Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Gluten-Free Sunset Carrot Cake (Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free) and Wholesome Sweeteners Giveaway!







































Yesterday was my friend Hannah's birthday. What better opportunity to bake a cake for the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge? I knew I wanted to make a carrot cake, and as it turned out, that is one of her favorite types of cake! Me too... Absolutely love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! But for this cake, I went a different route with the frosting, hence the name: Sunset Carrot Cake. This is a double layer caramel cream filled carrot cake topped with coconut. Doesn't the idea of that just make you salivate?

And check out that sunset! Beautiful, right? While everyone ate cake, I snapped pics over the water. 





































Now let's talk giveaways! Today's cake comes to you courtesy of Wholesome Sweeteners. I contacted them to be a part of this challenge because I love their products. They have organic, non-GMO, and fair trade certified sweeteners, and I feel confident in purchasing their brand. They sent me some of their new coconut palm sugar to try out and that's what I used for this cake. I love the caramel undertones that coconut palm sugar has, and it gave this cake and the caramel cream glaze a beautiful dark color. I was also happy that the Wholesome Sweeteners palm sugar didn't clump at all, and was not as coarse as some brands I've tried.

Today's Giveaway: A Wholesome Sweeteners Gift Bag sent straight to your door!






















How to enter: 
  1. Peruse the Wholesome Sweeteners website, then leave a comment below telling me which of their products you would most like and what kind of dessert you would make with it. 
  2. Follow Wholesome Sweeteners on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Leave a separate comment for each. 
  3. Follow The Daily Dietribe on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest if you don't already. Leave a separate comment for each. 
  4. If you already follow me, go ahead and link to this post on your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Leave a separate comment for each. 
  5. For 5 entries: Make a cake/cupcake/pie for the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Birthday Cake Challenge that uses coconut palm sugar. Use the Mr. Linky on my challenge post to link up, then come back and let me know your cake uses the featured ingredient. 
Giveaway will close on June 27th at midnight Pacific Standard Time.





































Sunset Carrot Cake (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan)


Ingredients:
2 cups brown rice flour (260 grams)
2/3 cup tapioca starch (80 grams)
1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners coconut palm sugar (154 grams)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons whole psyllium husks 
2 cups grated carrot, lightly packed
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil or grease two 9-inch round cake pans (I used springform pans for easy release). 
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the brown rice flour, tapioca starch, palm sugar, baking soda, and sea salt. 
  3. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the milk, oil, psyllium husks, carrot, and apple cider vinegar. 
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and mix completely. Pour half into each pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Top with shredded coconut if desired.
Notes: This recipe makes two thin layers (about 1 inch high). You can make one bigger cake and adjust the baking time accordingly. For substitution ideas, see this recipe and scroll to the bottom of the post.

Caramel Cream Frosting: I have two suggestions here, and they taste pretty similar.  With either option, I suggest adding 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon for a little extra spice.
  1. Caramel dipping sauce (contains cashews)
  2. Use this recipe for strawberry cream cheese, but replace the pureed strawberries with pureed apples. Use coconut palm sugar for the sugar called for. That's what I did in the cake pictured above.
More Coconut Palm Sugar Recipes:
Pineapple Muffins
Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Irish Coffee Brownies
Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Remember, the giveaway ends on June 27th, so you have all month to come up with a birthday dessert featuring coconut palm sugar! Check back throughout the month for 3 more giveaways, and at least two more cake recipes!

87 comments:

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Heather said...

Oh my goodness, does this look awesome!! I use several of Wholesome's products right now, the coconut palm sugar is my favorite! I think of anything I will try this recipe with their sugar.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Love this cake! And it's refreshing to see a pretty short ingredient list too. I love Wholesome Sweeteners. Just recently polished off a bag of coconut sugar - it's really good. What I'm in love with right now though is their organic stevia packets. They're my new favorite, and are SO good in a glass of iced tea, or some sparkling water and lime juice for a limeade.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to try the stevia and make some vegan strawberry avacodo ice cream with it.

