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Moist Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease three 7 inch cake pans.  Place a small piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each cake pan.  Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add sifted flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger.  Stir to combine.  
  • In a separate bowl, add milk, lemon juice, orange juice, apple sauce, canola oil, and vanilla.   Stir to combine.  
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir to combine.  Do not overmix; stir until the flour mixture is incorporated.  
  • Next, gently fold in the grated carrots and chopped nuts.  
  • Divide the batter evenly between the three cake pans—smooth the top with a spatula.  
  • Bake for 30 min., or until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  • Let cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled before adding the frosting.  

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3/4 cup earth balance
  • 6 oz. of Violife vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-5 cups of powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream the earth balance and Violife cream cheese with a hand mixer.  Next, mix in the vanilla, lemon extract, and salt.  Start adding the powdered sugar a little at a time until it reaches the right spreadable consistency.  

Assembling the Carrot Cake

  • Remove the cakes from the cake pans.  
  • Add frosting to the top of each cake layer.  
  • Gently place the layers on top of each other.  
  • Smooth out the top layer.  
  • For a fun look, stick 3 small (cut off) carrot tops in the cake. 
  • Decorate with some carrot greenery around the carrot tops to give the elusion that they are growing right there in the cake.  
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