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Vegan Carrot Cake

This vegan carrot cake is a classic dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With a moist and flavorful cake made with grated carrots, warm spices, and chopped nuts, and a creamy vegan cream cheese frosting, this cake is sure to impress your guests.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Course: DessertCuisine: ContinentalDifficulty: Medium


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The cake is made with a combination of grated carrots, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Chopped walnuts or pecans add a crunchy texture to the cake. The vegan cream cheese frosting is made with vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.


  • For the cake
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup grated carrots

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

  • For the frosting
  • 1 package (8 oz) vegan cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch cake pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the grated carrots, sugar, vegetable oil, flax eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in the chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top.
  • Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the vegan cream cheese and vegan butter until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Once the cake has cooled, frost it with the cream cheese frosting.


  • Use fresh grated carrots for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t overmix the batter or the cake will become tough.
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting it.
  • Add extra chopped nuts or raisins to the cake batter for extra flavor and texture.

How to Store and Freeze

  • You can store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To freeze the cake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

Complete Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories480
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 27g 42%
    • Saturated Fat 7g 35%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 390mg 17%
  • Total Carbohydrate 59g 20%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    • Sugars 43g
  • Protein 4g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Alterations and Modifications for Vegan Carrot Cake

    • Gluten-free Option: Use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version.
    • Nut-free Option: Omit nuts or use sunflower seeds instead of nuts for a nut-free option.
    • Sugar-free Option: Use natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia instead of refined sugar.
    • Flax Eggs: Use flax eggs instead of regular eggs to make this recipe vegan.
    • Applesauce: Use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil to reduce the fat content.
    • Spices: Add a pinch of nutmeg or cloves for a warm, spicy flavor.
    • Pineapple: Add crushed pineapple to the batter for a tropical twist.
    • Frosting: Use vegan cream cheese or coconut cream frosting for a dairy-free option.
    • Decoration: Top the cake with chopped nuts, shredded coconut or fresh fruit for a colorful and flavorful decoration.

    Enjoy your delicious vegan carrot cake, and share it with your friends and family!

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