This delicious cake was inspired by a friend's birthday that happens to fall during our annual cleanse each summer. But tastes SO much better than #cleanseworthy! No refined sugars, gluten, dairy or eggs! And an extra bonus, during these hot summer months, no oven needed :)
LEMON CASHEW FROSTING
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
½ cup - 1 cup coconut oil
Blend together cashews, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, adding filtered water until nice and smooth.
With blender running, slowing pour in coconut oil.
Let set in fridge for 30 mins for easy spreading while you make the carrot cake layer.
CARROT CAKE LAYER
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup almond meal
2 large carrots, peeled & grated
1 cup currants
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon zest
½ cup Medjool dates
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil
In the food processor, pulse the almonds, cashews, and half the coconut to a crumble. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
In the large bowl, add almond meal, remaining coconut, grated carrot, currants, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon zest to the nut crumble.
In the food processor, pulse dates, sweetener and coconut oil.
Add wet mixture to the dry mixture in the large bowl and mix together.
Line a 20cm springform cake tin with parchment paper.
Remove the cashew cream from the fridge and begin to layer your cake, starting with the carrot cake mix. Smooth with the back of a spoon and add a layer of cashew cream. Smooth and place back in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Remove from freezer and add another layer. Continue until you have used all of the carrot cake and cashew cream.
Replace in the freezer to set.
Recipe from: Food Matters.