In order to come up with new vegan recipes, I spend a few hours every day in the kitchen – trying out recipes, experimenting with ingredients, and making a HECK of a lot of dirty dishes.

Sometimes the recipes turn out well, sometimes they don’t. With this carrot cake, I knocked it out of the park!

It’s so stinking good that I wondered if I should put it up on this blog, or save it for a future cookbook. But then I realized that with the crazy times we’re living in, the world could use a little more carrot cake. So here it is, friends – my gift to you!

Vegan Carrot Cake

A slice of carrot cake with white frosting and chopped nuts on top, on a plate with a fork and a cup of coffee.

I studied many different carrot cake recipes while working on this cake. I knew wanted my vegan carrot cake to be:

  • moist
  • light
  • have visible carrot
  • decadent & delicous!
A close-up image of a bite size piece of carrot cake with frosting on a fork.

Luckily, that is exactly how the cake turned out. The texture and flavor are perfect. And with the slight tang of the cream cheese frosting? Oh my. You are in for a treat!

Baking Notes

There are a few ways you can go about shredding the carrots. I used a mandoline slicer that has a shredding blade, and it worked perfectly for this recipe. My mandoline slicer is this one by Borner and it’s probably the best one money can buy. They’re pricey but you can probably find a decent used one on Ebay for a lot less (which is what I did!).

Other things that would work for shredding the carrots include cheese graters (use the smallest blade holes if you have a choice) and food processors (with shredding attachment), or if you have a grater attachment for your stand mixer, that would work too.

Top down view of a whole carrot cake with one slice removed, a slice of carrot cake on a plate, and cup of coffee on a table with a white tablecloth.

This carrot cake would be perfect for dessert at any time of day. It goes well with coffee or tea. I would suggest serving the cake slightly chilled, as the cake and frosting will be a little more firm and easier to slice.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Vegan Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

With thick layers of sweet, tangy cream cheese frosting, this moist carrot cake is truly out of this world.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Additional Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients

For The Carrot Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups carrots finely shredded
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup plant based milk I used soy
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For The Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese softened (I used Daiya)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter softened (I used Miyoko’s)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Topping

  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 7-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and pour into lined cake pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes (toothpick inserted into off-center should come out clean). After 15 minutes remove the outer band of the cake pan.
    Cool cake for 1 hour uncovered, then cover and chill at least 1 hour. The center may deflate slightly while cooling.
  • Remove side parchment. Trim top of chilled cake to make it even. Use trimmings to fill center dent if there is one. Cut cake into 2 layers to frost.
  • To make the frosting, use a hand mixer to combine the frosting ingredients until light and fluffy.
  • After frosting, sprinkle cake with chopped walnuts. Cake is best served cold!
Course: Vegan Desserts
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 3527IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg
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11 Comments

  1. Tisha on February 27, 2020

    Love a good carrot cake recipe. Really like the idea of using the mandoline slicer as well., gotta try that

    Reply
  2. Emily liao on February 27, 2020

    5 stars
    This carrot cake is so delicious! It’s so light and fluffy – and the cream cheese frosting pairs nicely.

    Reply
    • Shannon Hakala on February 27, 2020

      So glad you like it, Emily! Thanks for sharing your review.

      Reply
  3. Carrie on February 27, 2020

    5 stars
    This carrot cake looks perfect! I want a slice. 😉

    Reply
  4. Pam on February 27, 2020

    5 stars
    My daughter is vegan and loves carrot cake, I can’t wait to make this for her!

    Reply
  5. Val on March 12, 2020

    5 stars
    This cake was fantastic!! I made it for my husband’s birthday (he loves carrot cake and considers himself THE carrot cake expert!) and he not only raved about this cake, but couldn’t believe it was a totally VEGAN cake as well. Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe!

    Reply
  6. Mary on March 17, 2020

    5 stars
    I used pecans on the top and it was also delish!

    Reply
  7. Angela on April 11, 2020

    I would like to make this cake in two 9 inch panS, how should I modify the Quantities and baking time?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Shannon Hakala on April 11, 2020

      Angela, I would probably make a double batch and cook the 9″ cakes at least 25-35 minutes, possibly longer – they will be cooked long enough if a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

      Reply
  8. Julia on April 18, 2020

    Hi! When should you take the cake out of the pan? I couldn’t really find specific instruction for that in the recipe. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Shannon Hakala on April 18, 2020

      Hi, I usually take off the outer band of the cake pan about 15 minutes after taking it out of the oven, once it’s cool enough for me to handle without getting burned! If it’s a pan without removable sides, I would probably let it cool for about an hour before trying to remove it.

      Reply

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