Carrot cake is a childhood favourite of mine. Store bought versions, however, are gluten and sugar laden, so don’t let the addition of a vegetable or two fool you! This version is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free and delicious! It makes the perfect birthday cake or office tea party treat, and you can even make individual cupcakes if you have trouble portion controlling. And it’s highly likely that you will. I dare you not to eat the icing off a spoon… Just kidding, you’d be silly not to. Enjoy.
Ingredients (Serves 8-10)
- 2 cups hazelnut meal/flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 large carrot, grated
- ½ cups chopped walnuts
- 4 eggs, free range
- ¼ cup rice malt syrup
- ¼ cup cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
- ¾ cup cashews
- 200ml coconut cream
- The juice and zest of 1 large lemon
- 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup*
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and spices to a large mixing bowl and combine.
- Stir through finely chopped walnuts and carrots.
- Beat eggs and add with rice malt syrup and melted coconut oil. Stir well.
- Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until it passes the skewer test.
- To make icing, add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until well combined and slightly thick. Store in the fridge until use. If you can wait until tomorrow to ice your cake, please do. Your icing will thicken up nicely overnight.
- Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool before turning from the pan. Do this as soon as it is cool to avoid the cake sticking to the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack or in the fridge if you are short on time.
- Ice cake and chill in the fridge until serving. Left over icing can be served with the cake and should last five days in the fridge.
* For paleo, swap rice malt syrup for honey or maple syrup, but keep in mind this increases the fructose content.
Leftover icing can also be used for additional cakes or any of my other gluten free and refined sugar free sweet treats. Just heavenly, don’t you think?