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vegan carrot cake cupcakes on a serving platter

Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins

  • Author: Romy
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan Carrot Cake Muffins are simply the perfect sweet treat! I love creating these for Easter, but they're tasty any time of the year - if we're completely honest.


Units Scale
  • 150 ml coconut milk (you can replace this with any plant-based milk of your choice!)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp milled flaxseeds
  • 3 tsp water
  • 350 g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 170 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 170 g coconut oil
  • 2-3 large, shredded carrot

For the topping:

  • 85 g coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 340 g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 tsp soy milk


  1. Mix the coconut milk and the apple cider vinegar and set aside in the fridge to curdle.
  2. In the meantime, blend the flax seeds and 3 tsp of water in a small bowl and also set this aside into the fridge. This will be your egg replacer in the recipe.
  3. Sieve the flour along with the baking powder and baking soda into a big bowl, then add the cinnamon and ginger powder. If you are using fresh ginger instead of the powdered version, make sure to only use a small amount and blend it into your wet ingredients for the recipe.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar with the vanilla extract and melted coconut oil and add it to the flour mixture. Also, mix in the shredded carrots and blend well using a spatula.
  5. Preheat your oven to 340°F (170°C) and grease a muffin tin with a little coconut oil, then equally divide your dough between 12 muffin holes. Transfer them to the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until risen and golden, then remove them from the oven. 
  6. Let the muffins cool down completely before adding the topping. This is vital as the warmth of the muffins will otherwise keep your topping liquid and it will simply run down the sides of the muffins.
  7. Now onto the topping: Blend the melted coconut oil with the rest of the ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy texture. Make sure that the coconut oil is properly melted beforehand and that your mix is thick and not runny. If it’s too runny simply try adding a little more powdered sugar until a smooth but thick consistency is achieved. To get your topping onto the muffins you can simply use a large spoon to pour it over the individual muffins, or use a piping bag if you’re into making a pretty pattern – completely down to you!
  8. Feel free to decorate your carrot cake to your liking – my personal favourite is shredded carrot and walnuts, but shredded coconut it also very tasty! Leave the muffins out for the topping to dry completely until transferring to the fridge.
  9. And finally the most important part: enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 10
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Sodium: 236.8mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 50.7mg

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