Gluten-free & Vegan Carrot Cake
Before starting my Christmas zen, that I preached about in my last post, I just had to come and share one more Christmas treat with you guys! I know I already threw my Holiday greetings and all but when this recipe popped out of my computer I just couldn’t resist myself.
So I just drop this looovely carrot cake on your gentle hands without further introduction, because before I can start enjoying my Holidays I have to run and get couple of small presents and arrange our new home, to where we just moved – because my soul is yearning for a Christmas tree and one really can’t bring such a guest of honour into a chaotic environment, right? And you can also do the Christmas cleaning with a laid-back attitude, like listening to good old Christmas tunes from Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald while eating this carrot cake with the other hand and swiping the dust with the other. That’s quite yin & yang to me.
Well, anyways, this gluten-free and vegan Carror Cake is found from our Christmas book “Joulukirja” and it just so nice, moist and tasty and the spices are PERFECT for the Holidays. It is good to prepare the cake the day before, so that the texture gets just right overnight.
Enjoy, my loved ones & have a lovely Christmas! (Lets see if I will come back still one more time with some new recipe for the Holidays before the Christmas Eve.)
Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Cake
1 ½ cups full fat almond flour/almond meal
½ cup coconut flakes / shredded coconut
7 tbsp flax meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp cardamom
½ cup coconut sugar
a pinch of sea salt
½ cup grated carrots
2 tbsp orange zest (from organic oranges)
½ unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup water
½ coconut oil, melted
1 cup cashew nuts (soaked for 30 minutes)
5 tbsp full-fat coconut milk (the thick white paste of coconut milk can be kept in the fridge)
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp orange juice
3 tbsp xylitol or coconut sugar
½ tsp vanilla powder
the pan: 2 l / ½ gallon foil casserole
Preheat the oven to 175 Celcius / 350 Fahrenheit degrees. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Grate the peeled carrot with a small/fine blade into another bowl. Add the orange zest. Add also the apple sauce, water and melted coconut oil. Mix. Add the dry ingredients from other bowl and mix well. Pour the batter into the casserole and bake about 40-45 minutes, until the surface has a nice tanned colour. Take the cake from the oven and let cool completely. The cake is very soft when taken out from the oven, but it will get firm when it cools. In the meantime prepare the frosting.
Take the soaked cashews, toss the water and rinse the nuts. Place the nuts into the blender. Take the coconut milk can from the fridge and scoop out 5 tbsp of the white thick mass from the can and put to the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add a drop of coconut milk so that the mixture is smooth, but still keeping it as thick as possible. The texture should resemble thick greek yogurt. Check the taste and add some spices or sweetness if you like.
Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cake. Place the cake into the fridge and let it thicken overnight. The following day add some orange zest and sprinkle some cinnamon and/or nut crust on top of the cake. Serve and enjoy! Store in the fridge and use within 3 days.