I Made A Raw Vegan Carrot Cake for My Birthday

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This past Thursday was my 22nd birthday, woot woot, and this raw vegan carrot cake is what I dedicated my day to. I am one of those weird people whose favorite cake is carrot cake, but hey, at least I know I am weird. When I was a senior in high school, I had my mom make carrot cake cupcakes for my graduation party….and honestly I probably ate all of them on my own, because what 18 year loves carrot cake. So anyway, I wanted to make a cake for myself for my birthday, but didn’t really want to go the flourless chocolate cake route, because I have done that pretty much every year since going gluten free. This year I decided to make a “healthy” cake that I would willingly eat leftovers of. So of course, I went straight to Pinterest! I searched for different raw vegan carrot cakes, and ended up going with this recipe from Skinny Fitalicious. I had to make some tweaks to the recipe, and I will talk about them as we go, but if you want to follow the exact recipe go to the Skinny Fitalicious website.

Here are all the ingredients.

For the base:
  • Pitted Dates
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Coconut Flour
  • Walnuts
  • Coconut Oil
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Flakes
  • A touch of water
FOr the icing:
  • Soaked Cashews
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Powdered Sugar

My mom was in charge of purchasing the ingredients, and I am not entirely sure these are the right kind of dates to be using. We got dried, chopped, dates, but I feel like they should have been the whole ones that seem a lot more gooey when you buy them. Unsure. Also, I ended up using almond milk for the icing, the recipe called for coconut milk…but someone didn’t bring the list with them to the grocery store. Other things: the cashews we used weren’t raw, because they weren’t available, but because you soak them for so long, it didn’t really matter. Also, we only have liquid coconut oil in our pantry. The recipe called for melted coconut oil, and in my mind this is the same thing. Oh, oh, oh and I used vanilla extract instead of almond extract (because honestly, what the heck even is almond extract).

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Story time:

I had never used our food processor before. So I spent almost a half an hour trying to figure it out. And the whole time I was thinking to myself “wow, am I just stupid, or is this broken?”. I even tried putting it in a different food processor, and had the same problem. Finally I called my mom, and asked what I was doing wrong, got it to work on the phone. Then the second I hung up and unlocked the thing, I couldn’t get it to work. Turns out the food processor was just really finicky and I wasn’t locking it properly.

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And here I had to kind of modify the pan a little bit. The base would have been really thin if I had used the pan as is, and I was not about to have a lame, thin cake.

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Another annoying side note from yours truly, the recipe says that it makes 16 bars! Isn’t that unbelievable?! So I don’t know if I just cut the bars too big, or made the base too thick, or what. But I got about 10 bars out of this.

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Overall:

I love the recipe! My mom tried it too, and said that it was really good, and one of my friends tried it and she agreed. So if you are looking for a good raw vegan carrot cake, this is definitely the way to go. It is relatively easy, if you know how to work a food processor, which obviously I don’t. But the icing is pretty good too, just a little nutty for me. So I should have added more vanilla. As you can see in the photos I tried to make up for the lack of sweetness by “sprinkling” powdered sugar over the top…. Yeah, didn’t really work out like I thought it would.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

10 Comments

  1. What a great recipe! I love carrot cake and one of my favorite things to do is baking so I’m going to have to give this a try!

  2. I love carrot cake ! I would love to try your version as I bet its so much healthier that the regular one 🙂 Great recipe! Thanks for sharing !

    • It is really good! All natural ingredients, it is pretty much nuts, dates, and coconut flour, so it is super easy too!

    • That would be equally as good! I really wanted to do a cream cheese frosting, but dairy free cream cheese just isn’t the same for me haha.

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