Vegan Carrot Cake

I make this vegan carrot cake recipe for Jack's birthday each year. Moist, cinnamon-spiced, and slathered in frosting, it's perfect for celebrations.

Vegan Carrot Cake

This vegan carrot cake recipe is a riff on my mom’s traditional recipe. That cake is Jack’s all-time favorite dessert, so she makes it whenever she comes to visit. Then, I make it again for Jack’s birthday. This year, instead of making her recipe as written, I adapted it to make a vegan carrot cake instead!

My mom’s recipe calls for applesauce, which makes her cake super moist and light. Using applesauce, you can actually veganize carrot cake relatively easily. Along with the shredded carrots, it adds enough moisture to eliminate the need for flax eggs or other unconventional ingredients. As a result, the cake batter comes together with pantry ingredients like all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, sugar, and melted coconut oil.

The results are fantastic. The cake is moist, tender, and filled with warm, spiced flavor from cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Enjoy it on its own, or take it to the next level by slathering it in rich, creamy vegan frosting. Even Jack – a total carrot cake traditionalist – fell for this vegan carrot cake recipe. I think you’ll love it too!

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Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe Tips

  • Grate your carrots finely. Finely grated carrots meld seamlessly into the cake, while larger pieces create a chunkier, less uniform texture. For tender, cohesive cake slices, grate the carrots on the small holes of a box grater or on the smallest setting of the grating attachment on your food processor.
  • Don’t overmix! This rule applies to baked goods across the board. Mix your batter until just combined – and not any longer – or your cake will be dense.
  • Let the cake cool completely before you frost it. The hardest part! Make sure your cake is at room temperature before you slather on the frosting. Otherwise, the frosting will melt.

Vegan carrot cake recipe

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe Variations

  • Let’s talk frosting. The frosting recipe below is a cream cheese-like blend of macadamia nuts, cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, and almond milk. Instead of using powdered sugar, I sweeten it naturally with maple syrup. I love this frosting, but you do need a high-speed blender to get it really smooth and creamy. If you don’t have one, or if you prefer a more traditional vegan cream cheese frosting, find one here.
  • Or skip the frosting! This vegan carrot cake is delicious plain. We also love it with a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
  • Add a mix-in. If you like your cake with raisins, chopped walnuts, or pecans, gently fold 1/2 cup into the cake batter when you add the carrots.
  • Or sprinkle something on top. Sprinkle the frosted cake with chopped toasted pecans or walnuts for crunch, or use shredded coconut for extra warm, buttery flavor. Yum!

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Vegan Carrot Cake

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The BEST vegan carrot cake recipe! Applesauce makes it super moist, and cinnamon and nutmeg give it a delicious spiced flavor.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 2¼ cups flour (half spelt or wheat, half all-purpose)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (*see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup almond milk or oat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup melted coconut or canola oil
  • 2 cups grated carrots
Frosting** (see note)
  • ½ cup raw macadamia nuts (soaked, drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup raw cashews (soaked, drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, sugar and oil.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold in the carrots and stir until just combined.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
  7. Make the frosting: combine all frosting ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until very smooth for 1 to 2 minutes or more, scraping down the sides occasionally. You can add an extra tablespoon of almond milk if necessary to get your blade moving.
  8. Chill for at least 30 minutes before spreading. (It will firm up a bit).
  9. Store frosted cake in the fridge.
*Make sure your baking powder is fresh in order for the cake to rise (since there aren't eggs in the recipe). If your baking powder has been in the back of your pantry for too long it may be less effective.

**Soak your cashew and macadamia nuts for at least 3 to 4 hours, preferably overnight, then drain and rinse before using. I recommend using a very high speed blender (vitamix, blendtec, or similar). For a more traditional frosting, use the frosting in this recipe using vegan butter and vegan cream cheese (such as Kite Hill).


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  1. Emma from

    This looks to-die-for! Carrot cake was always my favourite and I’ve had one incredible carrot cake since going vegan but haven’t been able to replicate it at home. Is this frosting tangy like cream cheese? That’s what I’m hoping!

    • jeanine

      Hi Emma,

      I think it’s darn close to cream cheese frosting – it’s not identical, but the hint of lemon gives it a little bit of tang (without tasting lemony).

      • violet

        my dad says this will taste amazing with pineapple, how would i add pineapple to this recipe? please repley

        • Irene

          I would say add pineapple puree instead of applesauce, or add pineapple juice with the frosting.

          • Emily

            You could sprinkle candied pineapple on top. My cake is now in the oven and it’s been in for about 40 minutes, still looking quite wet and oily. Fingers crossed it comes out nice, I had to give it a go when I read the recipe!

        • Debra

          I added 2-3 Tbsp of crushed pineapple and it was amazing….I kept everything as it was just added this….this recipe is our favorite. We eat it all the time….thank you for sharing it with us 🙂

        • Debbie

          Can this cake be made ahead of time and frozen? with or without the frosting?

          • Jeanine Donofrio

            Hi Debbie, the cake can be frozen without the frosting. Hope that helps!

      • Ruth Bywater

        I Have just made this cake after reading all the rave reviews and it has sunk in the middle. Can anyone advise me as to where I Have gone wrong???

        • Amy from

          Probably just didn’t bake it long enough. 🙂

          • Kattia

            Hi! Does it make any difference in the cake’s texture if I swap cane sugar for caster or brown sugar??

          • Jeanine Donofrio

            Hi Kattia, caster sugar should be just fine. I’d stay away from brown sugar because it’ll add moisture. The cake is already pretty moist and it might not rise well with brown sugar.

        • Ju

          This can happen when you open the oven during baking. Be careful to not open until you really think its done, then do so carefully and slowly not letting too much heat out at once, this way you can check your cake is ready.

          • Laura


        • Cindy Ong

          Yeah just happened to me too! I’m wondering if you had tried to make it again following the suggestions given…if so, could you share if it works?

          • Jan

            Might need a tablespoon of flour.

    • Mark Neal

      Just tried this recipe and it is excellent! Beautiful texture, nice, complex taste. I added about 1/2 cup of chopped raw walnuts, 1/2 cup of chopped raisins, 1/2 tsp cardamom, and 1 tsp allspice to the cake. If I make another change next time I may knock back the sugar a couple of tablespoons or so. When I tasted the frosting I wanted a little bit more tang so I added another tsp of lemon juice.
      I have really been wanting a good vegan carrot cake recipe. Thanks so much!

      • jeanine

        I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing…

        • angela grove

          I’v use this recipe all the time ! A few tweak and voila….amazing cake 🙂

      • Lia

        Do you think the raisins made it sugary?

        • Mark

          For my taste, no. I didn’t really notice it even being excessively sweet and certainly not sugary. Perhaps the extra spice help make it taste rich rather than extra sweet? Hard to say because I tried those variations the first time so I can’t reliably say what it would taste like without. I certainly wouldn’t consider this a sugary cake.

      • Roxanna Peterson

        I was wondering what you added all the other ingredients you listed above in? Was it the cake or frosting?

    • Leo


      I tried the recipe as a tryout as ive been asked to make a 50 people event.

      It came out really tasty however i founf the cake to be really moist almost fudgy, could i have done something wrong or is it suppose to be like that?

      would appreciate input.


      • jeanine

        Hi Leo, it’s pretty moist, definitely not light and airy…

        • shlz

          mine came out fudgy too. not a huge fan on texture. but tasted good

    • Alexandra

      Hey guys, I made this frosting – like she says, MUST have a high-speed blender (IDK if the Bullet counts, but it finally smoothed out after 15-20min in there).

      To get it tangier, I added Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
      I also messed around w/adding more lemon juice & powdered sugar.
      And I interchanged coconut creamer for the almond milk (beggars can’t be choosers…).

      The frosting is CRAZY amazing! It’s close enough to cream cheese, my non-veg bf actually loves it.

    • Xenophon York

      My expectations, as with many vegan-izations, were set to low with this specific recipe. This was especially so when I decided to take a chance on a cultured cashew cheese product instead of making my own. (Hey, it had the lemon in it already and I had a bad experience with homemade cashew ice-cream one time.) Now, the macadamias I did do from scratch. Though, I did let them soak for twenty-four hours. Also, while on the topic of the is-this-going-to-taste-ANYTHING-like-cream-cheese-frosting, let me also mention that I used a bit more macadamias than the recipe called for. (Again, not a good experience with that cashew ice-cream.)

      Okay, so, this carrot cake is my new favorite vegan conversion. Just fantastic.

      I’ll probably use brown rice syrup next time in lieu of the granulated sugar (and a significant amount less—I don’t need my food as sweet).

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Ha, I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for coming back to let me know!

    • Nikki

      This sounds yummy. Gonna def give it a spin when I get the time to! Vegan baking has continued to be far tastier than non-vegan!

    • Emily

      This was AMAZING!!! I loved it. I made it as part of my gift for my two year anniversary with my boyfriend. He’s vegan as well and his favorite cake is carrot cake and he said this was the best carrot cake he’s ever had 🙂
      The only substitution I used was Silk dairy-free plain yogurt instead of the coconut oil. I never use oil in my cooking since I’ve found dairy-free soy or coconut yogurt works just as well 🙂 It bakes the exact same. So for all the people trying to eat a lower-fat diet, I highly recommend dairy-free yogurt as a perfect substitute for oil, it tastes just as amazing! 🙂
      It saves 1,090 calories and 133g of fat for the whole cake, or for one slice (1/8 of cake) 130 calories and 17g of fat.

      • Michele

        Do you substitute the same quantity of Silk Dairy free yogurt for oil – 1/2 cup?

        • Emily

          Yes I substituted the same amount of Silk Dairy free yogurt for oil, 1/2 of a cup, or almost an entire 5.3 oz container.

      • Bethany

        I also prefer lower-fat versions. Did you make the frosting as-is?

        • Emily

          I used only cashews instead of macadamia nuts for the frosting since they tend to have more healthy fats instead of saturated and just less fat in general. (One cup of macadamia has 84g but 1 cup of cashews has 45g) I also did not put lemons in it but otherwise made it the same way.
          I did not make a low fat icing because my boyfriend has genetic (type 1) diabetes and really surgary but low fat icing is bad for him. Even with this icing, It only had about 6g of fat per slice though.

        • Emily

          I also used the organic Truvia sugar baking blend instead of sugar because it has 75% less calories than sugar but tastes just as sweet and amazing 🙂 It also saves about 570 calories. It cooks the exact same too.

      • Louise

        Thank you for the suggestion. I am trying to cut back on oil as well. I will try the yogurt next time.

        I took this to work this morning to share with non-vegans for a co-worker’s birthday. It is the best carrot cake they have ever had.

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          I’m so glad your co-workers loved it!

      • Mike

        I feel like you may be missing the purpose of dessert. As a baker when someone asks me for a low fat alternative I point them towards a bowl of apples.

      • Angelica Lugo

        Send your recipe pleaseee

    • Peter

      I haven’t done it with this recipe, but I would just cut up pineapple and stir it into to the batter in the end. I have used it in other carrot cake recipes with great success.

      As for the frosting, I will be soaking dates in water and then blending them with a hint of maple syrup. Same thing for the cake. It is a sweetner with fiber!

      Can’t wait to try this.

    • linds

      looks great! I’m going to try this for Easter. I am trying to figure out how big the pan is.

      thanks, linds

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        so sorry for my slow reply! The recipe is made to fit in a standard 9×13, the pan in the photo is slightly smaller, but a pan similar to 9×13 will work!

    • Nahomy Perez

      Hi I want to make this but don’t want to make in a squared pan preferably a round one should I add more time in the oven???

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Nahomy, depending on the size if your round pans, you might need two since a large rectangle pan is much larger than, say and 8×8 round pan. The time will depend on the size if your pan, no matter the shape.

    • Stacy

      We had a huge success with this cake! Used coconut sugar and it worked perfectly! We could not use the frosting due to nut allergies, but the frosting we made was amazing with the cake! Definitely a keeper!

    • Donn

      I have made this cake numerous fact right now I have made Carrot Cake cup cakes..little sweeties that are eaten up every time. Great recipe!

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Donn, I’m so glad it’s a favorite!!

    • Michelle

      I have made this cake a million times & everytime it just gets more & more delicious 😋 i love this recipe. So soft & fluffy & the frosting is to die for 💗

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Yay, I’m so happy it’s a favorite!!

    • Brooke

      Absolutely amazing recipe! Like literally amazing .I never had a carrot cake this good. It is super moist and flavorful. The spices compliment each other and the frosting is incredibly light and flavorful. Only recipe I use now.

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Brooke – I’m so glad you loved it – yay!!

    • Stephanie

      Thanks so much for this! It was a hit! No one even knew it was vegan. People went for the carrot cake instead of the other desserts. Life saver!

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Stephanie – I’m so glad you (and everyone) loved it! xoxo

    • Oliver

      This was excellent. I‘ be prepared for a Party and everybody was loving it. Thank you very much from Berlin Germany

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Oliver, I’m so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it!

    • Renee

      Added walnuts, held back a little sugar, loved it, so good

    • Tracey

      This looks awesome! Has anyone tried a gluten free version? If so, please share details. Thank you!

    • bee14

      me too. i like this

  2. Nolwenn from

    Hi ! can I substitute the Macadamia nuts with another kind of nuts (I don’t have some right now in my pantry) ? if yes, which would you recommend ? thanks a lot.

