Raw Carrot Cake With Cashew Vanilla Frosting

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My friend, Rachel, was one of my main inspirations for learning more about eating raw.

Last year she decided to give up cooked food and go raw for Lent. During the process, I was so impressed by her commitment to try tons of new raw recipes each week, and by the fact that she didn’t “cheat” a single time! More than anything, I was intrigued by how well she said that she felt when eating raw.

But a few days into our raw week, I was already bored and frustrated with smoothies and salads, mostly because I hadn’t made time to research raw recipes. So Rachel graciously sent us an amazing list of her favorites recipes, which was a huge relief and inspiration. She had everything from sprout burgers, to nori rolls, to lasagna and empanadas. But my eyes immediately locked on the words CARROT CAKE. My favorite. :)

Somewhat to my surprise, it was incredible!!! The “cake” was a breeze to make in the food processor, and once I threw in my favorite carrot cake spices and lots of fresh carrots, it tasted just like the real deal! The frosting was a little more of a stretch from the typical cream cheese frosting, but it was still sweet and “creamy” and paired well with the carrot cake. I opted to make mine bite-sized with my favorite mini cheesecake pan, but you could easily turn these into bars or normal-sized cake slices.

Definitely a winner of a raw recipe in my book! Thanks, Rachel!!


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Raw Carrot Cake with Cashew Vanilla Frosting

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 mini cakes, or 1 8-inch cake 1x


A simple and delicious recipe for carrot cake with vanilla frosting…made raw!



Raw Carrot Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 1 lb.)
  • 8 oz. (about 1 cup) pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) 1/2 cup raisins

Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


To Make The Raw Carrot Cake:

  1. Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until well-blended. Press mixture into a mini cheesecake pan or mini 4-inch springform pans or an 8-inch springform pan, or just a simple 8-inch baking pan. Top with Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting just before serving (recipe below).

To Make The Raw Cashew Vanilla Frosting:

  1. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until blended. Add extra water to thin to your desired consistency if needed.

Raw Carrot Cake | gimmesomeoven.com

Raw Carrot Cake | gimmesomeoven.com

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97 comments on “Raw Carrot Cake With Cashew Vanilla Frosting”

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  2. Is there anything I can replace the honey with for the frosting?

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  5. This is a WONDERFUL idea! I’m obsessed with the spice of carrot cake – I’ll definitely have to give this healthier alternative a try!

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  7. do you need to keep them in the fridge? How long will they last? They are delicious! 

  8. These look wonderful! I’m trying to avoid all added sugar, including honey, maple syrup, agave – do you have any ideas for a substitute for the honey? Maybe banana or more dates? Does the honey act only as a sweetener or also as a binder? Thank you!

  9. Wow, this is really good!  It definitely tastes like carrot cake.  I didn’t make the frosting, but the “cake” part is delicious.

  10. How well would these cupcakes travel? My friend is picking me  up from the airport on her birthday and I wanted to make these for her, bring them on the plane and present them to her in the car when she picked me up :). Any tips on how I could bring these bad boys on a plane?

    • Anna, that’s so sweet! We think if you can put them in a cupcake carrier that might be your best bet? (Something like this: ) We hope this is helpful! :)

  11. Easy and delicious recipe. I am a Personal Chef and my client loved this Raw Carrot Cake. The frosting is fantastic! Great job! 

  12. Hello. I just made your recipe with a little variation.
    I used activated almonds instead of wallnuts and i added 5tsp of extra virgin coconut oil.

    I ate one alone, and i was sooooooooo impressed about how yummy it was that i put homemade almond butter in the second one… this is lovely.

    a pity i cant post a pic

  13. These are very good.  I didn’t have enough cashews so used half cashews and half macadamia nuts in the frosting.  Tasted great.  I used a mini muffin tin.  Also, I found that by placing them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then scoring the outside edge with the tip of a sharp knife, they were much easier to get out.   Tasted even better the next day!  

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe Susie — thanks for sharing with us! :)

  14. Hi, These Raw Carrot Cake cupcakes look delicious.  Can you tell me do you taste the dates a lot?  I would love to make these but I am not a huge fan of the taste of dates…. Look forward to your reply.  Thank you.

    • Thanks Karen — we hope you enjoy them! And we don’t feel like dates are overpowering in this — they just bring the sweetness! :)

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  16. Made the frosting, not as creamy as I’d like it to be but tastes great with the carrot “cake”. Used silicone muffin pan In the freezer for 10 minutes, popped right out. Lovely. Will post pics on FB with #Gimmesomeoven

  17. Who many calories

    • Hi Penny — We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  18. So I tried the “cake” yesterday and suggest, whoever wants to try this, should buy more coconut, walnuts, dates and raisins to make sure they get the desired consistency and sweetness. Mine turned out to be too carrotty so that the batter did not stick together until I added more nuts and dates. In general, this recipe is a prime example for the superiority of the metric system and I would say the pound of carrots is BEFORE peeling. In any case it turned out really yummy after some adjustments and I will certainly make it again using this recipe as a guidance for the ratios. Out of curiosity I baked one half of the cake but I actually prefer it raw since the carrots were fresher and milder in the raw cake than cooked. For the cashew cream since I did not have coconut oil on hand I just blended the drained cashews and dates until desired sweetness and added vanilla and a dash of salt. It tasted a little like marzipan and I did not miss a thing. It is just pure bliss :-) Also, a little bit of allspice also makes for a great flavor addition :-)

  19. This looks absolutely delicious! I LOVE carrot cake and have been looking for a healthy version. You can’t more healthier than a raw carrot cake! I’m going to try this during my holiday break. Thank you for this recipe!

  20. hi is it true that cashews can’t be eaten raw due to some toxin in it. when u refer to raw cashew, do mean partially steamed cashew?

    • Hello! Hmmm, we haven’t heard that. We just mean cashews that haven’t been roasted.

  21. 4 stars
    how many people is it for??

    • Hi Madhvi! An 8-inch of this cake serves about 15 (unless you want really large servings). If you do the mini cakes, you’ll get a lot more servings. We hope you enjoy!

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  24. 5 stars
    Hello. I have made this before and loved it. I need to prepare this in advance. Does this cake freeze well?

  25. 5 stars
    Raw carrot cakes were sooo good!
    You could cut vanilla frosting recipe in half, makes a-lot.
    Do you have any nutritional facts for these yummy desserts?

  26. 5 stars
    Raw vegan carrot cake is absolutely delicious! It was a huge hit after Easter dinner. With the food processor, pulse more than blend. I over-blended and it made the consistency a bit too wet. I used mini-muffin pans and kept them in the refrigerator overnight. 18 hours later when I served the mini carrot cakes, they actually popped out of the pan clean and in form. Thanks to the abundance of rich, delicious, real ingredients in this recipe, one mini-muffin is a very satisfying serving size. Love it. We’ll definitely make it again. Thank you!!

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  28. 5 stars
    Hi Ali,
    These are incredibly delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I made these for my family last year for Easter and will be making them again. They were a BIG hit!!!

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  30. I made 1/2 batch to experiement and added t the frosting, put 1/3 cup of COCONUT CREAM, separated out of a can of Whole Foods coconut milk, which I have found to be the best for the cream. Also, a bit extra maple syrup and extra lemon juice in the frosting and it came out creamy and cheesecakey decadent tasting