Food: Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

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Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

Carrot cake used to be a regular bake in our house, but the other day we realised that we hadn’t baked or eaten any for ages!  Well of course this had to change at once- we needed some carrot cake in our lives!  Rebecca and I are huge fans of The Great British Sewing Bee and we thought it would be lovely to enjoy an endless pot of tea and a slice (or more) of carrot cake while cwtching up and watching the show, so we made it and decided we’d share it with you.  Read on if you’re looking for a recipe for a dairy free, Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Frosting. 

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

This carrot cake is sweet and moist with the crunch of walnuts and a hint of orange- delicious!  I made this the way that me and Rebecca most enjoy it but if I was making it with Caitlyn in mind I would blend the carrots and leave out the walnuts.  You can also add sultanas if you’re partial to a fruitier cake.

So many vegan cake recipes are complicated as bakers struggle to replace the egg or rising agents but we find as long as a cake has self raising flour, baking powder, sugar and liquid, vegan cake still rises well with no need for aquafaba or apple cider vinegar etc.  To “veganise” our everyday cake recipes we just swap the butter for a vegan margarine or oil and replace the egg with dairy free milk.

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Frosting

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 270 g carrots
  • 135 g walnuts (plus extra to decorate)
  • 1 tbsp orange extract (or zest from 1 orange)
  • 375 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 240 g soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 400 ml soy milk (only add what’s needed)
  • 160 ml vegetable oil

For the Frosting

  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 100 g vegan margarine
  • 50 g vegan cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp soya milk add as needed
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • walnuts and grated carrot to decorate (optional)

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

Instructions

For the Carrot Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  • Grease 2 tins or 1 large tray bake tin.
  • Peel trim and grate the carrots (when making this cake for “fussy” eaters I blend the carrots).  Add the orange extract or zest.
  • Finely chop the walnuts (I put them in a paper bag and  rolled over them with a rolling pin). Add to the grated carrots and orange.

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

  • Put all the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice into a bowl and mix together.
  • Add the oil and mix well.
  • Stir in the soya milk until fully mixed and the batter is smooth (only add as much soya milk as needed).
  • Add the carrot, walnuts and orange to the bowl.  Mix well.
  • Pour the cake mixture into the tray bake tin (or between two cake tins).
  • Cook for 25- 30 min.  Once the cake is cooked and golden check if it’s ready using the skewer test (it’s ready if the skewer comes out clean).

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

  • Leave to cool before turning out from the tin and icing.

My cake came out a little cracked as our oven was up slightly too high- we no longer have visible numbers so it’s always a bit of guess work!  It was made to be covered in frosting anyway!

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

For the Frosting

  • Place the margarine and cream cheese into a bowl.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl and cream well.
  • Add the soy milk a little bit at a time until the frosting is soft and fluffy but not too runny (disclosure:  I added too much milk to my frosting!  If you do the same add more icing sugar.)
  • Add orange extract (optional).
  • Spread the frosting over the tray bake.  Decorate with left over walnuts and grated cheese if you wish (if making a two layer cake add frosting in between the two layers).

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

Take a look at the recipe card below and print this Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe for another day:

 

Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Creme Frosting

Vegan carrot cake with a hint of orange and crunch walnuts, iced with orange creme frosting to compliment the sweet carrot flavour.  Vegan.  Dairy Free.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: vegan carrot cake
Servings: 15 people
Author: Claire Evans, Diary of the Evans-Crittens

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 270 g carrots
  • 135 g walnuts (plus extra to decorate)
  • 1 tbsp orange extract (or zest from 1 orange)
  • 375 g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 240 g soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 400 ml soy milk (only add what's needed)
  • 160 ml vegetable oil

For the Frosting

  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 100 g vegan margarine
  • 50 g vegan cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp soya milk add as needed
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • walnuts and grated carrot to decorate (optional)

Instructions

For the Carrot Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. 
  • Grease 2 tins or 1 large tray bake tin.
  • Peel trim and grate the carrots (when making this cake for "fussy" eaters I blend the carrots).  Add the orange extract or zest.
    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
  • Finely chop the walnuts (I put them in a paper bag and  rolled over them with a rolling pin). Add to the grated carrots and orange.  
  • Put all the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice into a bowl and mix together.
    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
  • Add the oil and mix well.
  • Stir in the soya milk until fully mixed and the batter is smooth (only add as much soya milk as needed).
  • Add the carrot, walnuts and orange to the bowl.  Mix well.
  • Pour the cake mixture into the tray bake tin (or between two cake tins).
  • Cook for 25- 30 min.  Once the cake is cooked and golden check if it's ready using the skewer test (it's ready if the skewer comes out clean).  
    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
  • Leave to cool before turning out from the tin and decorating.

For the Frosting

  • Place the margarine and cream cheese into a bowl.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl and cream well.
  • Add the soy milk a little bit at a time until the frosting is soft and fluffy but not too runny (disclosure:  I added too much milk to my frosting!  If you do the same add more icing sugar.)
    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
  • Add orange extract (optional).
  • Spread the frosting over the tray bake.  Decorate with left over walnuts and grated carrot if you wish (if making a two layer cake add frosting in between the two layers). 
    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

Now we’ll need home made cake for every episode of The Great British Sewing Bee- it’s such a cosy, comforting program!  What cake shall we make this week?

 

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Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe

8 Comments

  1. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Susan B
    March 19, 2019 / 7:30 am

    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Right up my alley: cake and vegan! Thank you. Looks delicious. Will be trying it soon.

  2. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe March 19, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    That looks amazing!!! I’ll try to make a variant without sugar

    Eva | Urbanwheelz.co.uk

    • Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
      Claire Evans
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Ooh yes. With the sweetness of the carrot and the orange this would definitely be do able. Do you like sultanas? Let me know how you get on! xxx

  3. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Margaret GALLAGHER
    March 23, 2019 / 10:21 am

    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    One of my all time favourites ‘ our family love it

  4. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Kayleigh Watkins
    March 23, 2019 / 10:16 pm

    Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Looks very tasty, and not to hard to make either xx

  5. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Anthea Holloway
    April 20, 2019 / 5:53 am

    I love carrot cake and this is a new way of making it and healthier too.

  6. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Mel Pennie
    November 22, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    This looks delicious. Will definitely be making this cake!

  7. Vegan Carrot Cake, Food:  Vegan Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Frosting Recipe
    Susan Smith
    February 3, 2020 / 7:49 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious, have bookmarked and going to give this a try today, thank you for sharing

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