Let me start with a disclaimer: vegan cakes are not healthier than non-vegan cakes. They may have less saturated fat from the dairy...but they're still cake.
Here's another one: putting vegetables in a cake does not make it acceptable to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's still cake.
Damn good cake.
Vegan Carrot Cake with Vegan Buttercream Frosting
from The Grit cookbook
- 1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tb. plus 2 tsp AP flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tb. brown sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tb. white sugar
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 10 oz crushed pineapple in juice (normally 1/2 a can)
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance buttery sticks), softened
- 16 oz confectioners' sugar (approx 3 cups)
- 1-2 Tb. soymilk or water (soymilk is much creamier)
When cakes are cooled, or when you have had enough already, spread about 1/3 of the icing between the two layers. I do completely recommend waiting for cakes to completely cool before icing but it was already 11 PM and I was cranky. Bahaha.
Place the rest of the icing on top of the cake in a giant mound. Spread the icing out and down the sides. An icing spatula really comes in handy here. I'm normally not a unitasker tool type of person but this one is definitely worth it. And it normally looks much better when you're not falling asleep while icing. I challenge you to make an uglier cake.
But looks don't always matter, taste does. And this baby is a winner. You can garnish with chopped walnuts if you'd like. But that had to wait for the next day.
Nutritional information (for 1/16 slice): 370 calories, 18g fat (5g sat), 52g carbs (1.2g fiber), 2g protein
The one requirement I have for splurges: they have to taste worth it. And this cake was worth every. single. calorie. However, I recommend inviting 15 friends over to help you eat it. Or pass it out to your neighbors. Otherwise, you won't be able to resist.
What's your favorite cake?
Mine is definitely carrot cake. Although red velvet is a close second!