If you’re riding the alternative flour train, get on board with cassava! This grain-free, Paleo-friendly starch is made from the large, tapered cassava root (it looks a lot like a sweet potato), and can often be used as a 1:1 sub in your favorite recipes. We whipped up a vegan cake filled with spices like nutmeg and cloves, then spread an irresistible, cashew-based frosting on top. And here’s a tip: The nuts need to soak overnight, so build that into your baking time!
Vegan Fig Carrot Cake
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours and 5 minutes
Make the cake
In a large bowl, add dry ingredients; whisk to combine. In a medium bowl, add wet ingredients; stir to combine. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into the well; stir until just combined. Add carrots, raisins, and coconut; stir, but do not overmix. Divide batter equally between the prepared cake pans and spread with an icing spatula to level out. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center of the cake. Let cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting
Place cashews in a medium bowl and cover with water; soak overnight. Drain and rinse cashews, then add to a food processor along with the maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt; process until smooth. Transfer frosting to a bowl and chill for at least 2 hours before using.
Make the caramel sauce
Whisk together the coconut oil and maple syrup in a small sauce pan over medium heat, until smooth. Whisk in the cashew butter, salt, and vanilla extract until fully mixed. Chill until ready to use.
Frost the cake
Place one layer of cake on a serving plate. Top with 1 cup of frosting, and spread it evenly over cake. Top with another cake layer. Add another 1 cup of frosting to top, and spread evenly over top, and slightly over the sides of the cake. Frost the sides of the cake by spreading a heaping spatula full along the sides, then scraping excess frosting off as you go. Repeat until cake is covered with frosting on all sides.
Drizzle perimeter of cake with caramel sauce. Place fresh figs on top of caramel sauce. Serve.