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carrot cake loaf slices, topped with cream cheese icing and chopped pecans

Easy Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: The Hangry Chickpea
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooling Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This lightened up vegan carrot cake bread is a perfect snack when you want something a little sweet, but don't want to feel guilty about it. And it's SUPER easy. 


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Wet ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 6 Tbsp aquafaba (juice from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts (optional)

Dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream cheese icing

  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Miyoko's)
  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese (such as Violife)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp good vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven & prepare pan: preheat oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, grease the inside of a loaf pan with a Tbsp of two of vegan butter. Then add a Tbsp or two of flour and shake around until inside of the pan is covered. Set aside. 
  2. Combine wet ingredients: in one bowl, combine all wet ingredients and whisk gently until combined. 
  3. Combine dry ingredients: in a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk gently. 
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet: add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and whick until combined. Pour into loaf pan, and bake for 35-40 mins.* When a toothpick comes out of the middle clean, it's ready! 
  5. Cool carrot loaf: cool carrot cake loaf in pan for 10-15 minutes, then carefully remove from pan, running a dull knife around the edges before turning onto a cooling rack. Cool completely (45-60 minutes) then store in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  6. Prepare icing: while the loaf is cooling, let butter and cream cheese soften on the counter in a mixing bowl, covered. When your loaf is sufficiently cool, beat with other icing ingredients, and gently ice top of the loaf. There might be some icing left - drizzle some on top of your slice if desired for extra sweetness and enjoy! 


Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction's Carrot Cake Loaf

*35-40 mins is the benchmark for a 1 and 1/2 lb loaf pan. For a smaller loaf pan, add 3-5 minutes then test with a toothpick. For larger loaf pans, subtract 3-5 minutes. 

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