    • jeanine

      Just double the cashews! (1 cup total)

      • Nolwenn from

        It was my first instinct but I prefered to ask. thanks !

  3. sara from

    this looks fantastic! i’ve been wanting to try some vegan recipes, this one sounds like it might be my first one on the list.

  4. Wow that looks delicious. I can almost taste how moist and flavorful it must be, and one of my favorite cakes made Vegan!! The best.

  5. Kristin from

    Oh, this looks amazing! Carrot cake is my favorite.

  6. Stefanie from

    Wow! I want to lick that macadamia nut “frosting” off the screen! Carrot cake is my fave! I think I need to splurge and get some macadamia nuts!

  7. Foodess

    Your brilliant ideas never cease to amaze me!

  8. Rosie from

    This looks and sounds amazing, I would never have thought of using macadamia nuts for a frosting, such a great idea!

  9. Adding the macadamias to the frosting was a stroke of genius. I’d love to try this in mini bundt pans!

  10. Georgina from

    I love this cake, I’m always tempted to try a vegan recipe but something always stops me – this looks so delicious though, I think ill have to try it!

    Georgina x

  11. My mom makes me carrot cake for my birthday every year. Now that I’m vegan, this recipe will be very helpful in adapting her version! 🙂

  12. Love the macadamia frosting here! And did you use whole grain spelt flour or light spelt flour?

  13. Skye from

    Oh, macadamia frosting. How dreamy. And vegan carrot cake – that’s indulgence without the guilt. Brilliant.
    PS such pretty photos!

  14. ann

    The “Genie” is in the cake!! The magic you used to make it delicious to ask for seconds!!

  15. Amy from

    This looks so delicious! I love carrot cake and the fact that this is ‘mostly’ good for you makes it all the more appealing! Can’t wait to give a gluten free version a try 🙂

  16. chelsea from

    ummm YES please. This looks amazing!!

  17. Bonnie from

    I have been craving carrot cake recently and this is just the recipe I needed to get cooking! Thanks for posting a delicious vegan recipe for one of my absolute favorite foods!

  18. Louise

    Hi there,

    How delicious looking! I had the best vegan carrot cake when I visited Seattle last year and have been dreaming about replicating it ever since, will definitely have to try out this recipe, looks fabulous.

    Just a quick question – could I use all spelt flour?

    • jeanine

      Hi Louise, you could – it’s a little less light, but still delicious (I’ve done it that way many times before).

      • Christine

        Hi, would half or all cake flour work to lighten it?

  19. Glenda

    This looks delicious. I was wondering if i can substitute the flour wirgluten free flour

  20. Susan G from

    YUM! I just love veggies in cakes.

  21. This looks amazing. If only my oven would work right now..! Need a new one, now!

  22. Eva from

    Thank you for this recipe. Allthough i’m not vegan i try to cook or bake vegan recipes every now and then. And this frosting sounds so delicious.
    Have a great week!

  23. Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely incredible! I love your recipe, and especially the frosting! So neat and healthy.

  24. This looks amazing! And healthy. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this icing.

  25. Morgan

    My son is allergic to cashews. Does it work to double the macadamias?

    • jeanine

      Hi Morgan, We tried it with all macadamia nuts initially and it didn’t really work. If you guys do dairy, you can replace the cashews with mascarpone cheese.

  26. Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing! Love that macadamia nut frosting. Carrot cake is my jam, so I’ll definitely be trying this!

  27. Li

    Hello! Thanks for wonderful recipe, but before I get to cooking, please tell me what is a cup. I live in the grams world but ounces will do as well. Thanks!

  28. Julie

    So excited to bake this on Saturday! Just curious what you topped the frosting with at the end?

    Thanks so much!

  29. Vicki from

    That frosting looks divine, so creamy and delicious! And I’m always up for carrot cake ( have never tried a vegan version before, only gluten-free).
    I really hope my food processor survives this because I want to try the frosting as soon as I get home! 🙂
    What food processor do you have, or can you recommend a good one?

    Xo Vicki

    • jeanine

      Hi Vicky,

      I use a Vitamix Blender for creamy frostings (like this), soups, and cashew-based sauces. I have a mini cuisinart that I use for pesto’s and other recipes that don’t have to be as smooth. Hope that helps!

  30. Vicky

    Cake is in the oven!! Got macadamias but no cashews in the house – what about almonds or peanuts or walnuts or hazelnuts???? Making this for my son’s birthday and the frosting sounds delicious.

  31. Mariana from

    Hello! Looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it! Just one question… is there anything I can use instead of applesauce? It’s not easy to get that over here. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      Thanks! If you’re not vegan, you can use yogurt in place of the applesauce.

      • Mariana from

        Uh, thanks for the quick response! I’m vegan though… any ideas about what I can use instead? Thanks!

        • jeanine

          I’m not exactly sure – I haven’t tested another replacement. More almond milk might work, but it also might change the texture of the cake.

          • Tara

            I just made it with marmalade and it was delicious

        • K

          I live overseas and finding unsweetened, healthy applesauce is also either very difficult — or very expensive!! I started making my own. It’s soooo simple (assuming you can get apples! 🙂

          8 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
          1-1/4 c. (300 mL) water
          1/2 c. (125 mL) sugar or honey (depending on vegan or not. Also, I’ve lessened/omitted as my families tastes have changed)
          1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

          Simmer over medium-low heat until apples are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. OR put in slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours.

          • Mariana from

            Thank you K! It sounds pretty easy to make, I will give it a try! 🙂

  32. Vicky from

    Love the sound of this — especially the vegan frosting! Will have to try this for sure!

    • Vicky from

      I’d love to share this post on my blog in a post where I share my favorite recipe finds of the week. Would it be ok to grab a photo from this post (with link back to your post of course)? Just wanted to double check : )

  33. May

    This looks delicious and i’m dying to make it. But can I use something else instead of sugar and maple syrup or can I just leave these two out? I like bananas is that okay?

    • jeanine

      Hi May, I really can’t say if bananas would work as a sugar replacement without trying it (they’re not the same consistency so it wouldn’t be an equal 1 to 1 swap). I don’t think it would work to leave all sugars out because it is a dessert, so it’s going to need some sweetness!

  34. Leslee

    Good Day,

    Recipe looks great. Trying to do a birthday cake for daughter. Can I freeze the icing?

    • jeanine

      Hi Leslee,

      I don’t think it would freeze (and thaw) well, but you could make it a day in advance and chill it in the fridge. Stir it before you spread it. If its too thick stir in a little more almond milk.

  35. Meg

    I wanted to ask if there is any way to modify this recipe for someone who is vegan and also allergic to gluten. I would love to make this as a surprise for a good friend of mine but she can’t go anywhere near gluten as she is highly sensitive. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      Hi Meg, you could use oat flour, or a combination of oat flour and almond meal, or an all-purpose gluten free baking mix such as Pamela’s. Hope that helps!

  36. sharon weaver

    Are there any comments by those who actually made this? All the comments anticipate making it, but I like to read about results!

  37. Mo

    Sharon Weaver, you read my mind ha ha! I generally don’t comment until after I’ve tried the recipes. I will say that I have every intention of making this Fathers Day weekend and will be commenting after. I will say that everything I have made off of this blog has been nothing short of amazing!

    • jeanine

      ha, let me know if you give it a try!

  38. great alternative to the classic carrot cake! also it is more healthy

  39. Hannah

    Just made this this evening. It is delicious! The nicest carrot cake I’ve ever made 🙂 The frosting took a while but tastes lovely… My husband says it’s a little grainy but perhaps I didn’t blend it long enough. Does it ever get totally smooth? Thank you.

  40. Mo

    I made this cake tonight…and oh mee gee. It is the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter but I love experimenting. I’m at my folks for the weekend so I used their blender. (an Osterizer which they received as a wedding gift 38 years ago!) I was worried about how the frosting would turn out, but I was patient and blended for quite a while, and added a splash more almond milk and it turned out beautifully. I gave my dad a nice large slice without telling him it was vegan until after he finished…he really couldn’t believe it. He asked for 2nds! We are talking about a meat + potatoes / refined sugar kind of man here. I can’t rave enough about this recipe, I had to hold back from eating half the cake!

    • jeanine

      Ha – I’m so glad you and your family liked it – I love it when I can win over the “meat & potatoes” folks 🙂

  41. Joanne Kennedy

    Hello. I tired this and it’s delish. I have extra frosting and just curious as to how long it will keep in the fridge. Thanks

    • jeanine

      glad you liked it! It’ll keep about 4-5 days, it might separate, but just stir it as you’re ready to use it again…

  42. Erin

    @ Mo, thanks for adding that you used an Osterizer blender. I was nervous about making it with my $30/older Oster blender. I might start it in the food processor and then transfer to the blender? If anyone has any other suggestions for a non-high powered blender let me know! I’ll post back later if it works out for me. This frosting just looks to yummy to not give it a try.

  43. I’ve been looking for a carrot cake recipe like this one! Pure heaven in a baking dish! Thanks!

  44. Mabel

    English girl here. Is one cup equal to 4oz? Many thanks

    • jeanine

      1 cup = 8 oz. (One day we’ll offer both forms of measurements in our recipes!)

  45. kris

    I ahve to admit i’m not an expert in baking, but i tried it, as it looked wonderful, but was a bit suspicious about the dry/wet ratio.. I put slightly more flour (like a couple of teaspoons of flour) as the mix looked really runny, but the cake was completely uncooked. It raised then collapsed, was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. Are you guys sure that it only needs such little flour and so much liquids? Or could it be the wrong temperature? I put my fan assisted oven at 220, which is the max, you wrote it should be 325. So disappointing to throw it in the trash. Any idea what i did wrong? Thanks

    • jeanine

      Hi Kris, I’ve made this recipe tons of times, I would recommend following it exactly and baking it at 325 (Fahrenheit).

    • Bonny

      Kris sounds like your oven is Celcius, and not Farenheit. You have to halve Farenheit to get Celsius. So you should have used 175 degrees. Sounds like your oven was way too hot 🙁 Sorry.

  46. Sarah from

    This looks so delicious ! I’ve just always loved carrot cake, and now a vegan one ?! perfeccct

  47. Caitlin

    I am going to make this for my boyfriend for his birthday! I don’t have a metal baking pan though…has anyone made it with a glass baking dish? If so, did you modify the recipe? I can try to find a baking pan from someone if necessary but I was just wondering if the glass dish would do. Thank you!

    • jeanine

      Hi Caitlin, I usually make it in a glass pan (and the dish pictured is ceramic, not metal). Should be fine 🙂

  48. Danielle

    My frosting stayed pretty runny after refrigerating. I think next time I’ll reduce the almond milk. Do you have any other suggestions that might work? It still tasted amazing and my dad licked his plate clean. This recipe is amazing. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      Hi Danielle,

      Yep, just reduce the almond milk – if it becomes too thick you can always stir more in later. And/or if you soaked your nuts, you can also try soaking them for a little less time.

      Glad you liked it!

      • Emily

        Cake is absolutely amazing. Mine is actually pretty light- not fudgy like others have said. I found the frosting too runny also- used a thermomix and had only soaked nuts for 4 hours. Next time I won’t add any almond milk til it’s all blended as I wanted to add more lemon but didn’t want it to get any runnier!!!! Thanks so much this is an absolute winner of a recipe:))

  49. Mariam

    Mmmm I loved this recipe! The frosting was delicious! I only let the macadmia and cashews soak for three hours and it still worked out beautifully. What a nice treat.

    • jeanine

      Hi Mariam – so glad you liked it!

  50. Dora

    For the frosting could I use a kitchen-aide mixer, I don’t have a high speed blender or food processor, please help

  51. Karina

    My cake didn’t came right :-(… I followed the recipe step by step. The cake was raw from the inside.

  52. Janet

    Made this tonight and it was so delicious! Followed the recipe exactly and didn’t need to add a thing! I’m not into soaking things so I read that you can just boil the nuts for 15 min and that worked great! This is my first vegan recipe that actually tastes good! Thank you !

    • jeanine

      so glad you liked it!

  53. madJeanne

    I’ve been looking for a vegan carrot cake with a traditional cream-cheesy frosting flavor, and I don’t use those disgusting (IMHO 😉 fake cream cheeses, so I’m very excited to try this recipe for a birthday celebration this week. One question though… I’ve always liked carrot cakes with nuts and raisins (one guy posted he added them with no other adjustments to recipe, do you agree?), AND crushed pineapple. Given that the pineapple is “wet”, do you have any suggested modifications I might need?

  54. Jacqueline R

    I made this recipe into cupcakes and they were amazing! My husband loves carrot cake and has high cholesterol. After 2 weeks of being very disciplined I thought I’d cheer him up with these. He loved them! I figured no eggs and no butter were one step in the right direction!

  55. Jordan Harper

    I made this cake yesterday for my housemates birthday, carrot cake is her favourite and since i am vegan i of course wanted a vegan version. Well, she said it was the best carrot cake she’s ever had! and our other housemates loved it too! it was so moist and tasty, it was just perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe, i will be making it again!

  56. Amber

    I purchased roasted nuts for the frosting recipe, do I still need to soak them?

    • jeanine

      The nuts should ideally be raw, especially the cashews (so sorry I just noticed I didn’t specify that!). Soaking helps soften them so they’ll blend smoothly, so I wouldn’t skip that step or your frosting might be too gritty.

