Raw Carrot Zucchini Cake

by Susan on September 6, 2014

Raw Carrot Zucchini Cake @Rawmazing.com

Raw Carrot Zucchini Bars @Rawmazing.com

I have been wanting to post a raw carrot cake recipe for years. Seriously, years. For some reason, I never got around to it until today.  Of course, it couldn’t be a straight up carrot cake, I had to mess with it. Zucchini is available in abundance right now so I decided to throw that in the mix. The addition of diced pineapple adds a wonderful sweetness and a pop of flavor. I have even included baking instructions for those who do not have dehydrators but do not care if it is raw. It is a new world around Rawmazing!

My favorite part of this recipe is the frosting! You can throw just about anything that compliments the cake into it. I used walnuts, dried cranberries, and coconut. You could easily substitute with pecans, raisins, just about any dried fruit or nuts that go with carrots. I choose to sweeten mine with orange and maple but you could go the route of cinnamon if you wish.

Raw Carrot Zucchini Cake @Rawmazing.com
Shaping the cake layer in the ring.

Raw Carrot Zucchini Cake @Rawmazing.com

Ready for dehydration

You can make 2, 4 1/2 – inch cakes or 1, 8 – inch cake. You can also shape individual bars if you wish and frost them. Have fun with this recipe…it is very adaptable.

Note: If you do not have a dehydrator and wish to make these in the oven, you can bake at 200 degrees for 25 minutes, turning over once during baking. They will not be raw.

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Raw Appetizers @ Rawmazing.com

Oh my gosh…I must admit, it is good to be back. I haven’t posted to Rawmazing for over a month. It’s the longest I have gone since starting the site over 6 years ago! And what a month it has been. We moved, I finished my Professional Plant Based Certification through Rouxbe (more about that later), and we are living in a house that is over 90% under construction.

I don’t know which is /was the biggest challenge.

Our move turned out to be exhausting. I ridiculously thought that we could pack and move ourselves (except for the big stuff). Our new house, which we are doing a complete renovation on has been under construction since May. Since I kept hearing things like, “Your office will be done this weekend”, long before our move out date, I thought the move could be done in stages. That didn’t happen.

Turns out that nothing was done until the very last minute. The builders put up a gallant charge so we would actually have at least 2 small rooms mostly done. We went into panic mode and made U Haul very happy with our purchase of hundreds of boxes, which we will free cycle when all is said and done. Working until midnight, and with the help of friends, somehow we got packed up and moved out in time. Note: 3 weeks later, almost all of those boxes are still packed as we have no where to put anything!

Our house is a beautiful place even with the walls torn open and construction debris everywhere. The views are insane, the yard has over an acre and a half for the dogs to run and it is private. Even though we only have 2 rooms mostly finished, a downstairs office that is being used as our bedroom and the upstairs office that is being used for everything else, I am falling asleep to the sound of crickets and lovely darkness. It is heaven. I do, however wake to the sound of compressors firing up almost every morning at 7:30am.

I was hoping to keep posting to the blog through the move but it became impossible. Something had to give and unfortunately it was the blog. I had a huge class deadline looming, and that wasn’t going to go away. I have been working on my Professional Plant Based Certification since February and I still had the final exam and the final project left! Somehow I managed to move and complete the course. 

The Rouxbe class was fantastic. It completely changed my approach to plant based cooking. I will be sharing a lot more about that in the coming weeks including a wonderful give-away. If you are interested in checking it out, use the link on the right sidebar or click here: Rouxbe 

Our final project was to prepare a plant-based “shindig”. That word still cracks me up. So much so I had to look it up. All I could think was, “What the heck is a shindig” anyway? Turns out it comes from the word “shindy” which could refer to a brawl (my favorite), a dance (shins up) or as used today, a noisy party, dance or gathering. 

Rawmazing.com RecipesThese are my final “bites” that I created for the “Shindig”.

Starting top left: Watermelon “Sushi” on a Seaweed Cracker with Chive “Creme Fraiche” and Marinated Seaweed, Cracked Pepper Dried Cherry Crackers with a Peach Salad and Pistachio Dust (recipe at the end of the post), Cucumber Mango Onion Dice with Mint and a Red Pepper Jam, Cold Roasted Heritage Tomato and Fennel Soup with a Corn Salsa and finally, my Molecular Strawberry Ginger Spheres with Sugar Coated Fried Balsamic Garnish. As you can see, these are a combination of raw food and cooked food, but all plant based.

Today I am sharing the recipe for one of the favorites at the shindig, the Dried Cherry Pepper Crackers with Pine Nut Pepper “Cheese”, Dressed Arugula, Fresh White Nectarines, Fresh Cherries and a Pistachio Dust.

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