Looking for something to bake this weekend? Then whip these up! They take only minutes to mix up, 1/4 of the time of a regular cake to bake, and you get 100% of the deliciousness.
What is a Cake Mini? Why Bake One?
I’ve been working lately on a new style of dessert – Cake Minis. A Cake Mini is a basically just a small version of a regular cake. So, I know what you’re thinking…what’s the difference between this and a cupcake? Well, a cake mini is baked in a ramekin instead of a cupcake tin. This means no more putting an awkward, mostly-empty cupcake tin in the oven AND (perhaps the best part) easier clean up for you! Score!
But I’m not Vegan!
Oh and you don’t have to be vegan to make these. I’m not vegan. Heck, I’m not even vegetarian. But, I’ve found that when baking in small sizes, which I like to do a lot, it’s easier to make something vegan since eggs are really hard to portion out in the small amounts needed for these types of recipes. Feel free to use eggs instead of flaxseed-eggs (use 4 teaspoons egg instead of mixture of 1 teaspoon flaxseed + 3 teaspoons water).
My first Cake Mini recipe was in one of my favorite flavors – Coconut Cream. This one is perhaps a more popular flavor (or at least one you guys have been asking for with such enthusiasm) – Carrot Cake!
Yup, I used freshly grated carrots in these cupcakes.
In fact, there is almost one carrot in each Cake Mini! So it’s like healthy…ish. Ok, not really, but we can pretend, right? 😉
I doubled my recipe to make four Cake Minis since I was entertaining last weekend. It worked out quite nicely.
I think I need another Crate and Barrel ramekin since I had to use a turquoise Le Creuset dish to bake my fourth! lol. But, really, any baking dish that is 3 inches in diameter should work.
Anywho, like I said, this recipe really is easy and fast. Just mix dry, mix wet, mix wet mixture into dry mixture, pour, bake, make frosting, frost and enjoy. Ok, there is some time required to allow the cakes to cool to room temperature, but the best things come to those who wait, right? At least you don’t have to bake a cake for a full hour like full-sized versions! See what I do for you guys? I saved your 40 minutes of your weekend! 😉
Carrot Cake Minis (for two)
Having a sweets craving? Why waste all the ingredients and time baking a full-sized cake when you can make just enough for you and a very lucky friend (or ok, enough for you to enjoy twice)? These Carrot Cake Minis are easy to make with a wonderful, spiced flavor, moist interior, and creamy-cream-cheese frosting. What are you waiting for? Let’s bake!
*Vegan* (with traditional substitutions listed below)
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal or ground flaxseeds + 3 teaspoons water (or sub chia seed egg or 4 teaspoons egg)
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons Earth Balance, softened (or sub butter)
- 3 tablespoons sucanat (or sugar, which will yield a slightly sweeter cake)
- 1/2 tablespoon oil (use non-flavored, i.e. canola or safflower)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (or milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup carrot grated, preferably organic (about 1 1/2 medium sized carrots)
- 1/8 cup pecans, chopped, plus additional for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two ramekins (3 inch diameter) with non-stick cooking spray. Note: I’d go ahead now and set aside the butter and cream cheese used in the frosting recipe so they can come to room temperature while your cakes bake, see below for details.
- Mix flaxseed meal and water together and set aside to bind while you continue with the rest of the recipe.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt until ingredients are well-combined.
- In a medium bowl, mix together Earth Balance and sucanat until well-combined. Stir in oil. Stir in flaxseed/water mixture, milk, and vanilla until well-combined. Stir in grated carrots.
- Stir wet mixture into dry mixture until just combined (careful that no flour bits remain, but that you also do not over-mix). Gently fold in pecans.
- Evenly distribute batter into the two ramekins. Bake until top is golden brown and cake is cooked through (or a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean), about 19-22 minutes.
- Cool cakes to room temperature. Run a knife around the edge of the cake in the ramekin to loosen the cake (circling a couple times until you see the cake loosening from the bottom).
- Frost cake with Creamy-Cream-Cheese Frosting, recipe follows, and top Cake Minis with additional chopped pecans.
*Vegan substitute listed below*
Makes enough to top 2 Cake Minis. I actually made this with real cream cheese since I’m not vegan, but there are vegan cream cheese products out there that you could use. Check your health food store for options. 🙂
- 1/2 tablespoon Earth Balance, room temperature (or sub butter)
- 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese , room temperature (or sub vegan cream cheese, i.e. Tofutti)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Combine Earth Balance, cream cheese, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Using a handheld mixer, slowly mix until dry sugar is mixed into the Earth Balance and cream cheese. Then on medium to medium/high speed, whip frosting for a minute or so to get it light and fluffy.
- Apply frosting to Cake Minis from previous recipe.
I still have a full list of additional flavors you guys have requested and trust me, I will enjoy every moment working on those new flavors for you! 🙂 You can check out the list of future Cake Mini flavors (or reader requests) here.
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16 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Minis (for two) – Vegan”
Mmmmmmm looks SO GOOD!!
Making this asap!
They don’t have earth balance in France unfortunately – any idea for a substitute?
🙂 Merci beaucoup!
Salut! Do you need a vegan butter substitute? If it doesn’t have to be vegan, I’d just use butter (softened still so it’s easy to mix). Any butter or margarine type thing should work. I don’t like most margarines, but Earth Balance is pretty good. There are probably other good options out there, as well. (try to get one sans trans fat)
Happy baking! 🙂
U can also use coconut oil for a butter sub:)
Cool! Thanks Chan! 🙂
gorgeous photos and the recipe sounds great 🙂
Love the idea of mini-cakes. These look great!
That’s awesome! I’m wild about ramekins! I love it!
Carrot cake is one of my favorites and I haven’t had any in too long.
Thanks for this yummy recipe. I’ll get hubby to make us some mini cakes very soon. 🙂
Have been meaning to make these for a while now and finally did tonight. Delicious! I love the idea of mini cakes – automatic portion control. Cannot wait for the husband to try them when he gets home!
Woohoo! I hope your hubby liked the Carrot Cake Mini, too! 🙂 Thanks!
I liked this idea of a mini cake, but when i tried this, I was a bit disappointed. The cake was a bit crusty on the outside and on the inside the texture was more like a bread. It looked more like a cross between a cookie and a sweet bread. I guess it is because of the flax eggs.
Hey Vani, I’m sorry to hear the recipe didn’t work for you. I wonder if maybe we have different oven temperatures or something, so the baking times were different? Maybe it would be better if you took it out sooner? Or maybe you’re right and it’s the flax eggs? It’s hard to make cakes this size with real eggs, but maybe you could just use an egg yolk or something? Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Thanks! 🙂
I tried everything as per recipe. Nextime i will try replacing all purpose flour with cake flour and use other egg substitutes. May be it will work. thank you.
Hopefully, the second try works better. Maybe try baking it a little shorter, too, so the outside doesn’t get crusty? Good luck! 🙂
Just an fyi: this recipe leaves out the step on when to add in the shredded carrot…
Hi Brigitte, Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ve just updated the recipe to correct this. Have a great day! 🙂