosting cake be used to decorate the cake as you choose.