This easy carrot cake doesn't require much effort to prepare, yet it's effective enough to become a centrepiece on your Easter table. Your guests will never know it's vegan!
Happy new week! I honestly find it hard to believe that we are now well into Spring and Easter is just around the corner. Every year it just kinda creeps up on me and takes me by surprise!
Also, another thing that I find hard to believe, is that my blog is turning 3 this April! Yup, it's been 3 years since I've started this little space with my photos and recipes, so I thought it will be a good time to celebrate with some cake!
Easy Vegan Carrot Cake
As we are only couple of weeks away from Easter, I thought this easy vegan carrot cake recipe will come handy. Because we all love a bit of a carrot cake during Easter holidays, right? That, plus the fact that I actually do not have a recipe for this classic in my collection yet! (But just in case if carrot cake is not your cup of tea, this White Chocolate Cake will also be great for Easter).
What I love about this carrot cake is that it requires so little effort to make, yet it never fails to impress the guests. Few simple ingredients, two bowls and an oven. That and it's flavour! Delicious, sweet carrots mixed with aromatic spices topped with sweet, creamy and fluffy frosting.
You can be as creative as you want with the toppings and decorations, or keep it simple and use the vanilla cream cheese frosting on its own. Either way, the cake will taste delicious!
If you prefer carrot cake in a loaf form, check out this Carrot Cake Loaf from So Yummy Recipes blog.
Vegan carrot cake- the ingredients
As with most of vegan cakes, it's important to find the right bonding ingredient to replace the eggs. In this recipe, I'm using an apple sauce. It's a great alternative, and works so well in pretty much most of the vegan cakes. Check out the notes in the recipe card for my simple homemade apple sauce method.
As for the rest of the ingredients, let's split them into 'dry' and 'wet' ones. From the dry ones, we need some plain, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, some salt and aromatic spices. I'm using ground cinnamon and mixed spice, but feel free to experiment with your favourite spice selection. Wet ingredients include grated carrots (I've used some organic carrots with tops, because I like to use the carrot tops as decoration on the finished cake), olive oil (or vegetable oil), apple sauce and brown sugar (I know, technically this is a 'dry' ingredient).
Frosting is made of vegan cream cheese, vegan spread or butter, vanilla paste and icing/ powdered sugar. Make sure all of these ingredients are at the room temperature, as otherwise you may end up with some lumps and bumps!
How do I make easy vegan carrot cake?
The method couldn't be simpler! Tip all the dry ingredients (apart from sugar) to a large bowl and mix well. Do the same with the wet ingredients. Add dry mix to the wet one and stir until JUST combined.
Like with any cake batter, do not over-mix it, as it will result in more dense, chewy texture. Pour the cake batter into prepared 'springform' tin (loose-bottom) and bake for about 50- 60 minutes until it's golden-brown or skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and dry. If the cake starts to brown up on top, simple cover it with some aluminium foil to prevent it from burning. Allow the cake to cool down completely before topping it with the frosting.
As always, thanks for reading today's post! I hope you will try this easy recipe, and that you will enjoy it as much as I do! Remember to leave me a comment below and follow me on my Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest too!
Easy Vegan Carrot Cake
- 400 g all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 200 g grated carrots
- 180 ml olive oil (vegetable oil will also work)
- 250 g apple sauce (see recipe notes)
- 200 g soft light brown sugar
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 200 g vegan cream cheese (room temperature)
- 100 g vegan butter (softened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 200 g icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 170 C (fan). Grease and line the springform cake tin (mine was 20 cm). In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices. In a separate large bowl, mix together grated carrots, olive oil or vegetable oil, apple sauce and brown sugar.
- Add the flour mixture to the carrot mix, and stir all together until just combined. Do not over-stir. Pour the mixture into prepared baking tin and bake in the oven for 50- 60 minutes, until golden brown or until skewer inserted n the middle comes out clean. Cool down for 10 minutes, then remove from the baking tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cream cheese frosting. Beat all the ingredients together until light and fluffy. If the frosting feels too runny, add more icing sugar. Spread the frosting on top of the cake. Enjoy!
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend that you use digital scales for a more accurate results. I have provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe but please note that I haven’t tested using this method.