  57. Nee

    Can I use all purpose flour instead of spelt and cake?

  58. Susan

    This looks amazing. Do you think I can use almonds in place of the macadamias, or would you suggest using all cashews instead? I have soaked almonds in my fridge right now and I quite like the taste of them so I’m wondering if that will work nicely as well?

    • jeanine

      Hi Susan, soaked almonds should work, I would recommend peeling the skins off though. (Or you can use all cashews).

  59. esther from

    I made this cake for my vegan friend’s birthday and EVERYONE (vegan/nonvegan) LOVED it. I followed the recipe to the tee for the cake, and then for the frosting I used all cashews and ended up omitting the coconut oil (because… well, I forgot that I didn’t have any and I didn’t have any alternatives). It actually still held up really well and was more of a thick glaze. Definitely tastes a bit like cream cheese with the lemon tangy-ness at the end. Lovely recipe – thank you!

    • jeanine

      so glad you (and everyone!) liked it – thanks for coming back to let me know! xo

  60. Julia

    Hello:) It looks amazing but I don’t have a high-speed blender and I really want to make This frosting:( Do you think if I soak the nuts three or more days it will be easier to my blender?:/ Thanks for your answer!:) I love your blog<3

    • jeanine

      Hi Julia,

      I would soak for 24 hours (I don’t think beyond that is going to make it much better, also they might start to smell funky). I think some others have used a regular blender on this thread – just blend slowly and then blend a lot until it’s as smooth as you can get it.

      Or you could try this coconut whip – you need a mixer but not a blender:

      Or this one with tofu cream cheese (also no blender required):

      • Julia

        Thanks for your answer:) I’m 14 years old and I’m from Hungary, but I really want a Vitamix one day:( It will be the best day in my life:) I was just wondering, that a hand mixer would not work, maybe?! Our blender is truly bad:( I love you:)

        • jeanine

          Ha 🙂 I’m afraid a hand mixer won’t work – the nuts really have to be blended well in order to become smooth and creamy. I’d try the coconut whip link that I pasted above, or regular cream cheese icing – both would work with a hand mixer.

  61. Christina Jhee

    Wondering if you have tried using all AP flour instead of the spelt and cake flour. Thanks! 😉

  62. Jamie

    I have whole wheat flour and all purpose flour on hand. I also have cornstarch so I could mix up some cake flour if need be. Would any of these work without changing the taste of the cake? If so, which one would work the best or what blend of flours would taste best?

    Also, would unsweetened almond coconut milk work in both the cake and frosting? Is almond breeze sweet?

    When you say grated carrots, what would be better…shredded carrots or carrots thrown in a food processor?

    Thank You!!!

    • jeanine

      Hi Jamie, you can use all purpose flour or a mix of white/wheat. Unsweetened almond coconut milk would be fine. You can put the carrots in a food processor, just don’t puree them. Hope that helps!

  63. Sarah

    Hi! I can’t wait to try this! Can i make my own almond milk for this recipe? Also, can I use almonds instead of macadamia nuts for the frosting? Thanks 🙂

  64. Elizabeth

    Finally! A Vegan frosting recipe that’s free of refined sugar and packed with healthy fats and protein! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’d like to find a replacement for the sugar in the cake itself- do you think dates or maple syrup might work here too?

    • jeanine

      Hi ELizabeth, I’ve used maple syrup in the cake before – it’ll just come out a little bit more flat, you might want to increase the baking powder by a 1/2 teaspoon or so.

      • Elizabeth

        Thank you! It turned out great!

  65. Etienne

    Hi Jeanine,
    For the frosting, does the coconut oil need to be neutral taste?
    Have you tried using both neutral and non-neutral? If so, which do you recommend? Thank you!

    • jeanine

      Either would work – I always buy unrefined coconut oil (which tastes pretty coconut-y out of the jar), but I don’t really taste coconut in this recipe. Although I really like the flavor of coconut so if it bothers you probably use a a neutral one…

  66. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I’ve been vegan for 15 years & have not found such a more delicious recipe than this; perfect texture & taste. My boyfriend who is new to the vegan life-style loved his birthday cake! Thanks again.

  67. Mia

    Can you make the batter ahead?

    • jeanine

      Hi Mia, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you want to save time, you can mix the dry ingredients ahead of time, but definitely wait to add the wet ingredients until you’re ready to bake it.

  68. Erika

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!! I made this exact recipe for a group of large meat-eating military men and they all loved it!

  69. Johnnie

    This recipe is amazing! I made this exactly as written and I am so in love! Thank you for sharing this with us! I will definitely be making it again….thinking for Easter….and after I can get some running miles in to counter the amount of this cake I have consumed! My sons non-veg friends came over (10 years old) and ate several squares of this and they loved the flavor! Huge hit! 🙂

  70. Chris

    Do you think the 1/2 cup oil can be replaced with applesauce which would make it a total of 1 cup? TIA!

    • jeanine

      Hi Chris – I’m not sure that would work – I think it might make it too dense and/or gummy.

      • Phoebe

        Hi – just to say that I replaced the oil with 1/2 cup of shredded apple, and it came out great. It’s light and moist and it browned well. Although I did replace the flax eggs with boxed egg replacer – I don’t know whether that changes anything. (Great recipe by the way – my dad’s only complaint is that there wasn’t enough cinnamon, but he says that about all of my bakes!)

  71. Christine

    Can I ask what you soak the nuts in? Almond milk or water or something else?

    • jeanine

      Hi Christine, just plain water. Then drain and rinse them before you add to the blender.

  72. llum

    Can I use Agave instead of sugar? or can i avoid adding sugar because my dad is diabetic. Thanks a lot from Barcelona

  73. Have just shared this on my blog! Thanks for the delicious recipe 🙂

  74. Stacey Pavia

    The carrot cake came out delicious. It was super moist and just smells really good. My roommates said it was really tasty. My only complaint is that the frosting is an acquired taste but after a while it taste like cream cheese. It could have done better with another frosting I feel.

  75. Antonina

    Hello! I am looking to make a double layered cake, and I love the idea of using this frosting. Do you think it is stiff enough to cling to the sides of a cake?

    Thank you!

    • jeanine

      Hi Antonina, this frosting might be too thick – I’m not sure if it’ll cling to the side of a cake without eventually sliding off…

  76. Amanda

    So I have a Ninja- do you think that would work to make the frosting??

  77. rae

    Thank you for sharing! This was so, so yummy. As a non-baker, this is a recipe I would feel comfortable reaching for in a pinch.

    I made some minor adjustments: cut cane sugar in cake batter to half (carrot = plenty of natural sweetness) and used almond milk, agave, and only cashews in the frosting. I didn’t have any lemon so used 2 tbsps of regular vinegar + 2 tbsps of crushed, frozen pineapple. The frosting came out velvety smooth, and its tartness balanced the sweet cake.

    I used 2 cups spelt, 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour. It came out perfect for me: somewhat toothy but not super sense.

    Just in case any other fellow noobs out there run into this problem: when I first mixed the melted coconut oil into the batter, it completely started to chunk up (separation from the almond milk, probably due to temperature difference? Or maybe it’s similar to water/oil??). Anyhoo, I had to melt it down in a double boiler before proceeding with remaining steps.

    • jeanine

      Hi Rae, I’m glad you liked it, thanks for sharing your substitutions, sounds delicious. Thanks for pointing out the coconut oil thing – in more recent recipes I try to make sure to specify almond milk at room temp so that doesn’t happen.

  78. zarah

    this recipe looks divine and i cannot wait to try it out tomorrow! i was just wondering, what could i sub the oil for. more applesauce or will the texture be off? pls lmk. im sure this will be heaven! (:

  79. Tracy

    I’m making this for my husbands bday now and it’s been in the oven for over an hour and still is super dense/gooey. Not cakelike at all. I used a metal 9″ round. I’m leaving it in the oven with hopes it’ll cook more but I don’t think it will because it’s gooey even just under the top. Any suggestions?

    • jeanine

      Oh no, I’m so sorry it’s not working out! I think maybe the smaller pan (I used a 9×13) might have made it too heavy to rise well?

      • Tracy

        Ahhh gotcha. Thank you! Sigh…
        The flavor is still delicious, especially with the frosting!!

  80. Rebecca

    Tried this recipe for my husbands birthday with cupcakes! It is awesome & everyone loved it!! I added 2 tbs of ground flax meal and 6 tbs of warm water (flax eggs) super moist! Thank you for this recipe and the frosting is genius. : )

    I was wondering what the nutrition value for this recipe would be?

    • jeanine

      Thanks for coming back to let me know! Glad everyone loved it 🙂

  81. aileen

    I made this for a work gathering at 530 am this morning. I made it using a gluten free flour blend I whipped up, added walnuts and golden raisins and used lite coconut milk instead of almond. Iced with another recipe I have. Typing it out it seems like I made many modifications, but really this was nice base recipe for a DELICIOUS CARROT CAKE (first I’ve ever made). Very simple, straightforward, and it GOT RAVE REVIEWS!! One small slice left with my name on it (6 pm). Just making a cup of tea and then its gone. Will definitely make again.

    • jeanine

      I’m so glad you (and everyone) liked it!

  82. Esther

    Wow, I’ve made this cake about 5 times now (and sold 4 of them) and the reviews were amazing. They sold in half a day! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe, it’s one of my favorite vegan recipes.

    • jeanine

      Hi Esther, I’m so happy to hear that!!

  83. aileen

    Ok, so I just made this recipe, gluten free, for the second time in 3 days. I learned from first go round (which got rave reviews, but I knew it could it be better :)) and I am absolutely thrilled with the results.

    Gluten Free Flour Mix: 126g millet (4.44oz), 94.5g sweet rice flour(3.33oz), 94.5g tapioca starch (3.33oz) + 1 tsp xanthan gum

    Added: 3/4 c walnuts, 3/4 c raisins, 3/4 c shredded coconut.
    Kept liquid ratios same because I subbed 3/4 c drained crushed pineapples instead of the applesauce

    Made 24 carrot cake cupcakes.

    Brilliant Recipe. Will make time and time again.

    • jeanine

      I’m so glad you liked it – thanks for sharing your gluten free mix! I’ll have to try it next time 🙂

  84. Lia


    Great recipe, awesome taste!
    I’d bookmarked it for about a year until I finally tried the recipe for a friend’s birthday today – and it turned out well! Only the dough was a little too dense, I think that’s because of the smaller baking pan, and the frosting was nice but not great, maybe because I used cashews only. I’m curious to try again with macadamia nuts.

    Anyways, I’m delighted it turned out so well though it was my first try!
    Thanks from Dresden, GER! 🙂

  85. Sienna

    This turned out well! I used a little less than half the sugar. So you know: it’s doable but tastes more like sweet bread and less like cake. Although with a sweet frosting it’s fine.
    I also made this gluten free using a GF flour mix. I used coconut milk instead of almond. It was very dense, dry, and not extremely carrot-y. I don’t know if this is a result of the flour, the carrots being fresh and not pre-cooked, or the batter being quite thick (I probably should have added more fluids).

    I did not make the frosting.

  86. Jean Petit

    Hi!!! This recipe seems lovely, here in Brazil our carrot cake is different (it lacks the spices and nuts yours usually have, and we often use chocolate frosting instead of cream cheese), and I really want to try to do this one for my birthday, because it sounds really good!

    I have a question, though: can I use soy milk instead of almond milk? Almond milk is not easy to find around here, and making my own would be a bit expensive. Do you think it would change drastically the taste/texture? Thank you!

  87. Jenny

    I just wanted to say I made this recipe for my daughter’s first birthday. I used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached all purpose flour. I also reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and used coconut sugar. I made coconut whipped topping. She LOVED it (and so did we).

    Thank you so much!

  88. MD

    Hi, my family is Lacto-vegetarian so I was wondering if I could just replace the Almond milk with dairy milk? Also, since I have all purpose flour on hand only, is it fine to use that in place of spelt and cake flour? Finally, can you replace the coconut oil with melted butter? Sorry for asking so many questions, I’m just worried all the substitutions might ruin what looks like a great carrot cake recipe.

    • jeanine

      Those replacements should all be fine – the only one I’m not sure about (I haven’t tried), is the melted butter, but I’ve used vegetable/canola oil before.

      Hope that helps!

  89. Mark from N

    This looks great! Can I use soy flour for this recipe? Its a good source of protein but when I tried to make pancakes with it they turned out a gloppy mess. If I can use soy flour, how much can I use & if I need to combine it with regular flour/whole wheat flour?

    • jeanine

      I’ve never used soy flour so I’d recommend searching for a recipe online that uses it specifically… I’m guessing if it didn’t work as a 1-1 swap for pancakes that it would make for a funny texture in this recipe.

      • Mark from N

        Thank you, I will probably end up using white whole wheat flour. Can’t wait to try it!

  90. terlisha

    I have made 2 of these cake within a week’s time because it was that good. It taste better and even more moist than baking a non vegan based cake. Awesome recipe.

  91. mllemelissag

    Just made this into cupcakes, and they are out of this world. The vegan “cream cheese” frosting, is better than the real thing! I added more lemon to give it more tanginess as someone suggested above, and I licked the vitamix, spatula, and chilling bowl clean, lol.
    Great recipe, thank you! The birthday boy and his colleagues will be thrilled!

