Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf
Incredibly easy vegan carrot cake loaf that’s moist and filled with toasted walnut and raisins. I made a creamy cashew frosting to accompany the cake but honestly, it tastes ‘complete’ even without it. 🙂
Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger impart a warm and spiced flavor to the cake. Muscovado sugar (which has a strong molasses content) makes the cake rich and brown upon baking.
Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf
To prepare cashew frosting,
To prepare cake loaf,
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- 1 cup muscovado sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 1 cup soy milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup walnuts (toasted and chopped)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 cups grated carrots
Prepare cashew frosting:
- Soak cashews in 2 cups of water for 2-3 hours.
- Drain and transfer the cashews in a blender. Add maple syrup + soy milk + cinnamon powder and blend until creamy.
- Transfer to your fridge and let it chill.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add flax meal + warm water. Let it rest for 10 minutes (this is our flax egg).
- *After 10 minutes* Add muscovado sugar + ginger + vanilla extract + lemon juice + oil + soy milk. Mix well and set aside (this is our wet ingredients).
- In a separate large mixing bowl, add flour + salt + cardamom powder + cinnamon powder + nutmeg powder + baking soda + baking powder. Mix well using a whisker (this is our dry ingredients).
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, gently fold and mix until the batter comes together (see video for reference).
- Now add toasted walnuts + raisins + shredded carrots. Continue folding and mixing until the these ingredients are well-incorporated into the batter (do not over mix - see video for reference).
- Transfer this batter to a well-greased loaf pan. Even out the surface using a spatula.
- Transfer to a preheated oven (I usually preheat 10-15 minutes prior to baking) and bake for 60 minutes at 180 C / 356 F.
- Once baked, withdraw the loaf pan from the oven and let it sit for about 5-8 minutes.
- *After 8 minutes* Pierce the edges of the pan using a knife and gently transfer the cake onto a cooling rack. Allow it to cool for 20-30 minutes.
- Divide the loaf into slices (you can make around 9-10 slices), 'butter' it up with the cashew frosting and enjoy.
If you liked this recipe, check out this GREATEST Single Layer Vegan Chocolate Cake we posted earlier.
If you enjoy reading and cooking from our blog, check out Nora’s Best Ever Vegan Brownies. 🙂