It’s National Carrot Cake Day! Even though carrot cake has been around since the Middle Ages, it wasn’t until World War II that this dessert gained popularity. The British government had rationed many foods including sugar, but carrots were in abundance, so they promoted using carrots in all types of recipes including carrot cake, carrot pies, carrot puddings, and even carrot lollipops! We get that – we love carrot soups, carrot cookies, and even carrot dogs!
Carrots are one of people’s favorite veggies, and carrot cake is certainly in the top ten of favorite desserts. There is a lot of versatility in carrot cake recipes – they can be raw or baked, they can have walnuts and raisins added in, and the icing … well, choosing between cream cheese frosting and lemon icing is tough but someone’s got to do it, right? Just look at these 11 Cozy Vegan Recipes for National Carrot Cake Day.
This year, why not celebrate National Carrot Cake Day by taking inspiration from the past and trying something a little different. Try making carrot cupcakes, carrot muffins, carrot pops, even carrot cake waffles for breakfast! Check out these Carrot Cake Variations to Try for Something New and then try these 10 unique carrot cake recipes that will change your life.
1. Double Decker Carrot Cake
This may look like a regular carrot cake but this Double Decker Carrot Cake is unlike any you’ve had before. This is a no-bake carrot cake with a silky cashew cream cheese frosting. If you like carrot cake, you will love this cake that has zero consequences. You can eat this vegan carrot cake for breakfast, lunch dinner, or dessert, guilt free!
2. Carrot Cake Oat Bake
If you want all the flavors of carrot cake but not all the flour and sugar, this Carrot Cake Oat Bake is the answer. Made with oats, carrots, almonds, pecans, and chia seeds, this is a sweet and delicious treat that’s perfect for breakfast. Anytime you can start your day off with veggies and healthy ingredients, that’s a good thing.
3. Raw Carrot Cake
You don’t have to turn on the oven for this delicious dessert. This Raw Carrot Cake is made with lots of good stuff including carrots, apple, coconut, dates, raisins, and walnuts. The cashew icing is sweetened with dates and coconut syrup. This cake is so good for you, you can feel good about indulging in a second piece.
4. Carrot Collective Cupcakes
Carrot cake without cream cheese frosting? Some people might say that’s heresy, but we know better, don’t we? For these Carrot Collective Cupcakes, a frosting is made with the sweetness of coconut milk and the tang of lemon. They’re vegan, raw, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.
5. Carrot Cake Pudding
You’ll need a spoon instead of a fork for this version of carrot cake. This Carrot Cake Pudding is smooth and creamy, made with carrot juice, coconut milk, and all the traditional spices and flavors. Serve it with whipped coconut cream for a delicious carrot-y dessert.
6. Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting
After you’ve had these Carrot Cake Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting, you’ll never have waffles any other way. The waffles are sweet and crispy with pecans instead of the usual walnuts. The “syrup” of cream cheese frosting is seriously icing on the cake … waffles.
7. Carrot Cake Bites
What is the essence of carrot cake if you take away the cake part? Sure, it’s carrots, but it’s also the warm and fragrant spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, the crunch of walnuts and the chewiness of dried fruit. These Carrot Cake Bites are exactly that – the essence of carrot cake. These orange and white sweet treats are a tea-time favorite. As you eat one straight from the freezer, close your eyes and we bet you’ll swear you are eating carrot cake ice cream.
8. Carrot Cake Muffin Tops
We all know the best part of a muffin is the crunchy top. These lightly sweetened Carrot Cake Muffin Tops will leave your sweet tooth satisfied without the need for a thick coat of cream cheese icing (though that sounds great too). Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and sugar-free, these are perfect with your morning tea or coffee.
9. Carrot Cake Cookies with Lemon Cream Frosting
Turn your carrot cake into cookies! These Carrot Cake Cookies with Lemon Cream Frosting are chewy, sweet but not too sweet, and bursting with flavor because they are mostly just straight up carrots. The frosting isn’t even necessary but who can say no to raw vegan lemon cashew cream? Not us!
10. Carrot Cake Oatmeal With Ginger Spiced Cashew Cream
Have carrot cake for breakfast with this Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Ginger Spiced Cashew Cream. It has all the carrot cake flavors you love with way less sugar and no flour. The ginger-spiced cashew cream will remind you of the cream cheese icing that goes on carrot cake. Eating a healthy breakfast that tastes like carrot cake sounds like a great way to start the day.
Wow! That’s 10 delicious takes on carrot cake, and not one is a traditional recipe. It just goes to show how versatile, and amazing carrots are, and when they’re prepared with the flavors of carrot cake, magic happens. Carrot cake magic.
Lead image source: Double Decker Carrot Cake