    • jeanine

      I’m so glad – thanks for coming back to let me know! So glad the birthday boy approved 🙂

      • Chloe

        How did you convert the baking times to make cupcakes vs cake ?

  92. Niki

    Have you tried using coconut flour in your receipes?

    • jeanine

      I’ve experimented with it, but it’s not usually my favorite (it’s really dense). Also it’s not a 1 to 1 substitution, it requires a recipe with lot more liquid than recipes with other flours.

  93. Denise


    I made this recipe today, but added agave syrup, 2/3 cup. And made the almond milk into ricemilk which was 3/4 cup ( because of the agave syrup). I made like little mini cakes and put them in for like 50 minutes .. (because all the time i check they weren’t done yet).
    But still, the inside is really wet and undercooked .. Is it because i replaced the sugar or should it be wet.. ?

    The cake tins are 1 inch by 4 inch (i think).

    The taste is lovely though <3

    • jeanine

      Hi Denise,

      Since the carrots have so much moisture, I definitely recommend using dry sugar in here – I used raw cane sugar, another reader (in an above comment) had success with coconut sugar.

  94. Belen

    Tomorrow Im baking this carrot cake recipe and Im super excited! I love it, its my favourite flavour and the best part its guilt-free! I was wondering if i could substitute the spelt flour for quinoa flour?

    • jeanine

      Hi Belen,

      I haven’t had great experiences with quinoa flour – it’s very different from wheat-based flours so I don’t think it would be a great swap here. (I’d suggest finding recipes that specifically call for quinoa flour).

      • Belen

        Ive just eaten almost the half of the cake! It is delicious and my family members think it too! I used 3/4 of quinoa flour, 2/3 of kiwicha flour and 2/3 of oatmeal and it did work! It took more time to bake (more less an hour intotal) but totally worth it!!!

  95. renata

    Hi!! Making this amazing cake. BUT i bought toasted and salted macadamia nuts and now I cant go fetch raw ones 🙁 Is it possible to use them, like also soaked?

    Thank u!!

    • jeanine

      Hi Renata – if you got extra cashews – you could double the cashews and skip the macadamia nuts (using the same total amount of nuts). I don’t think salted toasted ones will be sweet and soft enough for this frosting 🙁

  96. Valerie

    THIS WAS AMAZING! I made the frosting in a food processor and although it didn’t come out as creamy as your picture it was still SUPER tasty. This was my first vegan cake and I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing! :))

  97. Blazes

    Hi, could I use all spelt flour for this cake or do you need to have a mix with regular wheat flour?

  98. Blazes

    Hi, could I use all spelt flour for this cake or do you need to have a mix with regular wheat flour?

  99. Annie

    I’ve been craving carrot cake for months now but I’ve recently have become vegan so I was searching the internet for a solid recipe. I stumbled upon this one and I thought it was worth a shot. Let me tell you, BEST carrot cake I’ve had in my life. You cannot even tell it’s vegan–even my roommates couldn’t believe it.

    I’m eating a slice as I speak. Fantastic recipe! I will definitely be looking at your other recipes in the future.

    • jeanine

      Yes! So glad you liked it 🙂

      • Wyzenna Jackson

        Want to make this for my son’s birthday, can I use cake flour? Also, can I add pecans to the batter? I have 9 inch round cake pans, are there any adjustments that I need to make?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Hi Wyzenna, yes you can use cake flour and I think a few pecans would be delicious. I haven’t made this as a layer cake, but others’ in the comments have seemed to have had success. It’s a pretty moist, dense, cake that I usually make as a sheet cake. I would just make sure to check and adjust the baking time to account for the change in pan size. I hope that helps!

  100. Erika

    Can the macadamia frosting be made ahead of time and put in the freezer to be used when needed?

    • jeanine

      Hi Erika, I don’t think this would freeze well, but you can store it in the fridge for up to about 4 days. Some water might separate, give it a stir before using.

      • Erika

        Thank you Jeanine! The frosting came out delicious! It really is like a cream cheese frosting but nuttier! :). I haven’t made the cake yet but will be making it tonight for my sons first birthday. I’ll be using a low GI sugar in place of regular cane sugar and hope it turns out well. Fingers crossed, toes too!

        • jeanine

          Hi Erika – I’m so glad you like the frosting! Hope the cake went well 🙂

  101. Andrew

    I made this cake tonight, and it was fantastic! I cooked it for 30 minutes and soaked the nuts overnight. The frosting was to die for, and the cake was rich and moist. This is going in my quiver of delicious desert cake recipes! Thanks whoever came up with the recipe!

    • jeanine

      Hi Andrew! I’m so glad you liked it – thanks for coming back to let me know!

    • Rita

      I just finished making this cake sans frosting and it is soooo delicious you can’t even tell its vegan it’s so moist and rises so well. I added a 1/2 cup of walnuts to the top instead of frosting but this recipe is DEFINITLEY a winner!!

  102. victoria

    Hi! I’m getting ready to try out this recipe for a friend. I’ve haven’t baked with nuts very much before, so I just learned about the soaking nuts process. Do you recommend drying/dehyrdrating them in the oven after soaking/rinsing/draining them or can I go ahead and make the frosting immediately after soaking?

    • jeanine

      Hi Victoria, don’t dry or dehydrate – soak the raw cashews, then use a strainer or colander to drain and rinse them – then blend! Soaking helps them get creamier while you blend. If you’re using a vitamix (or similar), you can get away with less soaking time. If you’re using a less powerful blender, the longer the soak time (ie, overnight) the better. It’s important that the cashews are raw so that their flavor is neutral and the end result doesn’t end up tasting like cashews. Hope this helps!!

      • victoria

        Thank you! Same for the macadamia nuts, right??

        • jeanine

          yep, you can soak them together.

  103. John

    I followed the recipe and added crushed pineapple. Didn’t turn out too well. I recommend sticking to the recipe and not changing it.

  104. bagus

    hi victoria,
    can I used cashews milk, instead almond breeze,because realy hard to fine one in my place
    thank u

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yes, but I would make sure it’s not too thick (homemade nut milks are usually thicker than the store-bought almond milk). Regular milk (skim milk) works too, but is obviously not vegan.

      • bagus

        good day
        okay thank u for the idea,i realy like vegan carroy cake ,even Im not a vegan,
        regard,from island of god,bali

        • bagus

          and sorry how about the macadamia nuts,what kind of nut I can used instead of macadamia nuts,can be almond or any other nuts?

          • Jeanine Donofrio

            you can replace the macadamia nuts with cashews

  105. Ila

    I made this yesterday, really really loved it!
    I have a question: would it be ok to use extra virgin olive oil instead – I mean in both the cake and the frosting?

    • Ila

      Instead of coconut oil I meant…

  106. Charlotte

    D E L I C I O U S !

  107. Jaime

    Can I use almond flour instead of spelt glour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jaime, I’m afraid it would make it to dense since almond flour has a lot more fat than regular flours (and since this cake with all of the carrots is pretty moist as it is).

  108. Jennifer

    Here are the substitutions I did:
    – 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose and 3/4 cups of whole wheat
    – Didn’t have nutmeg, so I subbed 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (was afraid it might be too spicy, but probably would have been okay with another 1/4 tsp)
    – Used a little over 1/2 cup of sugar for the cake
    – Used half the amount of oil and added an additional 1/4 cup of applesauce
    – Baked using a 9″ round pan (for a little over 40 minutes at 350)

    – Subbed cashews for macadamias
    – Used less coconut oil in the frosting

    Overall I thought it was really good, even with my crazy substitutions. Not too sweet obviously, and it was still very moist aside from the top looking dry. My timing wasn’t very good on the frosting, so it didn’t have enough time to chill properly. I used a magic bullet and after a while it definitely got smooth. I thought the frosting still tasted amazing, especially with a good vanilla, but letting it get cold would have been even better.

    One thing I was confused on was whether or not I should measure the cashews after they had soaked or while they were still raw. In the end I decided it didn’t matter and I just used what I had which was a little more than a cup after soaking. It was a really thin frosting but I’m guessing the chilling would have helped with that.

    If I were to make this again I’d probably try using a carrot puree just to get more carrot into it. For the frosting I’d let it chill and also play around with trying to get it to be more tart.

    This was a delicious cake and my non-vegan family loved it. I’m sorry I didn’t exactly follow the recipe, I’m sure the original was great too! Thanks for the post!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jennifer! Glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing your modifications 🙂

      I measure the cashews before soaking, as you did. Chilling would definitely help, it thickens a bit in the fridge (also, I just like the way it tastes cold). If your blender blade can handle it, you could start with less almond milk and add more as needed for the blade to move. (The less liquid, the thicker it will be). Definitely add more lemon juice (or even lemon zest), to taste, to make it tangier…

  109. Kayley O'Brien

    I absolutely loved this recipe! You are a baking genius! I am not really a cake
    person but this is soooooooooo good! This was by far the best cake I’ve ever had and deffinatly one of the best desserts in the world? I love the frosting it was sooo good! My non vegan family and friends loved it as well. I made this cake twice in one week and almost every one I served it to comment on how they liked the frosting better than the traditional cream cheese frosting for carrot cake. Also serval people asked for the recipe. The spicing is perfect as well as the nice moist texture? Overall thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I am so grateful to be able to share your creative work of art with my family. I loved this recipe sooooo much. It truly is to die for.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kaley! So sorry for my slow reply, I’m so glad you and your family and friends loved the cake!

      • Kayley O'Brien

        It’s fine. Thank you so much!

  110. Jennifer

    Can this be made with Oat, quinoa or chickpea flour? I can’t have any “white” things such as flour, pasta, refined sugar etc. Also, can you use something besides the cane sugar?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jennifer, I haven’t had success with oat flour in this recipe (it becomes too dense and crumbly), and I worry chickpea flour would also make it too dense. You might want to check out these carrot cookies which don’t use white flours and use maple syrup as a sweetener – they’re so good!

  111. Teresa Harris


    I’m going to make this cake for my birthday cake this weekend. Has anyone made this cake into (2) 8″ rounds and used the frosting inside & out? My first, and novice-baker guess is to double the recipe, but I wonder if that will mean some will get discarded because it will be too much. macadamia nuts and cashews are expensive, I’d hate to see them go to waste.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Teresa,

      I haven’t tried making this as a 2-layer cake – it’s very moist so I think it might work best in a sheet pan..

  112. Joye

    This is the best carrot cake EVER!! I baked it this weekend and even my non-vegan friends ate two slices! Thanks for this recipe . . . looking at your book now!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay, so glad you and your non-vegan friends loved it!!

  113. Julia

    Made this for my husband’s bday BC my 2 yo is allergic to egg and dairy. My hb loved it and my son LOVED it! So moist.

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yay, I’m so glad you all loved it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  114. Nadine from

    Hello and thank you for the recipe! I’m going to bake this tomorrow for my boyfriend’s birthday.

    Could you specify if by “vanilla” you meant Vanilla extract, or did you use a powder/paste?

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nadine – vanilla extract (I’ll fix that to be more clear!)

  115. Meg

    I’m super excited to make this cake for Mother’s Day. Couple questions…How long does the cake and frosting stay fresh? Can it be made a day ahead? Thanks!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Meg, yep, you can make it the day before just be sure to store it in the fridge. It will last 3-4 days in the fridge, but it starts to look a little less pretty over time so I think making it 1 day before mother’s day is a great plan.

  116. Nina

    Is it just me or are the carrots somehow oxidizing to a greenish color? Every time I make this I ask myself what is green that I put in the recipe? Am I doing something wrong?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nina, that’s so weird, someone just wrote me say that their carrot cookies (another recipe) also turned green – I’ve made both recipes a gajillion times (and so have others) and this is the first I’m hearing about this green thing. When I googled it I found this helpful answer: Maybe try reducing the baking soda by 1/4 teaspoon?

  117. Elke

    I want to make this cake tomorrow. But I was wondering if I could make it without the frosting? Don’t have the ingredients .

    Hopefully the cake is still good and tasty

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I like it without the frosting! Hope you do too 🙂

  118. Jackie

    Super Delicious…I used oat flour and gluten free flour mix. I also thought I wanted a tangier frosting as well so I grated lemon rind in my frosting along with extra lemon juice. I also added toasted walnuts and raisins. The frosting was a first for me. I learned a lot from making this recipe.
    I enjoyed making it…I really wanted it, so I worked for it! No one else who tasted it enjoyed it as much as I did!…and that’s why everything I bake is what I like! 🙂 Thank you for sharing a great recipe that people can tweak in so many ways to make their own and enjoy!

  119. Triana

    Just made this cake for my dad’s birthday! (with another frosting) It was superb! He will be enjoying it for the rest of the week! 🙂 Thank you!

  120. Meg

    I just made this recipe for my birthday and I am vegan who has attempted many vegan cakes and this has been by far one of the best recipes that does not require odd ingredients such as egg replacements or anything like that! Loved it so much! I did not change a thing on the recipe and did it all accordingly, it turned out wonderfully and the frosting took no time at all! Can’t wait to buy your book very impressed! I have posted a photo of my creation on my Instagram page @thecranberryclub if you wish to check it out!
    Much love x

  121. justine

    Just wanted to contribute to all the good comments to confirm that this recipe is great! The cake rose really well, not a heavy cake at all, yet nice and moist. I even made cupcakes by reducing the cooking time to about 20 mins, and they were beautiful. Thanks!

