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Fernanda Capobianco’s Vegan Spicy Carrot Cake


Fernanda Capobianco’s Vegan Spicy Carrot Cake

A delicious vegan treat topped with rich icing, carrot cake is perfect for every occasion. This recipe comes from Vegan Divas in New York City.

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For the vegan cream cheese frosting

  • 15 Tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 Cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups vegan cream cheese
  • 2 Cups confectioners sugar, sifted

For the carrot cake

  • 1½ Cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¼ Cup evaporated cane juice sugar
  • 1 Cup canned pineapple (with juice)
  • ⅔ Cup soy yogurt
  • ¼ Cup liquid coconut oil
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Cups shredded organic carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • ½ Cup golden raisins
  • ½ Cup chopped walnuts


For the vegan cream cheese frosting

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening and vanilla at medium speed until blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and mix at medium-low speed until combined (over-mixing the frosting will make it grainy). Gradually add the confectioners sugar and mix at medium-low speed until well blended and creamy, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the frosting for at least 2 hours before using.

For the carrot cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of two 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, crushed pineapple, soy yogurt, coconut oil, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt until well blended.

Stir the pineapple mixture into the dry ingredients until blended. Stir in the shredded carrots, raisins, and walnuts.

Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool the cakes in the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack and cool completely.

Place one of the cake layers on a cardboard round or a flat plate and cover with a generous layer of frosting, spreading it to the edges of the cake, with a metal spatula. Top with the remaining layer, then frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.

Nutritional Facts
Calories Per Serving1136
Total Fat81g100%
Vitamin A128µg14%
Vitamin B60.2mg10.6%
Vitamin C6mg10%
Vitamin D0.2µg0.1%
Vitamin E3mg14%
Vitamin K23µg29%
Folate (food)24µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)45µg11%
Folic acid12µgN/A
Niacin (B3)2mg10%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg7.9%
Sugars, added61gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg16.4%