Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious home made cake. Just because you can’t throw a party this year, doesn’t mean you have to go without cake 🙂 

Treat your mum to a respectable carrot cake that embodies everything that a carrot cake should be.

It is virtuous with lip-licking creamy frosting, filled with wholesome chunks of walnuts and a delicious mix of subtle sweetness and notes of spice.

Need a vegan version? Substitute the eggs with 2 tablespoons ground or whole chia or flaxseeds soaked in 120 ml (33/4 fl oz) of water for 15 minutes.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing

Makes 1 cake


  • 150 g (51/2 oz/11/2 cups) almond meal, or gluten-free flour of your choice
  • 60 g (21/4 oz/1/2 cup) raw chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon stevia powder or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons organic butter, coconut oil or light olive oil
  • 80 ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) additive-free coconut milk
  • 235 g (81/2 oz/11/2 cups) grated carrot
  • walnuts, to decorate (optional)

Coconut Icing

  • 120 g (41/4 oz/3/4 cup) raw, unsalted cashews (soak in water for 20 mins to soften)
  • 300 ml (101/2 fl oz) tinned coconut cream
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbs raw honey or sweetener of your choice
  • To make the coconut icing.

Place the cashews, half the coconut cream and the lemon zest and juice in a food processor and blitz for a few minutes. Slowly add more coconut cream until the consistency resembles crème fraîche – smooth, not runny, but not so thick as thickened cream.

Transfer to a bowl and add to the coldest section of your fridge for 30 minutes. Alternatively, put it in the freezer for 5–10 minutes to thicken.

To make the cake

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/Gas 3) and grease an 18 cm (7 inch) round cake tin.

Put the almond meal, walnuts, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweetener in a large bowl and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, place the eggs, butter, coconut oil or light olive oil and coconut milk and whisk to combine.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold through with a wooden spoon. Squeeze the excess water out of the carrots (using your hands is best) then add them to the bowl. Fold in lightly. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed in the centre.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. When the cake has cooled, spread the icing over the top using a knife or the back of a spoon and top with the walnuts.

This will keep, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days

21 Responses to “Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing”

  1. Marci says:

    I need clarity on the additive free coconut milk. Is it the refrigerated version or can version?
    Can nutmeg spice be the ground version or need to be fresh?
    Walnuts, to decorate (optional) needs to be on a separate line.


    • Lee says:

      Hi Marci it’s the canned coconut milk. Ground nutmeg is fine 🙂 thanks for the editing pick up! Lee x

  2. Vicki Johnson says:

    What’s the difference between baking powder and baking soda?
    Is it ok to use one or the other if you don’t have both ?

    • Lee says:

      Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which requires an acid and a liquid to become activated and help baked goods rise, baking powder includes sodium bicarbonate, as well as an acid. It only needs a liquid to become activated. If you don’t have baking powder you can use a teaspoon of lemon juice plus a ¼ teaspoon baking soda to make 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

  3. Charlie says:

    This sounds delicious, just wondering if i could substitute the stevia with honey or rice malt syrup? If so how much ?

  4. K Messervey says:

    Allergic to cashews. What will happen if I leave them out of the coconut icing. Thanks from Nova Scotia, Canada.

  5. It looks so delicious! Can I use Almond milk instead of coconut milk?

  6. Renee says:

    Loved this recipe. Had family over for dinner so had to pre-empt a dessert before they brought doughnuts! It was delicious and tasted like my childhood carrot cake. The texture was a little crumbly, maybe because I used only almond meal and might need to let the mixture sit for 30 mins before baking next time. However, one problem I had was the frosting. I couldn’t get the coconut cream to thicken. Maybe I didn’t beat it long enough? Any suggestions? Could I add vegan butter?

  7. Doris says:

    Can you use macadamias instead of cashews ???

  8. Kylie T says:

    A lovely recipe, I will be making this one.

  9. Diane mcdonald says:

    Hi i am suffering with Osteoporosis and i am trying to come up with Breakfast, and Lunch meals as well as either puddings or desserts that have a calcium pac have you any recommendations.

    • Lee says:

      HI Diane, I like to add the following ingredients for added calcium benefits: unhulled tahini (sesame seeds) broccoli, sardines, chia seeds, yoghurt, goat’s cheese, fig and parsley. Hope it helps! Lee

  10. Rachelle says:

    Hi Lee
    I would like to use honey instead of stevia could you tell me how much to use pls

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