  122. May


    This looks amazing and looks like it will be perfect for my dad who loves carrot cake but wants to be healthy (so nix on the cream cheese frosting!) I just wanted to know if if there is any way I can substitute the coconut oil in the frosting? Or if I can maybe leave it out? Will it effect the frosting badly?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi May, sorry for my slow reply! I find that the frosting is a little richer with the coconut oil – I suppose you could leave it out, it might just not be as creamy…

  123. Jenna

    I just made this yesterday… It’s already half gone. I used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose flour and used a little more than a 1/2 cup of sugar and it is THE BOMB. I used 1/8 maple syrup in the frosting as well and I think that’s why I keep eating it, is because it is not overly sweet and more like a sweet bread/cake thing which is how I like it. It is incredibly dense and my non-vegan parents love it also! This is one of my favorite vegan desserts by far!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jenna – I’m so glad you loved it!

  124. Leah

    Made this cake for my vegan roommates birthday and it was a huge hit! Followed the cake recipe exactly other than adding in golden raisins. We loved the taste of the frosting although I soaked the nuts overnight so it was pretty runny. We just drizzled it over the slices of cake right before it was served and it was fine. My first time using soaked nuts, but won’t be my last! Great recipes!

  125. Richard S

    Amazing!! Have made this several times and its turned out every single time! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)!!!

  126. Claire

    I made this on Friday.. Flavours were amazing but was so dense and the frosting was far too runny (made in vitamin)- where am I going wrong??!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Claire – if you soaked your cashews, did you drain them well before adding to the blender? The cake is a little on the dense side, although you might want to make sure your baking powder is fresh, since this is vegan, it’s the only ingredient that helps the cake rise.

  127. Nina

    Hi and Greetings from the UK. Big thanks for the amazing recipe. A question a could I substitute the coconut oil for perhaps Rapeseed oil or light extra virgin oil?


    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nina, yes either of those oil substitutions should be fine…

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Although the coconut oil is best for the frosting…

  128. penny

    I just made this cake but had to add applesauce and water in order to be able to beat it. I measured the dry ingredients properly but the half cup of oil and other small liquid amounts were nowhere near enough to make a moist cake. With vegan company arriving, this is a dreadful recipe.

  129. Scott

    The cake part is excellent! I am not a huge fan of the frosting though. Not sure if it is the macadamia nuts or what. I like macadamia nuts, but the taste of the frosting was just a little off to me. Possibly an acquired taste. Any suggestions for another alternative to keep it vegan?

  130. aerobuff

    Non-Vegan review: This cake is yummy! I made it for my vegan daughter’s birthday. (She’s been craving carrot cake for sooo long.) I followed this recipe EXACTLY, and it was PERFECT! (I hate reviewers who alter recipes, then complain it’s bad…hmmm…wonder why?) The cake itself is really good (I might even add walnuts next time…but hold the raisins, bleh!) Without eggs, I was hesitant that it would be flat — but no, that’s not the case. The frosting doesn’t taste ‘nutty’ as you’d expect. Since I’m not a vegetarian/vegan: I think the cake would be really yummy with regular cream cheese frosting. 🙂

    My two cents:
    – I bought new baking powder, to make sure it was really fresh.
    – A one-pound bag of baby carrots goes a looong way. I shredded the carrots fine shred, rather than the coarse shred.
    – Even at room temp, the coconut oil/applesauce/milk mixture congealed. (My a/c’s too cold?) I zapped it in the microwave for a minute, and it was ok.
    – I made the frosting in a VitaMix. Two minutes on high started to steam (Whoops! Forgot it can make hot soup. Choose the ‘smoothie’ setting.) I added the extra milk, which I wouldn’t do again, because the frosting was a bit runny.

    I made cupcakes:
    – I used a 1/4 c. (2″ diameter) cookie scoop for the batter.
    – Baked at 350 for 22 minutes.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you liked it!! Thank you for all your helpful & thoughtful notes 🙂

  131. Dimi

    This cake is delicious!! My family loved it! They were asking me to make it again as they were finishing the last of it! I left out the apple sauce, only because I didn’t have any, and I doubled up on the cashews, again only because I didn’t have any macadamia nuts at home. I will be making this again that’s for sure! Thank you

  132. giulia

    Hi! Instead of the apple sauce what can i use ?
    thank you 🙂

  133. AMS

    This cake was a huge hit, soooooo good!! I added walnuts and raisins on top.
    yummy, thanks !!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  134. Cassandra

    What’s the best way to make this gluten free?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Cassandra, I think others have successfully replaced the flour with an all purpose gluten free blend, although I haven’t tried it myself… I’ll try it next time and let you know how it goes.

  135. Nuno

    I made this using Coconut Flour.
    When it was all mixed, before I put it on the tray, it was very clumpy. Is that normal?
    When it was done in the oven 50 min or so it came out very soft and pudding like.
    I let it cool but it didn’t change the texture.
    Is that normal?
    It didn’t really look like carrot cake.
    Did I do something wrong?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nuno, coconut flour cannot be used as a 1:1 replacement in baking. I suggest following the recipe as written or googling for a recipe that specifically uses coconut flour.

  136. Sonnya

    Hi, can I use soy milk in place of almond milk. My friend has a nut allergy.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yes – it’ll work!

  137. Tanya

    Hi! I wanted to make this for a Sunday potluck. I was wondering if I could make it on Saturday, frost it and just keep it in the fridge covered with plastic wrap? Also is it better eating it cold straight from the fridge or do you recommend taking it out 15 -20 minutes before eating? Lastly, I assume the coconut oil for the frosting is in its solid state? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Tanya, yes you can make it the day before and it’s great cold out of the fridge. The coconut oil can be hardened or melted, it’ll get soft anyway in the blender and it’ll firm up again once it chills in the fridge. Hope you like the cake!

  138. Suible

    Made this today for a birthday surprise for my vegan sister. I had a lot of help from her two grandsons ages 5 and 11 and their two friends. Everything went pretty well. Grated the carrots quickly in my high powered blender. Everything else was a piece of cake – ha!

    My sister loved the cake, but with her two grandchildren helping …. She was gonna love it no matter what.

    Me? I can’t say I’d make it again for me, but I’d happily make it for my sister again …. And probably will.

  139. Michelle From Australia

    Absolutely delicious! I substituted the apple sauce with fresh home made pineapple sauce (forgot to buy apples!) and also added sultanas, seeds and chopped nuts to the sponge recipe. It was wonderful…Thank you 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Michelle, thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank’s for comment about the pineapple!

  140. Seth

    I made this yesterday and was a little disappointed. Carrot cake used to be my favourite dessert before becoming vegan, so I should mention that I have pretty high standards when it comes to this dessert.

    The classic (non-vegan) carrot cakes that I’m used to are based on the “cream method” (i.e. cream sugar into butter first) as opposed to the “quick bread method” featured here (read more here: As a result, I found this carrot cake lacking the rich buttery flavour I love. Also, the texture was too spongy (for lack of a better word), as opposed to being tender, dense, and moist.

    Overall, I enjoyed it and was very appreciative for the veganized recipe, but I think it needs some work. Maybe a vegan carrot cake using the cream method with Earth Balance would be better?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Seth – thank you for your comments. This cake is definitely more of a quick bread, it’s how my mom made it growing up so it’s the texture, etc, that I like. I hope you find a recipe that suits your taste!

      • Seth

        Thanks Jeanine. By the way, I meant to change my rating to 3/5 but I couldn’t figure out how to edit it 🙁

        Also, just wanted to add that I topped my cake with toasted pecans. Will definitely do this again. So tasty.

    • Rebecca Lake

      Try Rebecca Lakes changes in the comment below. My carrot cake comes out phenominal, moist, rich basically the bomb! Check it out!

      • Seth

        Thanks Rebecca! I’ll take a look.

  141. Sue B

    Delicious! I used homemade cashew milk as I had no almond milk, and I used 3/4 cup of sugar. No macadamia nuts so it was all cashew frosting. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for posting

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  142. Rebecca Lake

    This carrot cake is the absolute bomb and I have made it tens of times already. I am eating whole-grain plant-based with no oil, so I made a few changes to your recipe, but believe me, the cake came out no worse for the wear. I used half splelt and half whole wheat flour and I added only 2 tsps of coconut oil(instead of 1/2 cup), 1/4 cup of sugar and a 1/4 cup of maple syrup(instead of 1 cup of sugar) , and a cup of raisins and a cup of chopped walnuts. Once baked, I could taste the baking powder in the cake, so now I add only 1 tsp baking powder(instead of 3) and 11/2 tsp baking soda(instead of 1) and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar to the almond milk. I love that there are two packed cups of shredded carrots in the recipe. I also learned that a 30 minute bake at 350 produced a moist and ever-so-delicious carrot cake. More time would tend to make it slightly drier. This last time I made it, I wanted to get rid of the sugar entirely so I added 1/4 cup of date slurry(made by processing 1/4 dates with 1/4 cup boiling water) instead of the 1/4 cup sugar and the cake came out fabulous. I used Kite Hill cream cheese(It’s made from almonds) with 2 Tbsp maple syrup processed in the blender for the frosting. I will try your frosting sometime soon. I live far away from a Whole Foods and Whole Foods is the only store that sells Kite Hill products. Thank you so much for this incredible recipe!

  143. Asmeret Tesfay

    This is the best carrot cake I have ever try and make .thank you so much for sharing

  144. Masu

    I made this cake as a 2 tier birthday cake and is turned out great!! Was so delicious and got lots of compliment! I made some changes…. reduced a sugar to 3/4 cup, used only a pinch of salt and used sunflower oil. I wanted to make sure that it will rise nicely so used half almond milk and half aquafaba /chickpea water/, half all purpose flour and half self-raising flour. I rarely leave comments but so thankful for this recipe… it’s a winner! Thanks so much.

    • Masu

      Forgot to rate… of course is a 5* 🙂

  145. Jhanvi

    Hi, I made this cake with soya milk instead of almond, and white sugar instead of cane sugar, and it was great! Thank you!

    I didn’t make any frosting and kept the cake in the fridge, and from the second day onwards it was slightly sticky. It still looked and tasted great, but when cutting into it or eating it it was definitely sticky – can’t describe it any other way, sorry!

    I want to make it for my mum this week so I would be grateful for any tips please 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jhanvi, I’m so glad you liked it! It’s a very moist cake due to all of the carrots. You could try baking it a little longer to make it more dry but I personally like my cake on the less-dry side.

      • Jhanvi

        Thank you for the quick reply! I wondered whether it might have been the different milk or putting it in the fridge. Either way, it’s delicious and everyone so far has really liked.

        Some comments above mentioned flax seeds – did you have a version of the recipe before that used flax meal?

  146. loved this recipe! I cut the recipe in half, omitted frosting, and made mini muffins (FYI, it made 35 mini muffins and they took 11-12 minutes to bake at 350 degrees).

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks for the timing tips on the mini muffins 🙂

  147. JuliaPoppins

    I wanted to make a carrot cake for my family for easter and this recipe sounds delicious, but I was thinking of a traditional round, layered cake. Is the frosting thick enough to hold a layer of cake??
    I couldn’t possibly read through all the comments, so my apologies if the question was answered above.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Julia,

      I personally haven’t tried this recipe as a layer cake – this cake is really moist/dense, I’m not sure it would hold up to layers like a lighter cake might. About 3 comments up, a reader had some success with layers but made a few modifications. I’m not sure if she used the frosting recipe as-is.

      The frosting is thick but it’s not as stiff as regular butter cream or cream cheese icing. Also, I’m not sure there would be enough to cover the sides, middle, and top.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

  148. Molly

    Love this cake! It’s our new go to birthday and now Easter cake. I double the recipe and make a double round layer cake. So pretty and so good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Thank you for sharing, I’m so glad this is a favorite! I’m so happy to hear that it worked as a layer cake.

    • Kate

      How long did you bake the 2 rounds for? I’m looking to do a layer cake as well and don’t want to mess it up!

  149. Mrs E.

    I’ve recently adapted a plant based diet and this was the first attempt at making a vegan cake. My husband is going along the ride with me and mentioned there was carrot cake in his break room at work that looked good but he avoided it. As a kind gesture, I decided to surprise him for Easter and make him a vegan carrot cake which he enjoyed. After making the fabulous corn chowder on the site, I had high hopes this recipe would produce something tasty. I was pleased with the results as a healthy substitute for the “real thing”. I chose to not use sugar, rather I used home made almond milk and blended 3 dates in with the almond milk to add some sweetness. Along with the prescribed amount of applesauce, I also crushed in my blender about a 1/4 cup of fresh pineapple, and used 1/2 cup of raisins and a 1/4 cup of maple syrup in place of the 1 cup of sugar. I used a half cup of walnuts, and also chose to only use 2 Tbls. of coconut oil to reduce the oil content of the recipe. I also used only 1 Tbls, of oil in the frosting. The result was good but my cake did bake faster than the 30 minute time, mine was done at the 24 minute mark but I left it in for 30 minutes and may have dried it out a touch but it was still good. The frosting does do a great job of satisfying the cream cheese flavor although my vitamix blender jar has a wide bottom and the ingredients could not fully whip up into a creamy texture. I still had sand like bits of nuts which would not smooth out because there was not enough volume in the blender to whip the ingredients into a very smooth texture. Next time I will use a hand immersion blender and see if that will work better. I miss my narrow based vitamix jar! I lined my glass baking dish with parchment paper so the cake would not stick and clean up was a breeze. I would definitely make this again.

