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Spooky Vegan Carrot Cake


To a recent Halloween party, I brought along a healthy (vegan!) carrot cake.

Complete with a thick layer of purple healthy frosting.

It’s my cupcake recipe, simply baked in cake form (recipe follows, below). And I made the little boy out of fondant. As usual, with my creations, the entire cake is edible. People were fighting over who got to eat the boy’s head. Really, people? The head? With all that carrot-cake goodness underneath?



Vegan Carrot Cake

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or white, or others have said plain whole wheat works)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot (100g)
  • 1 teaspoon Ener-G egg replacer (for one egg) (or use a flax “egg”)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 2/3 containers applesauce (the 1/2-cup containers), or about 160 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons liquid (water, nondairy milk, juice, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or 8-10 NuNaturals stevia packets if you like the taste of stevia-sweetened baked goods.)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Optional add-ins: raisins, shredded coconut, walnuts, pineapple tidbits (If you add pineapple, you’ll probably want to decrease the applesauce or liquid a bit.)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix dry ingredients, then add the carrot and wet ingredients. Mix again, until just combined (it’s important to not overmix).

See the original muffin post for Calories and Nutrition Info.

Luckily, I procured a small slice for myself at the party… ’cause there weren’t any leftovers!


I frosted the cake with Healthy “Cream Cheese” Icing.
Question of the Day:
If you follow a special diet, how do you deal with parties?

Do you bring food to share? Do you bring food for just yourself? Or (if your diet’s self-imposed) do you break your diet for the party? Usually, I bring food to share! I try to take advantage of every single opportunity I get to show people that healthy, vegan food can be delicious!

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Published on November 4, 2010

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  1. Grace says

    GORGEOUS Katie, really pretty cake!
    I generally eat ahead of time and try to also bring 1 or 2 potluck items to share at parties so I have something to eat while others are eating.

  2. Annette says

    That’s a really cute cake!!

    I’ve just started reading your blog the last month, so if this topic has already been covered, please excuse me!
    I was just wondering if in addition to following a vegan diet you also follow a vegan “lifestyle” as far as clothes, household products, make-up etc? If you do, I think it would be interesting to hear about some of that stuff as well!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hey Annette,
      I actually haven’t written anywhere near as much about that topic as I want! There are so many post topics I want to write, and that particular one has been on my list for a long time. I’m definitely working on writing a post for it.
      But for now, I’ll quickly tell you: I do try to live as “veganly” as possible, which means I try to only use household cleaners that are vegan (or at least not from companies that test on animals), make-up (I looooooove Urban Decay and just wish it weren’t so darn expensive!), shampoo (Desert Essence coconut!), non-leather belts and shoes, etc.

      • Annette says

        Well of course you use a coconut shampoo!! lol

        And to answer your blog question – I bring desserts to family gatherings so that I will have something sweet to eat. At our last birthday party, I brought a lemon cake from Spiral Diner, and everyone ate it and didn’t even touch the cake from a regular bakery!
        Do you have any lemon cake/cupcake recipes? I llooooovvvveeee lemon flavored desserts now.

  3. Tina says

    Hey Katie!
    I´ve never seen a more beautiful cake than yours! It´s so pretty!!!!

    At Parties I bring my own food. But when this is not possible, I often eat the decoration of the buffet :-)! Or the people who give the party, make some food especially for me!!! Thanks to my mother, who have always good ideas, to leave me not hungry at famlily-birthday-parties or on Christmas…..!


  4. couchpotatoathlete says

    The cake looks beautiful! I love the bright purple color 🙂

    I try to bring something to share at parties — I really only try to avoid dairy, but I can have it in small amounts. It doesn’t seem to affect me then. When I was losing weight with weight watchers I would always bring a fruit/veggie tray. Always!

  5. Caitlin says


    I have pretty bad stomach issues, so I try to eat gluten free. I also don’t like meat. Even still, there are almost always great options for me at social gatherings. I try to bring food to share or for myself, BUT if that doesn’t happen I just eat what’s available and then deal with the consequences. I should/could be more careful, but after the whole “eating disorder” fiasco I don’t think it is worth it to let my diet control my life.

  6. abby says

    i want to come to your next party! why? well to meet you, of course! oh ok, i really want to come so i can grab a slice of that cake ;). it looks so naughty. who would’ve guessed it’s healthy when it’s purple and has luscious looking icing like that? yum!

  7. Sarahishealthy says

    Katie that cake is gorgeous! When I get married, can you make mine? Just maybe don’t make it purple ;). Aw heck, if it’s that pretty you can go ahead and make it purple anyway ;). I’ll just have to get married in October!

  8. Eric Jaffa says

    I mostly eat organic carrots and potatoes.

    Root vegetables absorb what is in the soil, & vegetables which aren’t organic may be grown with nasty stuff in the soil.

  9. Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA says

    If it’s a little party that isn’t focused around food, I’ll just eat beforehand and not eat while I’m there. But if we’re supposed to bring things or food feels like more of an attraction, I’ll usually whip up a batch of cookies. Those always impress people. And I definitely never stop being vegan at a party!

