Welcome to the famous, amazing, wonderful and incredible – the Virtual Vegan Potluck!
This is it – the day I have been looking forward to for weeks has finally arrived! The Virtual Vegan Potluck is a gathering of more than 100 enthused bloggers, from all over the world, sharing their creative vegan recipes. Maybe you have already been working your way around the virtual vegan potluck – if so, I hope you have enjoyed some wonderful food – appetizers, soups, breads, starters, mains, drinks, and now desserts! I am so happy I signed up to make dessert! Because….
“Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal,
since it will be the last thing your guests will
remember before they pass out all over the table” – William Powel
I love Vegan desserts and in particular Raw food desserts make my heart beat. Apart from being sinfully delicious, they are nutritious and packed full of goodness! So go for it – eat, indulge, enjoy and be healthier for every bite.
One of my old time favorites – is carrot cake with creme cheese icing!
I have created an almost raw food version of this old time favorite, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
So lets get to it!
Carrot Cake with cranberries topped with an orange, vanilla cream icing, served with orange sauce
3 cups of grated carrots
1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of oats
10 -12 dates Mojol
2-4 spoons agave
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a bowl, add the grated carrots and the cooked sprouted quinoa, grate the rind of the oranges, and then add the juice of the oranges. In a blender, blend the walnuts and the oats till it becomes flour-like, and add to the carrots. Add the spices to the bowl and stir well. In a blender put the ingredients from the bowl and add the pitted dates, blend smooth – I needed to do it in two batches. Put it back in the bowl and add the agave and the cranberries.
Put it into a pie pan
Make the Orange, Vanilla cream icing
2 cups of cashews ( that have been soaked for 2-4 hrs or overnight in the fridge)
4 spoons of Agave
1 vanilla pod
Drain the soaked cashews and put them in the blender, add the juice of one freshly squeezed orange, add the agave and scrape out the vanilla bean. Put it in and blend into a smooth cream. Spread it on top of the cake and decorate with walnuts.
Serve with Orange Sauce
2 spoons of Agave
Squeeze the juice of the orange and add agave to make the sauce.
Sorry I had to take a bite and another one and one more …………………. and then tomorrow I will have leftovers for breakfast!
This is my contribution. Thank you for coming to the Virtual Potluck – I am thrilled you came!!
But before I let you go – lets raise our glasses and make a big heartfelt toast to the Virtual Potluck people! – The Virtual Vegan Potluck was initiated and arranged by one of my favorite virtual friends and bloggers, Annie at anunrefinedvegan!
She birthed this idea and made it possible – thank you Annie!! Thank you also to 3 more beautiful virtual friends and bloggers, Somer from Vedged Out , Lidia from Veganbloggersunite and Jason from Jason and the Veganauts for helping make this event possible. Lots of work went into this – thank you guys you are amazing!!!
… and so the party continues the show goes on and on and on – click forward or backward as you please by clicking the “go forward” – “go back” images below.
Enjoy and have fun
Hear hear! Raising a glass to all good vegan bloggers and recipes and going to have a double helping of your wonderful Carrot Cake!
Thank you! Looking forward to seeing your entry, I am sure I will need a double helping too! Cheers 🙂
Thank you so much!
It’s funny. I actually prefer vanilla frosting to cheesecake frosting on carrot cake. It’s rare to find, but it’s out there. I’m glad to see someone taking up the charge for vanilla frosting on carrot cake!
Oh yes – vanilla frosting is my favourite too 🙂
You probably have a fantastic version on your blog?
Such a lovely dessert! Happy VVP Day
Thank you! Hope you had a happy VVP day too! I am traveling so I will be working my way round slowly, but surely.
Looking forward to seeing your dish 🙂
I like thinking the Potluck is famous, Anne! What an absolutely GORGEOUS cake you’ve made! I knew you’d share something wonderful. Thank you, my friend. Hugs to you.
Famous and fantastic 🙂
Big hugs to you my friend!
I would never have guessed this is vegan my friend it looks awesome 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
Thanks Uru – I am always so surprised about how amazing vegan and raw food cakes taste. As you say – you wouldn’t know when you look at them and you wont know when you try them. I always thought they would be dry, tasteless and boring but no, they are deliciously good and you can’t tell the difference – you feel it 🙂
Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey 🙂
Ahh, great to “see” you 🙂 thanks for stopping by!
Lovely cake! It looks delicious.
Thank you so much!
I loved your beautiful cookies too 🙂 They looked just perfect!
I tried to leave a comment on your site, but it didn’t work for me?
Thanks for visiting!
never eaten carrot cake, I think I have to try this… love your photos and this is what makes people make food let’s face it. You may have a great recipe, but without good photos it’s just a recipe and not a great recipe 🙂
I totally agree with you Thom! We eat with our eyes first!
Thank you Thom! I agree with you, photos are everything – I would never buy a cook book without great photos – I eat with my eyes – for me food has to be beautiful too, then I am in heaven 🙂
I loved your Mango Lassi!
Looks so so good!
Thank you Lisa!
I love anything with carrots in it. This looks super decadent. I will have to give it a bash soon.
Thank you for the great recipe.
I hope you will enjoy it! Thanks for visiting!
This looks so good, I love carrot cake! And I love your photo and plate presentation!
Thank you Liz – I hope you will try my carrot cake 🙂
Thanks for visiting!
Anne, you lovely creature. I love this and coming all the way from Denmark! I was thinking of you when I posted my aebleskiver post the other day 🙂 I adore this mostly raw carrot cake! So healthy and so delicious! Thanks so much for being such a special part of this feast! xx
You are so sweet, thank you!!
Somer – did you make œbleskiver?? That is such an old Danish favorite. I am coming over to check that out! How do you know œbleskiver – do you have some viking blood in you?
Nutritious, easy, tasty,… there is no excuse not to try it. I’m printing out the recipe. Thanks Anne!
Hi dear Amy – thank you!! I really hope you will love the cake 🙂
I haven’t had carrot cake in years, this looks amazing!
Thank you Brittany!
That looks beautiful! I love the presentation. : )
Thank you so much, Allison!!
Now, I would have loved this if it had just been a classic carrot cake. But then you changed it up and made it with vanilla frosting. And added that decadent orange sauce. And for kicks added cranberry to the cake. And noe I LOVE it!!
Thank you so much:-)
I really love this almost raw version of carrot cake – I hope you give it a try!
What a spectacular dessert recipe Anne! So very beautiful and healthy too! But of course you would bring something this sophisticated 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful time in Denmark! XO
Thank you Shira! I had such a great time in DK, now I am back with jet lag – but I can’t wait to try your VVP main dish – it looks SO goood!
Look at you making healthy delicious! This looks great 🙂 Very moist. I was a bit disappointed that I missed out on the pot luck but you have done an incredible job. Not that I expected any different from you!
Thank you Cass you are so sweet!! I can’t wait to see you at the next VVP 🙂
I tried leaving a comment last week but I think it went to spam! Anyways, I think your cake is absolutely gorgeous and healthy too! Wow, is all I can say! I’ve never even had carrot cake before but this looks divine!
Thank you so much!! You are wonderful coming back to make sure I got your message – thank you!!!
I hope you will the carrot cake one day 🙂