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.
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)
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.
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).
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.)
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).