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Decadent Dairy-Free Carrot Cake

by Crystal Hatch

Inspired by lovingitvegan.com

Ingredients

for 10 servings

Cashew Frosting

  • 4 cups
    raw cashew (520 g)
  • hot water
  • 15 oz
    full-fat coconut milk, cream from the top of the can (425 mL)
  • ½ cup
    powdered sugar (80 g)
  • 1 cup
    maple syrup (220 g)
  • ¾ cup
    coconut oil, melted (180 g)
  • 3 tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon
    vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt

Cake

  • 3 ½ cups
    flour, of choice, we used whole wheat (435 g)
  • 1 cup
    brown sugar (220 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    baking soda
  • 1 ½ tablespoons
    baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon
    cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons
    nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 cups
    almond milk (720 mL)
  • ¾ cup
    coconut oil, melted (180 g)
  • 1 cup
    unsweetened applesauce (255 g)
  • ¾ cup
    maple syrup (165 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups
    carrot, finely grated (220 g)
  • 1 cup
    raisin, optional (150 g)
  • 1 carrot, for garnish
  • ½ cup
    walnuts, chopped, for garnish (50 g)

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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, add the cashews and enough hot water to cover them. Let soak for at least 1 hour.
  2. Rinse and drain the cashews, then add them to a food processor or blender. Add the coconut cream, powdered sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. Transfer the cashew frosting to a bowl and refrigerate while you bake the cake.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 3 separate 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pans and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  6. In a separate large bowl, add the almond milk, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine.
  7. In two batches, add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, folding with a spatula until combined. Some clumps are okay.
  8. Add the grated carrots and raisins and fold them in.
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 pre-greased cake pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  10. Remove the cashew frosting from the fridge and mix it up well.
  11. Choose which cake will be your bottom layer and cover evenly with about ⅓ of the cashew frosting. Top with the second layer, frosting evenly again. Add the final layer and frost the top of the cake generously
  12. Grate a carrot over the top of the frosting and sprinkle with chopped walnuts for garnish.
  13. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  14. Enjoy!
 

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