  150. Annelien

    I made this yesterday for my birthday and followed the recipe with just a few adjustments:
    – added chopped walnuts, because walnuts
    – since they don’t sell unsalted macadamia nuts here, I only used cashews
    – and used agave instead of maple syrup

    It came out so soooo good, literally the best (vegan) thing I’ve ever baked! The cake refrigerates well too. Definitely a keeper in my go-to recipes!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Annelien, I’m so glad you liked the cake!

  151. Mo from

    This is great! Before i turned vegan (a month ago) i always made great carrot cake with animal products, so i was hoping to find a half decent vegan recepe. Turns out, this vegan version is better than what i used to bake!! My friends now require me to bake this carrot cake every time they come visit. Thanks again…. 😛

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Mo, I’m so glad this is your favorite cake! Thanks for taking a minute to let me know!

  152. Renee

    Thank you so much for this recipe, Jeanine. I found it really easy to make and honestly think it tastes sooo much better than the diary alternative! The “cream cheese” is so close to the real thing it’s crazy.

    Do you think it would be ok if I froze what I can’t eat? And when I’m ready, to let it just if thaw on the counter for a couple hours?

    • Renee

      Also forgot to mention that I halved the sugar down to 1/2 a cup and it’s still uber sweet! I might even try 1/4 next time 🙂

  153. veffa

    Can these be made into a round layer cake using two cake pans?

  154. robin m

    Hi, I was simply wondering if the circles with a line in the middle for measurement means
    one half?
    I want to make this for my husband on Wednesday for his 61st birthday.
    robin m

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Robin, I don’t see the circles you’re referring to. I’m so sorry, maybe it’s a difference between internet browsers? If you email me a screenshot (, I can possibly troubleshoot what you’re seeing!

  155. Polly

    This looks lovely. Thank you! I’m wondering if it’s possible to leave out the sugar and use stevia instead (or dried fruit). Could you please give me some advice on if I need to adjust the flour or another ingredient’s measurements?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Polly, I’m not sure that would work – Stevia isn’t an exact replacement for sugar in baking so it would likely throw off the texture. I think some readers have cut the sugar in half with good results but I haven’t personally tried.

  156. Charlotte

    I made two cakes of this for a cultural kitchen where I volunteer and it was a hit. I thought it was delicious too and it came out really well even in an old gas oven!

  157. Sol

    Hi! The almond milk used for the frosting has to be unsweetened? Or can it be vanilla flavoured? Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi SOl, it can be vanilla flavored – either one – it won’t make too much of a difference.

  158. Claudia

    I made this cake and the only I ingredient I was missing was applesauce, so I decided to make it without and instead put a tablespoon of water in. It turned out fantastic!! I also added a little more lemon to the frosting 🙂

  159. Kristen

    I made this today. It came out okay. I think I used too much grated carrots. I think it’s a fabulous recipe! Question, will this freeze well? Thanks!

  160. Sol

    Hi! Can macadamia nuts be substituted with something else? Thanks!

  161. Brad

    This looks amazing. I will be making this on the weekend to share with our non-vegan family.
    A couple of questions….
    1) Should I melt the coconut oil before making the frosting or does it matter?
    2) What is sprinkled/crumbled over top in the picture?

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Brad, the coconut oil does not have to be melted – it’ll blend fine either way.

      Crushed pecans are sprinkled on top

      Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  162. Christina Muscat

    Hi, I made your Vegan carrot cake with frosting 3 times in 3 weeks already ; it’s a real hit with everyone! For me, the cake is not pleasant to eat straight from the fridge as it is dense and wet.. so I was wondering what would happen if I do not refrigerate it at all, would the frosting go bad or sour? Thanks in advance for your reply 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Christina – I’m so glad everyone likes the cake! If you’re eating it within a day or so, I think it would be fine to not put in the fridge. Otherwise, I think the frosting will get watery at room temp. You could leave the cake out separate from the frosting if you like?

      • Christina Muscat

        Hi Jeanine, that’s a great idea to keep the cake and frosting separate.. which is exactly what I will do next time I make it for me 🙂
        This week I made it for my friend at work and everyone loved it so much they said that they prefer it than a traditional butter & cream version and now they all want it for their upcoming birthdays! 🙂

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          Let me know if that works better! Ha ha, I’m glad it’s a hit with your coworkers :)_

  163. Dehradun

    Surely this is yummy. My whole family love it very much, So we make it again and again.

  164. Vera

    I made it yesterday and took 1/2 amount of each ingredient, so it was a small cake but OMG was it tasty and eaten in an instant, so full size next time 🙂 I added some raisins soaked in liquour because that’s the way we like

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Vera, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake 🙂

  165. Sarah

    What other nut would you recommend either than macadamian?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sarah – use cashews in place of the macadamias. Hope that helps!

  166. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know how much I ADORE this recipe –– I’ve already made it three times this fall! In fact, I loved it so much I decided to feature it in my recent roundup of recipes using seasonal October produce.

    If you think your followers would enjoy reading it, I’d love if you’d give the article a share. Just trying to spread the goodness that is seasonal eating. Thanks again for all you create!

  167. Green Trees

    Great recipe! Came here to post that I reduced the sugar a lot and regretted it. Added a lot of icing sugar to the frosting to try to make up for it — the frosting is delicious! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      ha, thanks for your feedback, glad you enjoyed the recipe with the extra frosting!

  168. irene

    I made this for a party and PEOPLE LOVED IT. The thing with baking is that I cannot taste the final product until the event itself, so it is also a surprise for me. And boy was I amazed! I felt like a dweeb praising the cake I brought myself, but ultimately it’s the recipe’s success so THANK YOU! 🙂 It’s super simple to make so this is definitely my go-to recipe from now on. I used a coconut cream frosting though, and it works very well!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Irene, I’m SO happy to hear that everyone (including yourself) loved it!! Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

  169. Tania

    The cake looks delicious and I’d like to give it a try, but I’m a bit confused as far as the conversion of cups to grams is concerned (I only use grams in recipes and always convert cups to grams). For example, a cup of all purpose flour equals to 125 grams, whereas a cup of spelt flour equals to little over 100 grams -so how come 2 1/4 cups of both equal to 256 grams????

  170. Melissa

    Wow what a delicious cake!

    I did have some trouble whilst baking it – one area of the cake was just not cooking through. Probably baked it for an hour all up. Areas that were already cooked began to burn so I covered the cake with foil. This helped cook it through but made it moist and dense – a little doughy too. However it is delicious nevertheless and texture is similar to store bought banana bread.

    I didn’t have any apple sauce on me so I peeled and blitzed one apple with a dash of water in my blender. Perhaps made the cake mixture too runny, hence my baking issue. Not sure.

    I made the frosting with one cup of cashews and almonds and it tastes delicious – just like cream cheese. I’m amazed! Will definitely make this again.

    Note I’m not vegan neither is my dad who tried it – we both loved it.

  171. crunchycompassionista

    This was a hit with my omni family! I made the cake as called for but replaced 1/4 cup of the water for pineapple juice, and added 3 tbsp crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. I ended up using a vegan frosting from the grocery store and made the batter into mini cupcakes (baked for 18 minutes). Next time I’ll make the frosting from this recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your family loved the cake!!

  172. Mia Couch

    Great recipe, stores in the fridge well and it’s delicious. I made the frosting a little differently since I happened to already have some almonds soaking in the fridge. Almonds worked well.

    If you happen to have apple cider vinegar I highly recommend it instead of lemon. It made the frosting taste just like cream cheese.

  173. Krishma

    YUM! Just made this cake last night and as a self proclaimed carrot cake aficionado, I give this 10/10. I used half spelt flour, a quarter almond flour, and a quarter oat flour. I also added in 3 flax eggs. I used half the recommended coconut oil and substituted the other half for coconut yogurt. I also used coconut sugar in place of cane sugar. I was hoping this cake wouldn’t be as dense and moist as other recipes I’ve tried, and it wasn’t! I also added walnuts and raisins to taste. For the frosting I reduced the lemon juice and added some lemon zest.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Krishma, yay, I’m so glad it met your expectations 🙂

  174. akhila

    This came out perfectly on the first try – super moist and tasty. I do think the cream cheese is an acquired taste but it doesn’t taste very different from real cream cheese I’ve had in the past.

    • akhila

      Oh, and I subbed mashed bananas for the apple sauce. Worked perfectly.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you liked it! I bet it would be delicious with mashed banana, I will try that next time!

  175. Bee

    Hi! i just tried the receipe and the texture is perfect,definitely will go to my favorites receipes. The only thing i noticed is that it didn’t have so many carrot taste, like it was subtle, in that case should i use more carrot? thank you so much! i discovered this website recently so i’ll be trying out a few more!
    cheers from Argentina!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Bee, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! I’d keep the same amount of carrots or the cake will be more dense and might not rise properly.

      • Sammy

        I wonder if it would work if you boiled and pureed some carrot and used that in place of apple sauce – i think it would up the carrot flavour

  176. Sammy

    This recipe is an absolute winner!
    (I made it using ‘healthy baker low fodmap flour’ wheat flour with no issues)
    I can’t eat apple sauce, so followed the advice of one of the other commenters and left it out and just added ~1T water instead. The oil I used was sunflower oil and the milk I used was rice milk.
    Next time I will bake it as cupcakes and add some chopped walnuts in 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sammy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake! Let me know if you try the pureed carrot – so creative!

  177. SweetSavoryMe

    I am looking so forward to making this recipe! I am going to make it as is, but I was wondering (since I didn’t see any feedback in comments), has anyone used an all purpose gluten free flour?

    Thank you for this recipe. 🙂

  178. Holly B

    The cake recipe is great. I made cupcakes, using 1/4cup batter per cupcake. The recipe yielded 20 cupcakes. Against popular vote, the frosting was hideous. It tasted like sweet and sour cashew butter. Didn’t taste like cream cheese or any type of frosting at all. I tried saving it, but it died a slow death and was put to rest in the garbage. Thanks for the great cake recipe, but I’ll keep looking for a vegan cream cheese recipe that doesn’t make my eyes water.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Holly, I’m glad you enjoyed the cake and I’m sorry you didn’t like the frosting. I’m wondering if you used raw unsalted cashews (roasted cashews have a more prominent cashew taste). Either way, I recently posted a more traditional vegan cream cheese frosting here that you might prefer: Thank you for your feedback.

  179. Brooke

    With the icing – we have a cashew allergy in the family and can’t use them – would all macadamias work? Or do you have another suggestion as I really want to make this but my son is allergic (anaphylactic) to cashew, pistachios, walnut, pecan & sesame.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Brooke, I think it might turn out to gritty.

      Check out this recipe – there’s a frosting recipe uses vegan cream cheese (regular cream cheese would also work). I think there are some vegan cream cheeses on the market that don’t contain nuts that would would work with this one:

      hope that helps!

  180. Sara Santos

    Hi Jeanine,
    I really want to try this recipe and bought already all the ingredients but the only blender I currently have is the Ninja professional 900watts. Do you think this would be enough or do you have a vegan alternative for the icing? Really wanted it to have some nuts 🙂
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sara, I haven’t used that blender so I’m not quite sure how creamy it’ll make the nuts. You can soak them first to help them soften a bit.

      There’s a vegan cream cheese frosting in this recipe that is delicious, it uses vegan cream cheese (I used kite hill almond cream cheese):

      Hope that helps!

    • Sara Santos

      Forgot to mention I would prefer to use Maple syrup rather than powdered sugar in the icing. Do you have a suggestion? 🙂

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        I’ve tried it but I haven’t had luck making it fluffy and frosting-like. So sorry!

        • Sara Santos

          Hi Jeanine,
          Thank you so much for your replies.
          The cream cheese I have at home is the Koko? Would you say this will go well in that cream cheese recipe you send me or would I be better of trying the macadamia recipe in my blender?
          Would love your opinion as not entirely which one is more likely to go “wrong”.

          Thank you,

          • Jeanine Donofrio

            Hi Sara, I haven’t tried that brand specifically, but I’ve tried multiple vegan cream cheeses and they all seem to have similar textures, so I think it will be fine. I think that route might be the safest if you’re unsure about your blender.

  181. Ann clement

    Great recipe. Accidentally added 1/4 cup maple syrup to the batter so reduced the almond milk by 1/4 cup. Came out great anyway. Nice texture and tastey.

  182. Madie

    Hey there, your link for the cream cheese frosting isn’t working I don’t know why I was able to see the “option 1” and “option 2” for the frostings earlier but now I can only see the one using nuts. Thanks!

  183. Cassie

    Is the applesauce help it to rise?? I was curious if I could replace some with carrot puree and add more carrot flavor??

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Cassie, it does help it to rise. There’s lots of carrot flavor in the cake, so I’d use the applesauce as it’s written – I think more carrots might make the cake more dense. Hope that helps!

  184. Naja

    Hi! Can these be made into cupcakes as well? If so, how many do you think I’d get from this recipe?
    Thanks! 🙂

  185. Kirsta and Ruhee

    We made these as cupcakes with a vegan cream cheese frosting and they were amazing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved the cake as cupcakes!

