vegan carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Vegan carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting

These are bitesize versions of the scrummy carrot cake, topped with a decadent vegan cream cheese frosting.


Carrot cake lover, or hater?

When I mentioned to my friends that I was working on a vegan carrot cake recipe, to my surprise, I got a mixed response. Some were very keen to try the recipe, but others were put off by the idea of eating veg inside cake.

But I am a big carrot cake lover, so I simply had to create this recipe and hope that by making them into cute bitesize muffins that it would be more appealing to all the carrot cake haters out there.

Are vegan carrot cake muffins healthy?

Just because carrot cake is made using vegetables doesn’t mean it is healthy. Yes, it has some healthy aspects. Carrot is a great source of nutrients. But I’d definitely recommend eating raw carrot to get those nutrients, rather than relying on it’s existence within a sweet sugary cake.

Why bake cakes with vegetables?

So, we know it isn’t necessarily because we are trying to make cake healthy.

Vegetables not only help to change the texture of a cake, but they also help to add their own unique flavour profiles. Carrots are actually quite a sweet tasting vegetable and also help to bring an earthy savoury flavour to the cake.

Carrot cake tips

So, for all you carrot cake haters out there, I have some top tips for you so you too can enjoy this tasty cake.

Lucy holding vegan carrot cupcakes

Making carrot cake muffins gluten-free

As many of you will already know, I am a big lover of Doves Gluten-Free Flour blends. I use them in most of my gluten-free recipes, like these my banana pancakes – which I’m often told are better than the gluten versions!

Well, these gluten-free flour blends work amazingly in sponges. They keep the sponge light and fluffy and still allow for a good rise.

I’d even go as far as to say that you wouldn’t be able to tell that these vegan carrot cakes are gluten-free.

You may have different results if you use single gluten-free flours, like oat, or almond, rather than a pre-made blend.

Doves' Freee Gluten-Free Flour Blend

The perfect gluten-free flour to create beautifully fluffy vegan carrot cake muffins.

How do you make vegan cream cheese frosting?

Cream cheese frosting is a vital component of carrot cake. And it is no different for vegan carrot cake.

However, cream cheese frosting is traditionally made using dairy cream cheese.

But, fear not! There are now so many amazing vegan alternatives out there that it is easy to replicate the tangy creaminess that can also be achieved with dairy.

We always have a tub of Nush almond cheese style spread in our house, and despite initial concern, it worked perfectly in the frosting.

I also added in a dollop of soy yoghurt to the mix and it helped to elevate the tang. Just be careful when mixing it in, adding too much liquid to buttery frosting can cause it to curdle. Always add liquids slowly and gradually.

vegan carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Vegan carrot cake muffin recipe

lucy johnson founder of edible ethics vegan recipe hubLucy Johnson
A gluten-free and vegan recipe with cream cheese frosting
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12 muffins


Cupcake Mix



  • Preheat oven to 180° (fan 160)
  • Grease a muffin tray (the mix makes 6 large muffins or 12 smaller muffins)
  • Start whisking the aquafaba with a mixer (or a handheld electric whisk), you’ll want to whisk for about 10 minutes until the mix is stiff and has formed white peaks
  • Gradually spoon in the sugar to the aquafaba mix whilst still whisking
  • Set aside the aquafaba and sugar mix
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder and spices into a large bowl
  • Mix in the finely grated carrots and chopped pecans to the flour mix.
  • Stir in the oil until well incorporated and then fold in the aquafaba-sugar mix
  • Pour the cake mix into the greased muffin moulds
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool
  • Whilst waiting, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl
  • Whip up the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and well incorporated
  • Whisk in all the icing sugar to the butter and cream cheese mix
  • Gradually spoon in the yoghurt whilst mixing, take it slowly to avoid curdling.
  • Once the muffins have cooled, pipe on the frosting - or simply spoon straight on top!

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