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This looks yum! Is it possible to sub the all-purpose flower for spelt flour?
Hi Fernanda, thanks for stopping by and your comment. I haven't personally tested this recipe with spelt flour, but I do believe that it should work just fine. Would love to hear what results you've got!
Wow, this recipe is great. The cake turned out amazing, moist, and spongy! Thank you!
Thanks so much Dominik, I'm so happy to hear that you tried and enjoyed this bake!
Made a two tier birthday cake using this recipe, absolutely spot on. Thank you 🙂
Hi Damon, thanks so much for trying and enjoying the recipe, I'm so happy to hear it made a tasty birthday cake!
OMG...this carrot cake is sooo pretty!
Always looking for vegan dessert ideas for my clients and this one looks like a mega winner! Thanks so much for sharing :). Def keeping this noted for my next vegan dessert party!
Hey Daniela! Thanks so much! Very happy to hear that you like this recipe and that you will be trying it out!
Marisa F. Stewart
What a cute presentation. The cake looks delicious and since I'm not a Vegan I didn't realize you could use applesauce in place of eggs. I've used applesauce in place of the fats and it's worked well. I'm definitely trying out this recipe. It looks delicious and moist. What a great treat!
Hey Marissa! Thanks so much for stopping by! Apple sauce will work great as a bonding agent in place of eggs, however, it won't work as a raising agent, like eggs do in some recipes. Hope you will try this carrot cake some time soon, it's so delicious!
This recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I love how you've decorated it and shot the photos. Gorgeous!
thank you Jenni! Glad you like the recipe and the photos! Hugs.
I really like how you garnished this adorable cake! It's simple but really cute, and would be perfect for Easter. Thanks for the recipe!
Pleasure all mine Kate! Glad to hear that you like the cake and the 'decoration'! Have a great weekend!
One of my cousins is vegan and never gets to enjoy a ton when we get together for holidays. Gonna make this so that she and the whole family will be happy! Thanks!
That's so great to hear Lorie! I hope you and the whole family will enjoy this bake over Easter! Thanks for your comment gorgeous!
Kylie | Midwest Foodie
I've been trying to think of something festive to bring to Easter dinner and I think I've found it! This recipe looks delicious and I love that it's vegan! Pinning for later 🙂
Yay! That makes me so happy to hear Kylie! Hope you will enjoy this cake over Easter holidays!Thanks for stopping by!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
Carrot cake is my absolute favourite! I've never seen a vegan version - yours looks SO good! I wish I had a slice right now!
Hey Katherine, thank you so much for your comment. If I was given a slice of this cake, I wouldn't even know it was vegan! Honestly, you won't taste the difference! And I would love to share a slice with you!
Happy Blogaversary!! Doesn't it fly by? Your carrot cake looks so delicious Anna!! Even though I'm no longer vegan, I still like making vegan cakes or dishes. I can't wait to try your cake!
Awww thanks so much Elaine, you're always so sweet and kind! I honestly can't believe it's been 3 years!!! Time really does fly by! And I hope you will enjoy this bake, it's so yum! big hug x
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
Yes! I love applesauce in cakes so much! Your cake looks so moist and tender! I’m always looking for vegan desserts to make friends. This will be made for Easter!
Hey Lori, thank you so much for your comment. Apple sauce is such a great alternative to eggs, and works so well in most of the recipes. Glad to hear that you are also a fan! And I hope you will enjoy this carrot cake during Easter holidays!
ana | muy delish
What a beautiful cake! I need to make it this weekend since a have a family member that is vegan and she will love it! Me too of course lol! Thanks for sharing Anna!
Pleasure all mine Ana! Lovely to hear that you will be serving it to your family, hope they will like it as much as I do! Hugs xx
Chef and Steward
What I really love about this is how you made real big raw carrots look magical as a decoration! That's a HUGE win!
Thanks so much Kari, so glad that you like that decoration on the cake! It's a great way to reduce food waste and make the best use out of the carrot tops!
Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
What an amazing looking carrot cake Anna! It's one of my favourite cake flavours, so I'm dribbling all over this cake and your stunning images. Great job my dear, as always! xxx
Hey Tania! Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I'm gonna make you this carrot cake next time I see you, now that I know it's one of your favourite! Have a great week babe!