Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – YES, it’s vegan and delicious!

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Things have been CRAZY. Crazy good – but crazy. When I started this blog, it was more for myself – to keep track of recipes I enjoyed making and to share them with anyone who may be interested. Of course, I work full time, I take classes part time, I do photography as a hobby and above all I am a mom to 3 and wife and all of that great stuff. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to explore my hobbies – but over the last couple of weeks I have just been so busy with everything else that balancing all of it was just not going to happen. So yes, it has been a minute – but I am BACK. With Carrot Cake.

This Carrot Cake exceeded all of my expectations. I don’t know about you, but vegan and cream cheese – just normally don’t go hand in hand. It takes some experimenting to get that perfect cream cheese flavor – and thankfully that experiment had already been completely rocked by Ali at Gimme Some Oven . When I landed on her Carrot Cake – I fell in love at first site. Her pics captured – moist cake, creamy frosting and carroty orangeness that screamed “MAKE ME AND EAT ME!” So I did.

I was so excited to make this cake, that I regrettably took just this one picture during prep. I was going to retrace my steps and take additional photos, but for one – I didn’t have the spare time, and two – I figured, well THIS is what this cake is all about anyways! Carrots!

While the cake is delicious, the cream cheese frosting will be a staple in our house. After mixing the frosting ingredients in the food processor, I popped the top off and just stared in awe. It was smooth, creamy and looked like the cream cheese frosting I grew up with. Not what I expected from a vegan recipe. Yes – I have faith in most of the recipes I try, but sometimes, there are somethings that still surprise you – and this was one. I immediately stuck my finger in to taste (don’t tell the people I fed this to) and I was AMAZED. It is SO GOOD. So obviously I grabbed a knife and had more. Don’t judge me.

So, many thanks to Ali – I have adapted the recipe below from Gimme Some Oven .

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – YES, it’s vegan and delicious!
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Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 2½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 2 cups organic brown sugar
  • 8 flax eggs*
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs carrots, shredded
For the Frosting
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups vegan butter
  • 3 TBS Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • *1/2 cup ground flaxmeal mixed into 1 1/12 cups water. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes, remove and stir, and place back into refrigerator for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease (2) round 9 inch baking pans - set aside
  2. Prepare flax eggs, if you haven't already - and place in refrigerator
  3. In large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, including: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor, add sugar, brown sugar and flax eggs and start to process
  5. While food processor is running, stream oil into the chute and continue to process until mixture is light and fluffy
  6. Add shredded carrots and pulse 3-4 times, until most carrots are cut into the mixture
  7. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until mixture is combined
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans, splitting evenly between the 2 pans
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean
  10. Let cakes cool completely before frosting
  11. Once cooled - transfer cakes from pan to plate and frost as desired (My personal favorite is icing in between the layers and across the entire cake. And licking the bowl after)
For the Frosting
  1. After wiping clean the food processor - combine all frosting ingredients in the bowl and mix until smooth consistency
  2. Adjust thickness/thinness by adding additional powdered sugar or almond milk as needed
Notes
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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