Nadia Damaso’s Nutty Carrot Cake Recipe
This decadent Nutty Spiced Carrot Cake with Cashew-Lemon Cream, Pecan-Ricepuff-Caramel Crunch & Fresh Thyme was created for Franke by food artist Nadia Damaso!
“Every time I create a recipe it’s always about the combination of new flavours & different textures. Every bite of this moist carrot cake with the creamy cashew-sauce & the pecan-ricepuff crunch creates a real taste explosion in your mouth and puts a big smile on your face and belly!” - Nadia
And best of all its healthy! Vegan and completely free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten, but still 100% delicious & satisfying for anyone with a sweet tooth!
- 3 Tbsp milled flaxseed
- 110 ml lukewarm water
- 680 g grated carrots
- 200 g pecans
- 150 g almonds, peeled
- 220 g rolled oats, gluten-free and ground OR gluten-free flour of your choice (e.g. spelt flour)
- 150 g ground almonds, peeled
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla paste (or 1 scraped-out vanilla pod)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch cardamom
- 200 ml maple syrup
- 60 ml coconut oil, melted
- 100 g coconut yoghurt, unsweetened
- 100 ml lemon juice, fresh
- + grated zest of 1 1/2 lemons
- 6 g ginger, freshly grated
Cashew Cream Ingredients
- 200 g cashews, soaked overnight
- 150 ml coconut milk
- 3/4 lemon, juice and peel
- 3 Tbsp (approx. 90 g) rice syrup (or honey)
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 120 g coconut blossom sugar
- 2–3 Tbsp water
- 50 g whole rice puffs
- 100 g pecans, roasted
- 1 bunch thyme, fresh
- 3–4 Tbsp coconut milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Preheat oven to 160°C on convection mode. Mix the flaxseed with the water, stir well and set aside for 10 minutes. Place the cashews for the cream in a bowl, cover with water and soak for at least 2 hours. Roast the 300 g pecans and 150 g peeled almonds in the preheated oven for 10 minutes until golden brown, remove and leave to cool.
Peel and finely grate the carrots into a large bowl. Chop 200 g pecans and 150 g almonds into small pieces and add to bowl. Finely grind the rolled oats and the remaining almonds in a blender. Mix with the baking powder and cardamom and add to the large bowl.
Mix the maple syrup with the freshly grated ginger, add to the large bowl and then mix everything well until uniform. Line a baking tin (20 x 20 cm or Ø 24 cm) with baking paper, fill with cake mixture, smooth (approx. 4 cm high) and bake for 80–85 minutes. Open oven slightly and allow to cool for 30 minutes, then take cake out and leave to cool down completely.
Thoroughly rinse the soaked cashews in a sieve, place in a powerful blender, add the remaining ingredients for the cream and mix for 5–6 minutes at high speed until really smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl and place in fridge until slightly firmer.
For the crunch, heat the coconut blossom sugar with the water in a frying pan; allow to caramelise slightly. Add the rice puffs, the remaining 100 g of finely chopped pecans, cinnamon and about 1 Tbsp of plucked thyme leaves; add 2 Tbsp of coconut milk and stir well on medium heat until the mixture is caramel-like and sticks together. Remove from heat, add another 1 Tbsp of coconut milk if needed, spread out on baking paper, wrap in it and leave to cool in the freezer until set.
Cut the cooled cake into two even layers (cut off edges if necessary) and spread the lower half with some of the cold cashew cream. Sprinkle with half of the now-firm crunch, place the upper half of the cake on top, spread the cashew cream on all sides, garnish with thyme leaves and the rest of the crunch. Delightfully fresh if refrigerated for two hours before serving; otherwise – enjoy immediately.