Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten Free!)

Vegan Carrot Cake is a sweet cake made from grated carrots, coconut, walnuts, and brown sugar. It’s gluten free and vegan, which means no eggs or dairy. This cake is perfect for the vegans or those with food allergies in your life!

vegan carrot cake

If you love cake that’s stuffed with things like carrots, walnuts, coconut, and pineapple, then you’ve come to the right place! Vegan Carrot Cake is the best vegan cake on this side of the internet. Not only is it gluten free, it’s also egg and dairy free as well. I love pulling this recipe out when I have friends with food allergies coming over, or even just when I run out of eggs and milk!

vegan carrot cake

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need cake. You just do. And dietary restrictions should not get in the way of that.

Whether you’re vegan, or you have food allergies to eggs and dairy, this vegan carrot cake is a definite home run. I took my regular gluten free carrot cake, and I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it egg free and dairy free, while still keeping the amazingly sweet taste you love about the original.

vegan carrot cake

Replacing eggs in a recipe is really not that bad. In fact, it can be pretty easy if you have the right substitutes. For cake, I personally like to go the banana route. I use about 1 banana per egg, and reduce the sugar to make up for the sweetness added by the fruit. It also adds a great texture to this vegan carrot cake, which we all know can be a glorious thing in gluten free baking!

vegan carrot cake

This frosting is super sweet, so I’ve only added it to the middle and top of the cake, instead of frosting the whole thing. It goes really well with the cake, but in the right portions. If I was going to frost the entire thing, I’d probably back off of the sugar by about a cup, just to be on the safe side.

For the cream cheese, I used my favorite brand of vegan cream cheese. You can use whatever brand you like the best. The important part is that it adds the creamy texture, and gives the sugar something to hold onto. I’ve also heard of people using shortening, but I’ve never tried this personally. If you have, let me know how it went! It’s definitely on my to-try list.

vegan carrot cake

This vegan carrot cake comes out super moist and sweet, and the walnuts add the perfect crunch to the texture.

Not to mention, you get to show off your super-awesome cake decorating skills. And this cake is really easy to be impressive with, trust me! It’s really easy to frost, and all you have to do is sprinkle some toppings on.

And when a cake is this pretty, you’ll never even miss the eggs or dairy.

vegan carrot cake

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vegan carrot cake
Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten Free!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Vegan Carrot Cake is a sweet cake made from grated carrots, coconut, walnuts, and brown sugar. It’s gluten free and vegan, which means no eggs or dairy. This cake is perfect for the vegans or those with food allergies in your life!

Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 605 kcal
For the Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 medium mashed bananas
  • 1 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
For the Frosting
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 8 oz package vegan cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
For Decorating
  • 1 cup coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 1 cup walnuts
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans.

  2. In a bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda).

  3. Mix in all other ingredients until well combined (carrots, coconut, banana, pineapple, walnuts, almond milk, oil, vanilla, lemon juice). 

  4. Pour evenly into cake pans. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until cakes are golden brown and a fork comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting. 

  5. Once cooled, place one cake on plate and add half of the frosting in a layer on top. Place other cake on top of that, and add remaining frosting in a layer on top. 

  6. Decorate with walnuts and shredded coconut. 

For the Frosting
  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Carrot Cake (Gluten Free!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 605 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 416mg 17%
Potassium 392mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 96g 32%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 69g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 7%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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