    • Summer

      Hello I’m just wondering if you altered the cooking time or temperature of the oven to turn these into muffins? Thanks!

      • Jeanine Donofrio

        Hi Summer, I would keep the cooking time the same and check them around 18 to 20 minutes.

  186. Amy

    I’ve made this cake multiple times with the cup measurements and it’s been absolutely perfect but I tried the same recipe but use the gram measurements (I’m from the UK) and it was an absolute fail so I think there might be something off about the conversion? Very very dense and didnt seem as though there was enough flour in it.

  187. Rory O'Keeffe

    Can you give the ingredients in real measurements, grams, mL etc. These ones don’t make sense

  188. Shannon

    This is delicious. I replaced two flax eggs for the applesauce: 2 tablespoons of flax meal and 6 tablespoons water. Thank you for the recipe, I used it for my son’s first birthday. We all loved it.

  189. Tanis

    I just made this and it was great. I added about 1/8cup of ground flax just for fun. Yummy

  190. Yang

    Something about vegan food make it seem thrice as good! The color, the taste, the texture, and everything about a healthy carrot cake make the cake stand out. It’s even a ketogenic diet friendly recipe! Have you heard of ketogenic vegans? They sound like a happy healthy lifestyle, don’t they? This would be a great recipe for those wanting to start that keto-vegan diet.

  191. anne

    I would like to try this, but 1 1/2 cups of sugar sounds so sweet. Can I cut it in half? or use 1 cup? Also if I substitute applesauce for flax eggs, how much would I use. Or can I use “fake eggs?”

  192. Santini

    I’m a vegan and this is perfect! I’m definitely gonna try this one! My kid loves carrot cake so much! Thank you for sharing!

  193. Heather

    I made this for my husbands birthday. It was super easy to make and a hit with everyone. I added golden raisins to the batter. My adult son who normally doesn’t eat cake and doesn’t have a sweet tooth requested this cake for his birthday. This will be my go to cake for birthdays and functions.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Heather, I’m so glad you all loved the cake!

  194. Paris

    This is an AWESOME recipe. I followed the cake recipe exactly, except I used whole wheat flour. For the icing, I made a few adjustments by adding 2 tbsp of cane sugar and 2 tbsp of corn starch. I was having a hard time getting it to form some consistency, but then I realized I was doing it wrong. I used crushed up almonds and cashews. I did not soak them, just crushed them. I decided to use it as a pour over sauce. It was actually delicious. It was super yummy and a breath of fresh air as I am a new vegan and did want to miss out on a nice piece of cake. My family loved it, and did not believe it was Vegan. It held together nicely without any egg at all. Thinking about making it for Thanksgiving. Thank you for this recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Paris, I’m so happy to hear that the cake was a hit with the whole family! xoxo

  195. HB

    I have to comment on this recipe because it is so fantastic! I halved the recipe and only used cashews for the frosting because that’s what I had. I soaked the cashews in hot water for 30 minutes and used a regular blender (just blended it a bit longer to make sure it had a smooth consistency). Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! The frosting really does taste pretty close to a true cream cheese frosting. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be making it again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved the cake!!

  196. Nina

    I tred this recipe 4 months ago. People still talk about it. It is soooo good!

  197. Nina

    I tried this recipe 4 months ago. People still talk about it. It is soooo good!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nina, I’m so glad everyone loves it!!

  198. Nicky Coates

    That was so good! I added a splash more lemon juice to the icing as the maple syrup was a bit dominant and ended up with a gorgeous cake, thanks so much.

    A question: we need to travel for a couple of hours to a summer wedding and take vegan cake. If we refrigerated it well beforehand, would the icing survive the journey if the temperature is 60-70 Fahrenheit?

  199. Cassie

    Hi I really loved the previous cheesecake frosting and recipe you used. Is there anyway we could get both frosting recipes! Pleassseeee

  200. MC

    Hi there! I’m wondering if I can make two 9 inch round cakes with this recipe? I want to make this for my bday coming up in a couple of days. And will the frosting be enough for a two tiered cake? Thanks so much! Hope to hear from you!

  201. irene

    I’ve made this for the third time already, each time the people raved about it! And they still talk about it months later! The last time I tried it with Spelt flour, and it turned out perfect as well.

  202. Megan

    Looks so delish. Im alergic to almonds, can I sub a different milk like cashew, flaxseed, or coconut milk for the almond milk?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Megan – yep, any milk will be fine! (not the thick coconut milk in the can, but the beverage type of coconut milk).

  203. Kaley Verbeck

    Does anyone know how I can use this recipe to make cupcakes? I’d like to make them for Easter at my usual family gathering! I’m just not quite sure if I’d need to adjust the recipe or baking time any. Please let me know!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kaley, I’d bake them a little less – I’d check them around 25 minutes.

  204. Sharon

    How long do you need to soak the nuts for the frosting

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sharon, about 2 hours. If you have a high powered blender, like a Vitamix, you don’t need to soak them.

  205. Reena

    Is it Original Almond Milk, or Original Unsweetened Almond Milk? The Original has cane syrup in it, so I didn’t want to make a mistake and have it be too sweet.

  206. Brandy Bruton

    I doubled this and made some alterations:
    I used oat flour and AP flour 3 to 1
    I added a cup of soaked raisins
    I usef half brown sugar, half white
    I did my own spice mixture
    I reduced the oil by half and added half to the applesauce
    Great recipe to help me get started, thank you!

  207. Leilani

    Any recommendations on how to make it gluten free?

  208. Dasa

    Best carrot cake ever (I add nuts and seeds)! Everyone I made it for loooved it too 🙂

  209. Alicia

    I’m excited to try out this recipe for my (vegan) mother-in-law’s birthday. I don’t have macadamia nuts on hand. Can I substitute hazelnuts? Or is doubling the amount of cashews (ie. only using cashews) a better idea? Thanks for the recipe and input!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Alicia, it would be better to double the amount of cashews. I hope you love it!

  210. Sasha

    I loved it!!! I made a couple of changes to the recipe… I used only half of cup of cane sugar, I added a little of orange zest and some of the orange juice. And finally I added raisins. It came out FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing it 🥰🙌🏻

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay!! So glad you loved it 🙂

  211. Falynn

    This frosting!!! WOW!! I just found your blog but this is not my last time visiting here. I am making my birthday cake and had a mad hankering for the cream cheese frosting of my youth. I had to sub out a couple ingredients because of my pantry, but it was a home run!! I am shocked at how amazingly delicious it is. Thank you!!

    PS: I subbed coconut butter for coconut oil, same amt. and Coconut vinegar for lemon juice-1 tsp instead of 2.

    It really tastes like cream cheese frosting!!!

  212. Sofia

    Hi! What flour would you recommend?
    I used half spelt and half almond flour and 40min on the oven but it’s still raw outside and inside . Help please!! I love this recipe! I’d like to surprise my boy for this BD.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sofia, the recipe calls for half all purpose and half spelt, so I’d recommend using that combination instead of almond flour. Almond flour is so different than regular flour so it’s never a 1/1 swap. Hope that helps!

      • Sofia

        Thanks Jeanine!
        And for a healthier option could I try with whole wheat or oats flour and what would be the measurements?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          I would do whole wheat instead of the spelt… so in other words I’d do a 50/50 combo of white flour and whole wheat… the cake would be too dense with all whole wheat. I wouldn’t use oat flour for this one.

          • Sofia

            Thankkkkk you so much Jeanine! Everyone loved the cake. 100% recommended. I replaced the coconut oil for coconut yogurt for a healthier option…. I made this recipe 3 times in one week. Regards 🙂

  213. Ireland

    Made this yesterday and it was SO amazing!! I could literally eat the entire pan right now. I’m not a big fan of super sweet deserts, and this cake is the perfect balance.

  214. Krishma

    Made this for fathers day and it was a HIT! I subbed coconut sugar for cane sugar and used about 3/4 cup instead of a full cup. Also subbed avocado oil in place of the coconut oil (in the cake only. I used coconut oil in the frosting) Added a pinch of allspice. Topped with crushed walnuts.

    If anything I would say the icing tasted a little too salty at first but I added a pinch of coconut sugar and more almond milk and it levelled out perfectly!

    My dad, who is not much of a dessert guy ate two peices!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Krishma, I’m so glad it was a hit!

  215. Anishka

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. So delicious. I used 1 cup of almond meal and used less of the flour, still came out so well and so moist. Loved it!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      thanks for letting me know!

  216. Sue

    Hi, we like our carrot cake cold. Just wondering how this refrigerates and holds up, would like to make a day ahead if does well in fridge….

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sue, I like my carrot cake cold too – I store this in the fridge after it cools to room temp and it’s great for a few days.

  217. Mavis

    Made this for my omnivore husband’s b’day yesterday and he loved it! he said he woke up thinking about it this morning. that sure is a huge compliment coming from him.
    I made it with just all-purpose flour – any reason spelt would improve the flavor? (I am not much of a baker so don’t know). I couldn’t find unroasted macadamia nuts at TJ’s so instead of macadamia subbed with 1/4 cup pine nuts and 1/4 cup pistachios. Also didn’t soak nuts for hours just in warm water for an hour and half (and used blendtec). I did a two layer round cake with half frosting in the middle and half on top (should have made more frosting for 2 layers).
    Next time I want to make a “lower guilt” version with flax eggs and/or coconut yogurt replacing some of the oil, and a healthier sugar alternative.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Mavis, I’m glad you enjoyed the cake! Spelt flour is a tad healthier than regular white flour, but there’s no reason that it would improve the flavor in this cake.

  218. Sara burton

    Can you swap almond milk for oat or rice milk? Nut allergy prevents using almond milk

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yep – any type of milk should work just fine!

  219. Sharon Lasater

    I wanted to share my tips for this recipe. I made 12 cupcakes, that came out delicious. My secret to a good cupcake, was to fill the paper liner, put them in the oven and realize that I didn’t add the grated carrots. I quickly took them out of the oven and wrung the papers out and stirred in the carrots, refilled the paper and baked them for 28 minutes. They turned out delicious!

  220. Maria

    Can I make this gluten free and oil free?

  221. Bee


    Thank you for this amazing recipe!
    I would like to ask you what do you think went wrong with the cake batter – I’ve baked two times with this same recipe in my country and one time when I’ve come to New Zealand and everything went really well theses three times but yesterday I’ve had to throw away the cake batter twice because the batter was so salty… The thing is that I’ve used the same ingredients… What do you think I’ve done wrong?

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Bee, the ingredients there (perhaps the baking powder) must be different there so I’m not sure.

  222. Christina Wright

    For the frosting, do you Melt the coconut oil?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Christina, I don’t. I scoop it while it’s slightly softened (not rock hard), but not melted. Hope that helps!

  223. Jana

    Can I also use canola oil for the frosting?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jana, coconut oil helps thicken it, so I would stick with that.

  224. Daniel Olsen

    I cheated a bit and used a vegan processed frosting as I was testing for the holidays Cake was absolutely perfect. Will use raisins and walnuts next time and will put the effort in to making the frosting.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  225. Alan

    This review is for the frosting only, which I used on a spice cake. It was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, but subtle enough that it didn’t detract from the cake at all. My Vitamix had no problem with it. This will be my go-to frosting for this type of cake.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Alan, I’m so glad you loved it!


    Hi! Can I make cupcakes with this recipe? if so, how many would I get? Txs!!!!!

  227. Jenna Travels

    Thanks so much for this! It was a real treat.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  228. elsa

    can i add pineapple? my mom used to make a carrot cake that she added canned pineapple and it was so delicous and the moistess cake ever.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Elsa, I haven’t tried it, but this is a really moist cake as it is so I think it might become too moist and not bake properly with pineapple.

      • elsa

        thank you for replying, what about if i add less almond, say 3/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of crushed pineapple?

        • Jeanine Donofrio

          You can try! I just can’t say if it’ll definitely work because I haven’t tested it that way. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  229. Hailee

    This recipe is perfect! My carrot cake looks exactly like the photos above! Thank you <3

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  230. Annika

    I made this recipe today and almost half of the cake is gone because my family loved it so much!! As I am trying to cut back on sugar, I actually used a cup of dates instead (I put them in the blender to make a purée before adding it to the mix) and it worked as well. One quick question: Can the cake be frozen? Thanks for the great recipe!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Annika, I’m so glad you loved it! Sorry for my slow reply – I’m not sure the frosting will thaw well, but the cake itself can be frozen.

  231. Chris

    Amazing carrot cake!!! Didn’t have to change a thing. I didn’t have apple sauce so I puréed my own apples:))

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  232. Dana

    The stores are out of all purpose flour. Would you recommend all spelt? Or half spelt, half whole wheat pastry flour? Oat flour? Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Dana, whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour will work. I’d stay away from oat flour for this one.

  233. katie

    Just made this recipe! the cake was so good, one of the best vegan carrot cake recipes i’ve tried since going vegan. Mixed feelings about the icing but overall great recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it! You might want to try the more traditional frosting recipe, it’s linked in the notes (use vegan cream cheese and vegan butter as subs). Tastes just like the real thing!

