This Carrot Cake recipe is similar to the one here but it's designed for 8 inch cake pans. It's loaded with carrot-forward spices such as pineapple, molasses, cinnamon and cardamom. A touch of raisins and walnuts give this vegan cake a slightly more complex flavor and texture that is sure to please. Try it slathered with Cream Cheese Frosting.
2 medium sized carrots (about 5 to 7 ounces)
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
½ cup pineapple pieces
¼ Tablespoons non-dairy milk
2 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon mild molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cardamom
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon non-aluminum baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 Tablespoons raisins
3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350F (177C). Lightly coat a 8 inch round cake pan with canola oil and dust it with flour, making sure to shake off any excess. Cut the carrots into 1 inch pieces. Process or blend the carrots, sugar, pineapple, non-dairy milk, coconut oil, molasses, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom until coarse.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Add wet mixture to the mixing bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the raisins and walnuts with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into an 8 inch round cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
When the cakes have cooled don't forget to cut their tops off to make them flat if necessary.
To make frosting easier I recommend applying a crumb coat. This is a thin initial coat of frosting that absorbs the crumbs so the second coat goes on effortlessly and crumbless. After applying a thin, even coat of frosting to the cake place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. After you remove the cake from the freezer apply the frosting as you normally would.
Store the cake in a covered container at room temperature for about 1 week or in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. Makes 1, 8 inch round Bunny Approved Vegan Carrot Cake.