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Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

by Constanze
Carrot Cake Recipe #vegan #wholegrain

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You must think I am crazy. You don’t hear from me in forever and then boom, two posts in a row. Well, thank my coworkers. They were blown away by this vegan carrot cake and I promised to write down the recipe for them. So, hello there, here you go! By the way, can you believe that this was the first carrot cake I have ever had in my entire life? I was always the kind of person thinking: don’t put vegetables in my sweets! But sometimes you’ve got to change your perspective. And in this case, it was so worth it! Flavoured with cinnamon and lebkuchen (gingerbread) spice this cake tastes like a giant juicy elisenlebkuchen. And those are very good! The cream cheese frosting compliments the flavour just perfectly.

The recipe is adapted from a (non) vegan carrot cake recipe I found in a pretty new baking book called “Einfach natürlich Backen“. It’s a German baking book that has a couple of vegan recipes but most call for eggs and/or butter. Which, as you all know is not a problem at all. In this recipe I simply replaced the eggs with apple sauce. I also used mostly einkorn flour instead of spelt and changed a couple of other ingredients. The einkorn flour is home ground, but since my flour mill broke, I sort of MacGyvered it and used a good old coffee grinder to make my own flour. it came out quite course, but worked out perfectly in this recipe. Since this is probably not working for you, I recommend to use whole spelt or wheat flour instead.
Note: If you don’t have lebkuchen spice I have provided a recipe below. You can use user spice mixes instead, too (gingerbread, pumpkin pie).

Carrot Cake Recipe #vegan #wholegrain

Carrot Cake Recipe #vegan #wholegrain

Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This is a wholesome and juicy vegan carrot cake recipe that tastes just like Christmas! It's full of cinnamon and gingerbread flavour and so good! Cake Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing European Print
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


For the cake:

  • 120 g apple sauce
  • 150 g whole cane sugar
  • 80 ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lebkuchen spice*
  • 120 g whole einkorn flour (spelt or wheat should work fine, too)
  • 30 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 240 g grated carrots
  • 50 g chopped walnuts

For the icing:

    • 200 g cashew based cream cheese
    • 150 g powdered sugar
    • zest of 1/4 lemon

*Lebkuchen Spice:

    • 5 tbsp + 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 4 tsp ground cloves
    • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
    • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
    • 1/2 tsp ground star anise
    • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
    • 1/4 tsp ground mace

Combine all ingredients for the spice mix and store in an airtight container.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a round cake pan (18 cm diameter). Lightly dust with flour to make cake removal easier.
  2. Add spices, flours, salt, baking powder, and zest and mix the batter until only a few lumps remain.
  3. Fold in carrots and chopped walnuts, pour batter into the pan and smooth down the surface with a palette knife.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes for a very juicy cake or for about 10 minutes longer if the cake still appears too moist.
  5. Let cool completely and remove from pan.
  6. For the icing, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon zest in a bowl.
  7. Beat with a hand-held mixer until fluffy.
  8. Top your cake with the icing and serve.



johanna @ green gourmet giraffe December 1, 2018 - 13:57

I am glad you have come over to vegetables in sweet food – the possibilities now are endless – beetroot brownies, parsnip cake and mashed potato boston bun. Your cake sounds really lovely – I have never come across lebkuchen spice but I am sure our German spice shop (gewurzhaus) will have it and I love lebkuchen. (I noticed it has taken a while to get to reading this but I figured as you are not posting so often I could wait til I had time to enjoy reading the post!)

Hans November 10, 2018 - 20:14

Ich bin wieder beeindruckt! Hoffe, dass du dir jedes Mal den Lob aller Leser zu Herzen nimmst. Woran es liegt, kann ich kaum sagen, aber die Liebe deiner Rezepte strahlt von den Bildern die Bildschirme runter.
(ist etwas poetisch gesagt ;-), aber ich ziehe den Hut vor deinen Posts)

LG aus den benachbarten NL


Susan November 1, 2018 - 06:05

Carrot cake is one of my favourites, especially with a cream cheese icing. I love the sound of that spice mix.


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