Carrot Cake with Cashew Macadamia Coconut frosting.

 

Ingredients

FROSTING

  • 1 cup cashews macadamia butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp date syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

CAKE

  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 cups packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits removed)
  • 2 1/2 cups pecan nuts
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (or sub macadamia flour)

 

Instructions

  1. If making the frosting , Add cashew macadamia butter to a high-speed blender along with coconut cream, lemon juice, date syrup, and vanilla and blend on high until very creamy and smooth scraping side as needed. Cover and refrigerate to chill.

  2.  Grate the carrots and set aside.

  3. To a large food processor, add the pitted dates and blend until small bits remain or a ball forms. Remove from food processor and set aside.

  4. To the food processor, add the pecans, vanilla, salt, and spices. Blend until a semi-fine meal is achieved. Then add dates back in, along with shredded carrots, and pulse in 1-second measurements until a loose dough forms and the carrots are just incorporated. Be careful not to over-blend. You're looking for a pliable dough, not a purée.

  5. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add coconut flour and stir to combine. By mixing gently as opposed to blending in a food processor, you can keep a lighter, less dense, more "cake-like" texture. Once well combined, set aside.

  6. Prepare a rectangular pan (or large cake pan or an 8x8-baking dish with high edges) by adding parchment paper along the bottom and sides. Then add the cake mixture, and spread and press down evenly to pack.

  7. At this point, you can enjoy the cake by carefully lifting or sliding the cake out of its pan. However, if adding the frosting, pour the frosting on and tap out any air bubbles. Then place on a baking sheet (to keep level) and freeze for 3-4 hours or until the frosting is semi-firm to the touch.

  8. To serve, make sure the cake isn't fully frozen so it's soft enough to cut (letting it thaw on the counter for 30 minutes should help). Then use a hot knife to carefully cut out slices and enjoy. Garnish with more nuts, carrots, or other desired toppings.

  9. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month. It's best enjoy slightly chilled (not frozen). You can let it sit out at room temperature up to 2 hours, but the frosting can begin to get soft.