By Chef: Alex Malinsky
Posted: November 18, 2012
A sweet raw carrot cake treat covered in a cashew cream frosting, and finished with walnuts & cinnamon. The cake is made from shredded carrots, walnuts, dates, and coconut shreds with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt.
- 2 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of salt
Cashew Cream Frosting
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp raw agave nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- walnuts and extra cinnamon for finish
Line a 9” springform pan, 8×8 square pan, or equivalent sized loaf pan with parchment paper so that the edges hang over the sides of the pan as shown below:
By hand or in a food processor with the grating attachment, shred carrots. Place in large bowl and set aside. With the blade attachment, blend together walnuts and dates until mostly smooth, with a few smaller chunks. Add coconut, spices, and salt and blend together. Add carrots and blend until well combined, scraping down the sides often.
Scoop cake into prepared pan, smooth top, and chill.
To make cashew cream, drain and rinse soaked cashews in clean water. In a food processor or blender combine cashews, water, agave nectar, vanilla, salt, and lemon juice. Blend VERY WELL, scraping down the sides often, until VERY SMOOTH. Depending on the strength of your blender this make take up to 10 minutes. Add melted coconut oil and blend to combine. Spoon onto chilled cake and smooth the top. Freeze for 2 hours.
Pull from freezer and remove cake from pan by pulling up the sides of the parchment paper. Let thaw 10 minutes. With a hot, sharp knife cut cake into (approximately) 1 x 2 inch pieces. Decorate with walnuts and dust with cinnamon. Let thaw an additional 15 minutes before serving or return to freezer, thawing 25 minutes before eating.