HOLIDAY CARROT CAKE 🍂🧡🍂

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Hello my Dearest Foodies,

We are entering the time when our houses begin to smell like cinnamon, apple pie or pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Although, we already had Thanksgiving here in Canada, there is more holidays on the way there for I am working on delicious and guilt free desserts!

Today I have for you truly decadent, yet highly nutritious carrot cake. It takes little bit of work to make it, but it's well worth it, I guarantee.

I wish you a wonderful week 🍂🧡🍂

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HOLIDAY CARROT CAKE
Whole Grain Spelt Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream, Spiced Caramel & Roasted Pecans
Vegan – Refined Sugar Free
Author: Lena’s Vegan Living

INGREDIENTS
• Whole grain spelt flour 4 cups
• Xylitol – Birch sugar 1 ½ cup
• Carrots 4 ½ cups (shredded, very finely)
• Baking powder 4tsp
• Baking soda 1 tsp
• Salt 1 tsp
• Pumpkin spice 1 1/2tbs (store bought or homemade)
• Grape seed oil ½ cup (or oil of your choice)
• Unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup
• Orange juice 2 cups (preferable fresh squeezed)
• Walnuts crushed 1/2 cup
• Spring cake forms 7inch 3
• Parchment paper
• Piping bag

PROCESS
• Preheat oven to 340F.
• Cut 7inch diam circles out of parchment paper and line your cake forms. Brush the bottoms lightly with oil first, it will help the paper stick.
• In a large bowl, mix the flour with sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt & spice.
• Mix thoroughly and add carrots, oil, apple sauce and orange juice.
• Mix thoroughly again and divide into your forms into three equal portions.
• Place in the middle of the rack and bake for 45min or until the toothpick comes clean when you prick in the center.
• When ready, let it cool for a few minutes before taking out off forms.
• After, let cool on the rack completely and place into refrigerator overnight, before decorating.

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CASHEW CREAM
• Cashews 2 cups (presoaked for 4 to 6 hours)
• Canned coconut cream 1 cup (cooled, including the coconut water)
• Xylitol – Bitch sugar 1/2 cup
• Vanilla extract 1 tsp
• Lemon juice ¼ cup
Blend all in the blender until smooth and place into refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

TO DECORATE
• Apply three ¾ cups of cashew cream on bottom and middle cake layer and spread with spatula all the way to the edge.
• Place them on top of each other and the third layer one on top.
• Apply thin layer of cream on top and all around the cake.
• Decorate with piping bag and place into refrigerator.
• In the meantime, prepare your spiced caramel.
• When ready, carefully pour the caramel in the middle, you need less than ¼ cup.
• Roast whole pecans on heated pan. Reduce the heat and stir with spatula so both sides turn golden. It will take only few minutes, so be careful, do not burn.
• Let it cool down for 5 minutes and transfer into a blender. Grind by pressing pulse button. Make sure they remain chunky.
• Sprinkle on top of your cake most dense the center and serve.

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SPICED CARAMEL
• Maple syrup ¼ cup
• Orange juice 1tbs
• Lemon juice 2tsp
• Pumpkin spice 1/8tsp
• Himalayan pink salt 1/8tsp
PROCESS
• In a small pot, bring maple syrup to boil, add rest of the ingredients and stir well.
• Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5min.
• Take it off the heat and transfer into small dish. Let it cool down for 10min.

PUMPKIN SPICE
• Ground cinnamon 1tbs
• Ground nutmeg 2tsp
• Ground ginger2tsp
• Ground cloves 1tsp
Mix all thoroughly and store in a sealed jar.

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THANK YOU FOR VISITING & BON APPETIT
FOR RECIPES PLEASE VISIT MY Lena's Vegan Living Blog

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Thank you so much 😊

Would love to have a slice of this delicious looking cake indeed Lena

Thank you so much Michel, I wish I could send you a piece 😊

I wish you could deliver a piece.

I wish I could deliver a whole cake for you Janton, lol.

Just wait till we buy a summer vacation home in Canada!

That would be awesome.........in Vancouver!

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Thank you 😊

Yummy 😋😊😍❤

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Thank you 😊

Wow, this cake looks delicious, I love carrot cake!

Thank you so much Sweetie, I am happy to hear that 😍

How delicious my dear

Thank you so much Sweetie 🧡😍🧡

You are welcome my dear

What a beautiful and appetizing cake!

Thank you so much, I am happy you like it 😊

That truly is a stunning presentation! You have outdone yourself on this one, though I'm sure it tastes just as good as it looks!

You are so sweet Katie! Altough I must admit you are right, I did outdone my self, lol. It was lots of work and I am much better making raw cakes than baked. Luckily it did turned out delicious. Thank you so much

carrot cake is one of my favourite cake to eat ! 😋 I keep your receipe that sounds yummilicious !

I am so happy to hear that! The cake is really delicious, my daughter and my landlord loved it. Thank you so much for visiting my Dear Barbara!😍

That looks stunning! The orange in there is a really good idea, adds some exciting sweet-sour flavours.

You are right about the orange Anais. Thank you so much Sweetie, I am happy you like it 🍊😍🍊

Howdy Miss Lena! This is magnificent! I really love carrot cakes but the ones I've had are of course very bad for you. lol. But this masterpiece is a superfood supercake! I love the idea and the end results, it's dang near too good to be true!

Howdy Janon! What dessert you don't love? LOL! Nevertheless, I am glad you like this one and yes it is very healthy, especially compare to regular kind. Also it was truly delicious, even my landlord loved it and my daughter said it was amazing and one of my best! Honestly I surprised myself, because I am much better at making raw desserts than baked. But I must to tell you, I prayed very hard to God and Angels to help me make it...........and it really worked. I am so grateful. Anyway, thank you so much for visiting and for your support 😊

That's true, I like all desserts. Well, I love all desserts. lol. But carrot cake is such a unique one and you proved that it can be healthy which is stunning!

I guess you just have to put an apron on and make it 😂😂😂

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lol! maybe so!

Yeah!!!

This looks SO GOOD. I am craving vegan carrot cake now.

I wish I could send you a piece! Thank you so much 😊

Oh course she did. Of course she whipped up @dandays favorite plant base, dairy free carrot cake!

I haven’t had a vegan friendly carrot cake since the bakery off the 405 in Long Beach. It’s been about a year, Lena, and you just made me want to book a flight to Canada.

Hello @dandays, what a nice surprise! I wish I could send it to you my friend, however, I think @puravidaville could make it for you. Altough, she would have to make it gluten free so she can eat it too. She could just make cupcakes to be on the safe side. Here is a recipe that I made in spring. Same ingredients: https://steemit.com/esteem/@lenasveganliving/carrot-cake-minis

Thak you so much for stooping by, I hope you are both well 😍