  10. Emily says

    i think bringing food you can eat to share is a great way to have something to eat a party..and show your friends that vegan food can be delish! and your cake is so cute, katie! 🙂

  11. VEGirl says

    Katie, I agree with Sarahishealthy– please make me a cake (gluten-free, please?). I will fly you over for my birthday. Seriously. I know you’ve covered some about how you decorate your cupcakes/cakes, but where do you buy fondant. Or do you make it yourself– like a vegan marzipan?

    Also, we usually bring food to parties. If we go to someones house for dinner– we almost always make part or the whole meal! At potlucks we bring something substantial we can eat and share. But we always have to take some first, because there is no telling what gluten could fly its way into the bowl after that!


    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I buy the cheapo wilton fondant at Michaels. It’s vegan, surprisingly, so I have no qualms about using it. I don’t eat it, though, because it tastes gross (and is full of hydrogenated oils, etc). But at least it appears to be cruelty-free :).
      I’d love to come visit! *Packs cake-making gear*

  12. Aly says

    Well, being the fact that food makes or breaks any engagement/party, I always bring some food. Usually I’ll make something super yummy and then just like not tell anyone it’s vegan (I don’t know if it’s the same around you, but here everyone thinks that because it’s vegan it’s going be bland and gross… ughhhh). It’s really hard to feed people good food nowadays. 😉
    That cake looks yummlicious though! I have to present some vegan recipes to my dining hall chefs here at Calvin College today and I don’t know where to start yet! Wish me luck!!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Good luck, definitely!
      Yes, I wait to tell them it’s vegan until AFTER they say they like it. (Actually, by now, my friends have all figured out that vegan food is good, so I don’t need to worry anymore. But when I first started feeding them vegan food, I would wait.)

  13. Ilana says

    I usually eat before because I don’t know if there will be something there that I can eat – or depending on where I’m going I will try to bring something! Next weekend my boyfriend and I are going to a gala where neither of us will be able to eat the food (I’m vegan, and he keeps strict Kosher – sometimes I actually love the fact that he and I both have dietary limitations, we understand each other on that level), so we’re meeting before for dinner then heading out on the town.
    I used to be the “oh I’ll make an exception if it’s really good or if it’s a special occasion” person, but recently my mindset towards my diet has shifted – I’m a lot more devoted to maintaining a strictly vegan diet than I was even six months ago, I guess it’s the kind of evolution that comes along with making certain choices for yourself. It’s soooo interesting to track how my preferences change!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Haha I feel the same way! Like looking back on what I ate in childhood… I used to get stomachaches, and now I think back and go, “Well yeah, of course I got stomachaches! My diet included lots of ham sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and iced tea with sweet-n-low!”

  14. Jocelyn says

    Your cakes/cupcakes are so beautiful! You are VERY talented. I could never do that!!

    As far as your question…when I was first trying to eat healthier I would avoid parties/gatherings all together. I remember this one baby shower where I KNEW they were having a chocolate fondue (which I LOVE) and I just did not have the willpower yet to be in the same room with all that chocolate and not eat it all!! So I sent a gift, but did not attend. 🙁 I’ve detoxed my body for the most part now, so I don’t crave the sugar/goodies anymore…thank heavens! So I can go to a party (such as Halloween) surrounded by TONZ of junk and just pass. Like alot of the other replies, I make sure I eat before I go, but I know I won’t starve while there, and I didn’t even feel deprived by not being able to eat the food presented. I was almost sitting there thinking “Suckas!! I can’t believe you’re eating all that junk!!” LOL! I need to be more like you though and take something delicious and HEALTHY to share so people can explore other options besides the normal American diet.

  15. Cindy says

    what an ADORABLE cake!

    how on earth do you make the cute shapes that you do!

    I hope there was not a peice left….how could there be??

    I have changed over the years but I try and eat ahead so I am not hungry and i just figure it out. I haven’t figured it all out and we don’t go out often so it’s not a pressing issue.


  16. spoonfulofsugarfree says

    I usually like to bring a side dish or a sugar free dessert! But I usually can find something I can eat at parties…If not, I always bring a back-up in my purse like a bag of nuts and an apple…

  17. whatenergycreates says

    I love to bake, so it’s a great excuse for me to bring baked goods to a party! I also need to learn how to make things out of fondant. Being addicted to cake shows like Ace of Cakes/Cake Boss, I am so intrigued and just want to make little people out of food all day.

  18. Moni'sMeals says

    Katie! I love your decorations for cupcakes and cakes! You are too cute and you should have a side business going. hehe. Looks really good.

    I always eat before and have a few snacks in my purse but usually I can swing it. I am not vegan though (almost…almost, if makes sense) so it is much easier. 🙂

    I am known to bring the veggies with a killer homemade dip though! 🙂

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Omg that cake is too cute!!!!!!! Or spooky 🙂 Love the frosting decorating job you did. Adorable!!!

    Going to parties….well, I make sure I eat something first. There is usually something I can eat or want to eat, i.e. fruit, veggies but if there’s not, I realized that I will only be there 3 hours or whatever, and that I will not die of starvation and can just eat when I get home.. even if that’s not ideal 🙂

    I wish I could go to parties like yours….that way I could eat up your vegan cake!!


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