Ahh, carrot cake. Is there a more perfect cake? I bucket-load of sugar and carrots, mixed in with nuts and a wonderfully sour ‘cream-cheese’ icing. This cake is a double layer cake, and there’s an awesome icing to smoosh in between. The original icing called for a whopping 8 cups of icing sugar, so I have halved the original icing recipe, and other than that I’ve left the cake as it was on gimmesomeoven.com give or take a few converted measurements.
I have a love-affair with cakes, and I could make a cake every day of the week if I could. And as long as I had someone to eat it for me. Maybe when I retire I will open a little vegan cake-shop or sell cakes at the markets on the weekend. My cakes are never pretty, but they taste good. But I’m a bit biased, of course.
2 1/2 cups gluten free flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger grounds
1 TB cinnamon grounds
500g grated carrot
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup flaxmeal in 3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup liquid oil
1 cup walnuts
1. Preheat your oven to 180*C and line/spray two 9inch/23cm cake tins.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir through the flour, powders, soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and sugars. Slowly add in the oil, and stir to incorporate. Add the carrot and mix for a few minutes. A stand mixer makes this a breeze.
3. Pour in the flax mix and stir for another few minutes, before folding through the nuts.
4. Move into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. When the tops spring back at the touch and the sides have eased away from their case, the cakes are ready.
5. Allow the cakes to cool 10 minutes in their tin before flipping onto a wire rack to cool completely. COMPLETELY.
4 cups icing sugar
3/4 cup vegan butter (eg Nuttelex)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
vanilla bean, seeds only
Whip the icing ingredients together for a few minutes, until white and fluffly. Taste the icing, but try not to eat it all. Move to the firdge to firm up a bit – this makes it easier to spread.
When the cake is cooled, spread some icing between the layers, and then all around the outside.