Delicious, moist, and it uses actual carrot pulp! Your non-vegan friends will love this amazing carrot cake!
My mom is alway’s telling us “you need to eat more vegetables.” And every time she say’s that, I pray that she won’t say those 5 dreaded words “we should juice today.” No!! She said it! Isn’t there a way to get your vegetables without having to actually eat or drink them? That’s when this brilliant 14-year-old came up with the plan to bake the leftover carrot pulp into a delicious cake! See, I can have my cake and eat it too…plus get my vegetables. Sort of. Okay not really, but it is a great way to use the carrot pulp leftover from juicing (waste not want not!). And if you aren’t planning to juice, don’t worry, you can still grate a couple carrots to make this cake.
So no, this doesn’t really count as eating your vegetables, and should only be eaten on occasion (as most rich desserts should). It IS after all a cake, with the amount of sugar a cake usually has, and it tastes like a cake.
However it is perfect for your next big event and will wow your friends and family.
Carrot Cake Baking Tips
This recipe can be made into cake or cupcakes if desired. It is an easy assemble recipe basically mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately.
When you mix the wet and dry ingredients together, be careful not to over mix. You want it to be as light and fluffy as possible. When I was first learning to bake, as a kid this was the hardest part for me…I would over mix and kill the baking powder. Gently fold the liquid into the dry mix, but do so quickly.
After placing it in the pan, let it rest for 5 minutes before placing it in the oven.
You can do a double, or even a single layer cake. Even better, you can use this recipe to create a dozen huge carrot cupcakes.
Cake Decorating Ideas
Honestly, we don’t usually get any further than slathering on some cream cheese frosting before digging into our carrot cake. But for a special event you’ll want to make it as visually appealing as it is tasty.
One of our favorite carrot cake decorating methods is to really embrace the carrot theme. Shave some carrots as long and thick as you can, then curl the pieces on top of the cake.
If you are a fan of nuts, add more to your cake by finely chopping extra walnuts to go around the outside bottom edge of your cake. It isn’t only decorative, it just ups the awesome for those who love the balance of crunch with soft moist cake.
Vegan Carrot Cake
This double layer vegan carrot cake is a great way to end your meal. While tasting this carroty goodness, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re getting you vegetables as well.
- 2 Cups All-purpose flour
- 2 Cups Brown sugar
- 1 Tbs Baking powder
- 2 Tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cups Carrot pulp
- 1 Cup Chopped walnuts
- 1 Cup Vegetable oil
- 1 Cup Coconut milk
- 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon. Add sugar, and mix. Walnuts and carrot pulp go in next. In a separate bowl mix vegetable oil, coconut milk, and vanilla. Once both bowls are mixed, pour wet ingredients into dry. Pour into two circular baking pans, and put into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool for 20 minutes, ice it, then serve.
Other Great Vegan Desserts…
Looking for another great dessert recipe to try with the kids? Look no further than this customizable recipe for carob chip cookies! Not a fan of carob? Just replace with your favorite chip of choice!