  234. Nadine


    I just made the cake however it came out with a fudge like texture and I can’t figure out why…. I had it in the oven, on 350 degrees for 55mins. Should I attempt to cook it even longer?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nadine, if you didn’t alter any ingredients in the recipe, I’d check your baking powder. If it’s a little older, it could affect the rise since there aren’t eggs here.

  235. Maeve

    Super moist and spongey, definitely cannot tell that it is vegan. I did the basic cream cheese frosting option with Kite Hill cream cheese and that was fantastic as well.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m glad you loved it!

  236. Divya k

    This cake was amazing it was a big hit in my house

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  237. Caitlin

    Hello! Amazing recipe! Just wondering if you can freeze the frosting? Or if not how long would it last in the fridge?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Caitlin, the cashew frosting doesn’t freeze well, it’s texture becomes gritty when thawed. (the cake could freeze though)

  238. Sam

    Hoping to make this for my birthday this week! If I wanted to bake in two 8-inch round pans, would I cut the baking time in half since the batter would be halved?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sam, so sorry for my slow reply. Yes, I would reduce the baking time and just check with a toothpick before you take them out of the oven.

  239. Alisha

    This cake is beautiful!! So easy and turned out perfectly. Saving to my favourites for future, regular rotation. Thank you 🙂

  240. Mili

    Did this today in Mexico City, was a bit worried about the altitude but turned out great. Baked it for 30min in medium oven, its a little undercooked so next time I will start with 35 min.
    Thank you for the recipe, its a win 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Mili, I’m so glad you loved it 🙂

  241. Erica Gushard

    I am new to baking. I do not have any baking soda, could I use extra baking powder? Also, I do not have any apple sauce, could I use almond yogurt?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Erica, I would wait to make this until you have baking soda. I’m not sure about the yogurt, it might work but I haven’t tried it.

  242. Dana

    This cake was so excellent! My boyfriend called it the best carrot cake he’s ever had, and he loves carrot cake. He made me promise not to lose the recipe. I skimped and didn’t make the homemade icing – but even with inferior store-bought icing it was still delicious.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad the cake was a hit too! 🙂

  243. Kathleen Snyder

    I’ve baked this recipe, along with the frosting, twice. It’s fabulously decadent and lusciousally moist. Wow! 2nd time, added 1/4 cup, ((canned, in juice), crushed pineapple, squeezing, out excess liquid, then, folding into cake batter. Sooo good. Frosting surprisingly, delicious. I added 2 tsp extra, squeezed lemon juice. 2nd time, frostimg, didn’t have any macadamia nuts left, so, replaced w/cashews, only. Still worked perfectly. Still added extra 2 tsp lemon. Prior to baking cake, I’d used high speed blender to make powdered sugar from 1 cup of granulated cane sugar, turning it into powdered (1st time ever). Did this, in case, using only cashews, hadn’t worked out. It turned just perfectly. But, I had this fluffy powdered sugar, now, so I tossed it into, nut frosting mixture, along with 1 cup chopped Walnuts, split between using in the frosting mix and sprinkling on top. This cake was made for, son in law’s, Dad’s Birthday celebration. This is the best carrot cake recipe, ever! A super star, as written, for discriminating, taste taste buds. Thrilled beyond! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved the cake!

  244. Rhiannon Miranda

    AMAZING!! Highly recommend

  245. Sophie

    Can these be made into cupcakes?

    • MarieinVA

      I think it would work well. I haven’t done it since I wanted to do it very close to as written the first time but will next time and report back the baking time.

  246. MarieinVA

    I just made this cake yesterday and it’s amazing! I was looking for a good carrot cake recipe because I accidentally bought too many carrots and have too much homemade apple butter from an apple picking trip last fall.

    I made a few tweaks based on some of the comments:
    – used apple butter instead of apple sauce
    – reduced sugar to 1/2 cup and cinnamon to 2 tsps because apple butter
    – added 1 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp each of cardamom and ground ginger
    – added 1/2 cup each of chopped pecans and golden raisins

    I made the frosting with brazil nuts instead of macadamia and oat milk instead of almond because that’s what I had. Reduced milk from 4tbs to 3tbs and increased lemon juice to 3tbs.

    I baked it in a 9×13 sheet pan for 25 mins, rotating pan 1/2 way through because my oven is hotter at the back. Came out perfect.

    I ran my specific ingredients through a recipe nutrient calculator and if you cut the cake into 15 pieces instead of the 12 the recipe suggests – it’s 260 cals / piece.

    Worth every calorie! Thanks Jeanine!

  247. Tascha

    Great recipe 🙂
    Subbed carrot for sweet potato
    Subbed applesauce for pineapple purée
    Fit perfectly into 9×9 dish too!

    Thanks heaps, will use again


  248. Madeline

    Very delicious! Not too sweet, and easy to follow!

  249. Hi Jeanine and Jack!

    Wow! This recipe is amazingly delicious. I made it tonight and I can’t believe how easy it was to follow, but most importantly how yummy it is. Thank you so much. You’ve gained a new fan.

  250. Layal

    I was just wondering if I could substitute the raw cane sugar with coconut sugar?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Layal, yep you can!

  251. Traunza

    Delicious! Light and airy, with good flavor. Used vegan cream cheese icing. Would make again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved the cake!

  252. Sonia

    Can this be made with gluten free flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sonja, others in the comments have made it with Bob’s GF flour, I haven’t tried it personally.

  253. Divya

    This cake is so delish made it in a Bundt pan and it was so pretty I am making this all the time and it just disappears thank you for this amazing recipe

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it so much!

  254. BEST CARROT CAKE RECIPE EVER!!!!! If you’re looking for a carrot cake recipe, this is your sign to go with this one. Stop wasting your time on Google and thank me later. 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha ha, thank you for the kind review! I’m so glad you loved it!

  255. Liz Barclay

    Please tell me if I can make this in two layers!

    Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Liz, I haven’t tried, but I think others in the comments above have…

  256. Jay

    Ok, so I never bother to post comments on cooking blogs but I am right now logging in to tell you that this cake is absolutely phenomenal. I made it for friends who are hard to convince to try anything vegan… but are now convinced this is the best carrot cake that exists. Thank you!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay!!! I’m so glad the cake was a hit. Thanks for coming back to let me know!

  257. cindy

    Can i use maple syrup instead of sugar and how much would I need?

  258. Pam Pham

    This is the bomb! I added pecans & made into large muffins. Used paper liners & cooked at 360 for 35 mins. Cool in pan 10 mins & transfer to cooling rack. You will love these with or without frosting. The ones I frosted, I put a whole pecan on top for presentation. Looked great too! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  259. hannah

    This is sooo amazing. I didn’t expect the cream cheese to taste so legit!!! A hit with the whole family.

    I used all cashews, soaked them overnight (total about 15 hours or something), and made it on a normal blender. It came out smooth.
    Added a handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds each to my cake to give it a bit more bite (I might add a bit more than a handful/top it up with another handful of walnuts next time)
    I also mixed white and brown sugar.
    Made my own apple sauce with this recipe using two small royal gala apples (made 3/4 cup)

    Love that you don’t need cake tins, icing sugar or store-bought vegan cream cheese either. Thanks again, I’m writing this one into my recipe book!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Hannah, I’m so glad you loved it!

  260. Lou

    I’ll start positive, I loved the taste. It’s delicious. But, I was a bit disappointed when it came out very moist. I read the comments before I started baking this, and I decided to add half a cup of flour. I also put 1/4 cup of oil instead of 1/2, and yet it still came out way too moist and not even cooked after 50 minutes in the oven.

  261. Suzanne

    Birthday tea cakes for our son & girlfriend who are vegan. I added 1 cup golden raisins, 1/2 coconut , I used oat milk, and a sunflower-coconut oil. What a hit, fabulous, recipe! For the icing I used rum instead of vanilla, really delicious!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  262. David


    oil to vegetable,
    milk to soya,
    macadamia to walnuts,
    used half sugar

    Turned out fluffy and delicious.

  263. David

    Amazing, delicious and fluffy.

    Substituted for:
    Soya milk,
    Walnuts & cashew,
    Vegetable oil

    1/2 sugar required
    100% all purpose flour.

    Can’t wait to make it again!

  264. Cortney Marcinczyk

    This recipe is amazing!! I made it for my partners birthday party and there was not a crumb left!!

    I’m thinking of turning these into cupcakes. Do you have a suggestion for cook time?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it! I’d just reduce the cooking time (16-18 minutes) for cupcakes.

  265. Montana

    Hey there….. I want to make this cake as it looks delicious, but I was wondering if I could substitute the maple syrup for honey? IDK if it will work because they don’t rly have similar textures. Reply!

  266. Montana

    Hey there….. I want to make this cake as it looks delicious, but I was wondering if I could substitute the maple syrup for honey? IDK if it will work because they don’t rly have similar textures. Reply! Thank you.

  267. Elena

    Hi Jeanine!

    Great recipe, I was wondering if I can make this cake with almond, coconut or oat flour instead? Thank you!

  268. SJ

    The BEST carrot cake I’ve ever had or made! I used half whole wheat and half AP flour, and I replaced half the cane sugar with granulated monk fruit sweetener. Also, due to several nut allergies, I made a simple vegan buttercream frosting (even though yours looks amazing). I don’t think I will ever try another carrot cake recipe again since I’ve found our favorite. 🙂

  269. Kim

    Wow, this is so good. Best carrot cake I’ve ever had. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  270. R.J.C.

    Just made this cake and it came out perfect! Added chopped walnuts and raisins with the carrots. Put a little orange liqueuer in the batter. Baked for 45 min. Made the cream cheese frosting and used only 1 cup powdered sugar for the frosting. Rave reviews! Thank you for your recipes, it will become a go-to for me!

  271. Madeline Armstrong

    I made this last night and it turned out super delicious. I used only spelt flour for all of the flour, and I halved the amount of sugar. I also threw in some walnuts and raisins. I think this turned out exactly as I wanted- moist, not too sweet, and a really pleasing texture.

    I also baked this in a slightly longer pan, so it came out thinner, but I didn’t mind it at all! More frosting to cake ratio. 🙂

  272. Tiffany

    I made this with your vegan cream cheese frosting recipe and it is the best carrot cake I’ve ever had! Thank you so much. No one believes it’s vegan! So fluffy.

  273. Kristin

    Excited to try this recipe! Wondering if it’s possible to make as cupcakes vs a cake??

  274. Grace

    I’m looking to make this and am wondering if you’ve tested the bake in a loaf tin or something more compact. I’m thinking a slightly lower temp with a longer bake time but was curious if you already had the temp and time for that! Thank you’

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Grace – I haven’t, but this cake is very moist and dense, I’m not sure if it would bake all the way through in loaf form.

  275. victoria

    can I use maple syrup?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      No, the batter will be too wet for this recipe.

  276. Ellen Z

    Tried this recipe and thoroughly enjoyed it, though I should have read it all the way through first. Making the oat milk was a bit of a surprise! Also my cake came out rather dense.. perhaps I stirred it too much? Really delicious, but also really thick with very little air pockets and a tight crumb.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Ellen, the oat milk recipe that’s linked is just an option, store bought almond milk or any plant milk is fine. What type of flours did you use and did you change anything about the recipe? It’s on the dense side, very moist.

      • Ellen Z

        I used all purpose flour and sub’d 1/2 of the cane sugar for monk fruit erythritol sugar. Perhaps that’s what did it!

  277. Sonia

    Omg!!! This was so good!!!!!! Taste great on its own, and delicious with frosting!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  278. Sarah

    Hello, thank you for sharing, I have only just discovered your recipes and I’ll certainly be back again! Quick question for the frosting: which nuts can I sub for macadamia? Can probably just double the cashews but would any others work?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sarah, you can double the cashews – they’ll be the most creamy.

  279. kendrick

    hey this was the best cake iv’e ever had!!

  280. Natalie

    Can I make this as a carrot cake loaf in a bread pan??

  281. Vanessa

    If I wanted to split this cake into 2 cake pans to have a 2-layered cake, what size pans should I use?

  282. amy

    the best carrot cake i’ve had. not greasy and very flavorful

  283. Kate

    I have been making this carrot cake for years. I’m not even vegan anymore and no one in my family ever was… but it is STILL everyones favourite. I’ve never made it and not gotten asked for the recipe. It’s simply the best carrot cake ever!!!! So moist and yummy. I eat it for breakfast shamelessly.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m glad you’ve loved it so much!

  284. Lianne byrne

    Hi wanted to make this cake for Easter & was wondering is it possible to make it into a layer cake? Would I need to double the recipe?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Lianne, I haven’t tried it, it’s a dense cake so I’m not sure if it would work well.

  285. Trista

    I made this cake for Easter with the walnuts and brown sugar frosting, it was delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  286. Tassos

    Hi! Anyone could help with conversions? How many gram of flour and carrots do I need? Also is it the same for liquids eg ml for the almond milk.

  287. Cindy Romero

    Any replacement for apple sauce ? Flax seed egg?

  288. Cindy Romero

    Can I make this into a loaf as well?:)

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Cindy, this cake is too dense and moist for a loaf – I think it would be hard to bake all the way through, so it’s best as a sheet cake. I haven’t tried it with a flax egg instead of apple sauce, so I’m not sure.

  289. Louise

    Hi and thanks for a beautiful recipe. Would this cake work as muffins and if so how long would you suggest for the cooking time?
    Thanx Louise

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