My favorite cake is that of the carrot. Every year for my birthday, I wanted that delicious combination of carrots, coconut, nutmeg and cinnamon. Most years I asked if my mom would add pineapple and raisins too. Then, it all came together with the cream cheese frosting.
Since I went vegan, I have had a few vegan carrot cupcakes, all of which were good. I however will admit, I burn everything I put in the oven. I hate wasting food, so I usually eat it…yes now you get my decision to make sandwiches all the time.
A couple months ago I discovered this whole “raw vegan” food movement. I thought it was cool, tried my hand at a few recipes, but mostly put it on the back burner. I admit, I still hear the phrase “raw vegan” and think of baby carrots…perfect for this cake!
Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
For the frosting:
2 cups raw cashews (must be raw, I use raw pieces)
1/4+ cup fresh squeezed, lemon juice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (or the inside of a scraped vanilla bean)
1/4 cup maple syrup (use raw if your diet permits & you can find it!)
a healthy pinch of sea salt
1 tbs coconut oil.
Soak the cashews for three hours. Combine everything in the food processor and blend till a frosting consistency is achieved. Store in the fridge while you make the cake.
For the carrot cake:
2 cups raw walnuts, chopped in a chopper, food processor or high-speed blender to teeny bits.
10 very soft and large medjool dates.
1 lb of organic carrots, shredded
1 tbs coconut oil (not the liquid, the regular virgin coconut oil that turns solid when cold)
1/2 cup of fairly finely shredded, unsweetened coconut. If your flakes are large, toss these in the food processor or chopper as well before adding to the mix.
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pulse the walnuts into small pieces, pour into another bowl. Put the dates and carrots in the food processor and pulse till a paste is made. Stir into the walnuts. Add the coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir till combined. Press into either a pie pan or a 8×4 inch baking pan. Spread on the cream cheese frosting.
Try not to eat it all at once! I actually ate this for breakfast twice. It’s more hearty than sweet.
Have you ever experimented with raw food?