Carrot Cake

When I went vegan I figured that baked goods were a no-go. How could I possibly make them without eggs and milk? Will they rise the same? Will the batter taste gross?Turns out – my favourite desserts can be easily veganized, including carrot cake!

I made this one from my mom’s old recipe, but this time I substituted with almond milk and a flax egg. It worked out perfectly! She is the master baker, so when she is impressed I feel like a boss.

Make this for your friends and family and I swear they will have a food-gasm.

What you’ll need:  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp ground flax + 8 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 540ml can crushed pineapple drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Icing:

  • 1 package vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2.5-3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the ground flax and water and set aside to thicken up.
  3. Drain the crushed pineapple over a bowl. You’ll need the liquid later on in the recipe.
  4. Mix together the first seven ingredients.
  5. Whisk the flax “egg”, vegetable oil and almond milk together until there are no lumps. Then add in the sugar and mix again.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until thoroughly combined.
  7. Add the pineapple and stir. Then fold in the grated carrots and chopped pecans.
  8. Finally, add 1/4 cup of the leftover pineapple juice.
  9. Add the mixture to a bundt cake pan.
  10. Bake for 60 minutes.
  11. Remove and let cool for at least one hour.
  12. Once your cake has cooled, mix together all of your icing ingredients using an electric mixer. Add the icing sugar one cup at a time to reach your desired thickness. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  13. Ice your cake and then place in the fridge overnight for best results!
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