Best Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

My contribution to the November Conscious Eating Niagara Potluck was a fall favourite of mine, carrot cake! Geoff and I even had carrot cake as our wedding cake.

Well, this recipe was a little bit vague as I was making it. I made such a huge quantity, enough for two full sized cakes, so I’ll do my best to scale this back to the size of a single cake. As is often the case with raw recipes, it was a little of this and a little of that so use this as a rough guide and use your own taste buds to get the balance right if you make it.

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 Carrots, shredded
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 cups dates, blended into a paste
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground into a flour
  • .5 cup raw coconut flour or another .5+ cup of ground walnuts**
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, or to taste (I probably used more)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, or to taste (again, I probably used more)
  • .5 cup golden raisins, optional

** If you’re using raw coconut flour, mix that in, otherwise add the rest of the walnut. **If you’re not using coconut raw flour, you will likely need additional walnut. Coconut flour is very absorbent and soaks up a lot of the moisture from the carrots and dates. If you find that your cake batter is extremely mushy, add more ground walnut accordingly.

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake - a perfect bite.

Directions:

  1. Shred your carrots first and set aside in a large bowl. If you have a good food processor, you should have an attachment for shredding that will speed things up and keep you sane. Toss the carrot in the lemon juice to keep the nice orange colour.
  2. Make your date paste in the food processor. Once you’ve made this into a smooth paste, slowly add half of the shredded carrot and blend until reasonably smooth.
  3. Add your spices to to the date and carrot mash and blend.
  4. Dump the date and carrot mash in the bowl with the rest of the shredded carrot and mix well.
  5.  This is the point when I would grind my walnuts into a flour. Then add it to the big bowl of carrot & date. Mix well.
  6. Taste the batter and make sure that the seasoning is to your liking. At this point, I would add more cinnamon if I feel it needs additional kick.
  7. If you’ve mixed all of this in a big bowl and it still seems way too mushy, add more raw coconut flour or ground walnut. The batter should be moist but not runny. If you were to roll some of the batter in to a bowl, it should hold it’s shape.
  8. Prepare a spring form cake pan by oiling the bottom and sides with coconut oil. Then sprinkle either raw coconut flour, shredded coconut, or some ground walnut over the oiled surface until coated. Then fill the pan with batter and press your cake batter firmly into the pan.
  9. If you have a dehydrator, stick the entire cake pan in the dehydrator on 105 for one to two hours, until the surface looks pretty “cooked”-ish. If you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t worry about it. The cake will still be good, just a bit soft.
  10. If you want, you could call the cake done now, but I like to take it one step further. If you’re preparing the cake the day before, cover the cake and stick it in the freezer to set some more. The next day, while it’s still solid, remove the cake from the spring form pan and put it directly in the dehydrator for another couple of hours so that the top and sides become even more “cooked”-like and left soft.
  11. Ice your cake with coconut cream cheese frosting if desired, and serve!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake after it has been dehydrated, before the frosting.

Coconut Cream Frosting:

  • 4 tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk or 1 tbsp more of coconut butter and 1 cup of water
  • Maple Syrup to taste (or agave)
  • Sea salt to taste

Frosting Directions:

  1. Blend coconut butter in food processor until smooth. 
  2. Add coconut milk or equivalent. Blend again.
  3. Add desired sweetness and blend.
  4. Refrigerate at least one hour to set the frosting. Ice your cake and voila!
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