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Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Our Favourite Recipe from the Galley this week is our sumptuous Vegan Carrot Cake. It is one of those recipes that never fails even in a temperamental galley oven. It is well loved and surprises non-vegans with its delectable rich taste and light fluffy texture. It has even served as a birthday cake ornately decorated with seeds and walnuts and so moreish we often double up the recipe onboard to make two delicious cakes in case of an impromptu visitor onboard.

So you are probably here after reading the Flaxseed, Super seed that supersedes all article, if you haven´t yet read it then you can find it here. After reading about all the health benefits packed into this tiny seed and the fact it can replace an egg in baking then you are probably pretty keen on trying out a recipe.

This Vegan Carrot Cake is the perfect introduction. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

What you will need to make this Cake

Ingredients for delicious single-layer or sheet pan carrot cake.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar or coconut sugar

  • 1 cup grated carrot

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed and 3 tbsp water mix together and left to set for 5 mins)

  • 1/4 cup neutral oil

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tbsp plant-milk


  • 1/cup Plant-Based margarine or butter

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Powdered Icing Sugar

To Decorate

  • Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F or in the case of a temperamental boat oven whatever you normally bake your cakes on!

  2. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add the carrot and walnut.

  3. In a separate bowl add all the wet ingredients together and mix well

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. It will look like a very dry batter, don´t worry the carrots will release moisture and this will loosen the batter. Do not be tempted to add more milk!

  5. Once mixed all together leave for 5 mins while you prepare the baking tin with grease-proof paper or spray your silicone mould.

  6. Pour the batter into the baking tin or silicone mould and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean!

  7. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire cooling rack to cool down completely.

  8. To make the frosting: Mix all the frosting ingredients together.

  9. Put the frosting in the fridge (especially if on a boat in a warm climate) while you are waiting for the cake to cool down completely.

  10. Spread on the frosting and decorate as required!

Serving suggestions

We love our Vegan Carrot Cake with a cup of freshly brewed Chai Tea! The depth of flavour of the tea pairs perfectly with the warm cinnamon and nutmeg in the carrot cake!

Alternatives and substitutes

Carrots: Ironic as it may seem you can replace the carrots with grated apple and yes it isn´t exactly a carrot cake but it does the trick in baking a delicious afternoon treat! I know this because we were having guests onboard for dinner and I was convinced I had a few carrots to make this tasty cake. I was wrong! Luckily I found a few apples in the fruit bowl and as both are rich in water I felt confident I could pull it off. It was a success and needed only a slight name change. But what is in a name, right?

Apple Cider Vinegar: You can replace this with equal parts lemon juice.

Flour: You can replace plain white flour with wholemeal or even spelt flour which is a better source of protein if you are out sailing and looking for extra sustained energy. However, I would reduce the flour quantities by a 1/8 cup and if it really does look very very dry add an extra tbsp of plant-milk.

Final note

I hope you enjoy preparing and eating this recipe as much as we do onboard Kahu. If you did make it then I would be delighted if you would click on the heart and leave a comment.

Bon Appetit!

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Apr 25

Hey Hanna, Hope you are all sorted now! If you made the cake let us know how you found it! You can even post a picture here if you want!


Hi. Sorry I can't see the note for the flaxegg as indicated on the text! Is It my browser?

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