Vegan & Gluten Free Carrot Cake (Minimalist Baker)

I made this for my grandparents and they loved it! You would never know that it’s vegan and gluten free - I was pleasantly surprised! It’s simple to make, and all of the gluten free flour ingredients can be found at a bulk food store (like Bulk Barn!).

The recipe is by Minimalist Baker, and can be found below, or on their website here.

CAKE

  • 3 batches flax egg (3 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 7 ½ Tbsp water)

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 scant cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 3/4 - 1 cup of (plain and unsweetened) almond milk

  • 1 1 /2 cups loosely packed grated carrot

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend

  • 3/4 cup chopped raw walnuts (if preferred, omit, or sub 1/2 cup (70 g) raisins)

FROSTING optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 8-inch, 1 9x13-inch, or 3 6-inch round pans with coconut oil or vegan cooking spray and dust with gluten-free flour (adjust number/size of pans if altering batch size). Shake out excess. Set aside.

  2. Prepare flax eggs in a large mixing bowl. To flax eggs, add oil and maple syrup and whisk to combine. Next, add applesauce, sugars, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and whisk to combine.

  3. Add lesser amount of almond milk (3/4 cup or 180 ml as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and stir. Add grated carrot and stir. Then add almond flour and gluten-free flour blend and stir. The batter should be thick but pourable. If too thick, add remaining almond milk 1/4 cup). If adding walnuts, add at this time and stir.

  4. Divide evenly among cake pan(s). Bake for 40-50 minutes or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When you press on the top, it shouldn’t feel too spongy, so don’t be afraid of over-baking! The gluten-free blend just takes a little longer to bake. Also, note that the size of pan you use will vary baking time.

  5. Remove from oven and let rest in the pans for 15 minutes. Then carefully run a knife along the edges and gently invert onto cooling racks to let cool completely.

  6. NOTE: This cake needs to cool completely. It benefits from plenty of airflow, and the flavors develop as the cooling process goes on. If short on time, you can speed the cooling by placing the cakes in the refrigerator or freezer until very cool to the touch.

  7. Once cooled, you can serve as is or frost! For frosting, you have several options! See options above.

  8. Store leftovers at room temperature, covered, for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or covered well in the freezer for several weeks. However, it's best when eaten fresh.

  9. Do note that, if using vegan cream cheese or yogurt in the frosting, the cake should be stored in the refrigerator. From the refrigerator, let set out for 10-15 minutes before serving so it warms a bit and becomes more tender. Let thaw completely from the freezer.