Carrot cake with blood orange frosting

Carrot cake has always been one of my favorites. When I was a child, all my friends asked for chocolate cake for their birthday. I always asked for carrot or strawberry cake! (weirdo)

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Blood orange juice is the key to a soft, light and fragrant cake. Plus, it gives such a pretty pink hue to the frosting.

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If you want this recipe to be completely refined sugar-free, you can replace the frosting with coconut cream whipped with some maple syrup.

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Carrot cake with blood orange frosting

vegan, refined sugar-free, easy
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Author: Yukiko Tanzi @foodie.yuki

Ingredients

Ingredients for the carrot cake

  • 150 grams carrots, peeled
  • 250 grams all purpose flour
  • 100 grams almond flour
  • 150 grams light brown sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 200 ml blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 100 ml sunflower seeds oil
  • 2 organic oranges, zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch salt

Ingredients for the frosting

  • 50 grams vegan cream cheese softened
  • 70 grams powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp blood orange juice, freshly squeezed

Instructions

Make the cake

  • Preheat oven to 170°C degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 20 cm spring pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine water, sugar, vanilla and orange juice. Whisk until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • In a food processor, combine carrots, orange peel and oil. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, backing powder, baking soda and spices. Combine with the almond flour.
  • Slowly fold the the flour mixture into the wet mixture with a spatula.
  • Add the carrot mixture and fold until well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared mold.
  • Bake on the 2nd rack from bottom of the preheated oven for about 60 minutes or until the center is set.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.

Make the blood orange frosting

  • In a small bowl, add orange juice and powdered sugar. Whisk to combine. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.

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