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Denise said...

i would love the stevia, i would love to make muffins with it

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Lydia at ForkYes said...

I'd love the coconut palm sugar, and first I'd make your banana chocolate chunk cookies with it. :-)

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Mim said...

I would love to try the organic coconut palm sugar. I'm trying to add more coconut to my diet. This would be fun to try in cookies.

Deanna said...

I, of course, want to try their coconut palm sugar. Love that stuff.

OnlyByHisGrace said...

I would try the organic coconut palm sugar and I would make chocolate chip cookies!

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Anonymous said...

I just started to get into baking. I love cheesecake! I hope to make some amazing banana cheesecake with it! I hope to get into the cake contest! Can't wait

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OnlyByHisGrace said...

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glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

wow, your photography is absolutely STUNNING!! oh my gosh!! the stevia would be great:) thanks for doing this giveaway!

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Laura said...

What a gorgeous cake and sunset! I would love to try the raw honey-lookd delicious!

Scrapper Pearl said...

the palm sugar...hmmm, I could handle some peanut butter cookies made w. it!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I'm a huge fan of WS's Sucanat. I use it interchangeably with coconut palm sugar in raw desserts.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I like WS on FB

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Rebecca said...

MMM i love coconut sugar! With it, I would make your carrot cake - it's my second favorite birthday cake!

Rebecca said...

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I am following you on twitter :)

Cara said...

I would love to try Wholesome Zero - I've been experimenting with erythritol lately and I'd like to see how their brand works in baked goods.

Cara said...

I follow Wholesome on Pinterest.

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... and following Wholesome on Facebook.

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pinned this :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

ufg8trj said...

I would like the coconut palm sugar so I can try to make a coconut cake!
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Laura M said...

Hmmm....I think the coconut sugar. I am new to baking GF from scratch and have come across many recipes calling for it. I have yet to make any just yet. Thinking I would make a fruit crisp....

Nicole Thomas said...

I would most like to try their Organic Coconut Palm Sugar and make grain-free blueberry muffins with it.

Margaret J said...

From the wholesome sweeteners website - I would have to try their Stevia, and make some grain free brownies with it. (A friend made posts about how addictive brownies are, and I realized I haven't had one in over a year!)

Margaret J said...

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Margaret J said...

And I already follow you on facebook, so I shared the link to this page on my wall. Also - it's not dessert, but their light brown sugar makes a phenomenal sugar scrub w/ almond oil & essential oils. :)

Anonymous said...

I would like to try the coconut palm sugar. I'd make a bundt cake with it. Thank you for the giveaway.

Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry said...

Made my cake with coconut sugar for your birthday cake challenge:) I love this brand of coconut sugar too, seems more finely ground.

Also, as I was entering my link on your challenge post, my daughter saw this lovely carrot cake and said we "HAD to make that pretty cake next" :) Looks great!

GF Gidget said...

YUM! I need to try Psyllium Husks. I've been seeing them everywhere lately.
This sounds like cheating, but it's true... I want to try the Coconut Palm Sugar! I've been wanting to for awhile. These last few months, I've been sticking to honey, maple syrup, and stevia as my sweeteners. It would be fun to try something new.
I would use it to make a GF/DF Angel Food Cake for my Dad's birthday!

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would like to try their broccolini in 'butter' brandy sauce by using their organic light brown sugar
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Anonymous said...

I want to try the coconut sugar. I really want to make the carrot cake. It sounds yummy. I love anything and everything coconut.

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Emily said...

I'd love to try their stevia! I'd make a gf/df peach cobbler!

Katherine said...

organic stevia to make vegan pumpkin cake

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Ttrockwood@yahoo.com said...

I would love to use the stevia in my smoothies

Michelle said...

Coconut palm sugar would be perfect in my favorite almond flour brownie recipe.

sharon said...

I'd love to try the organic coconut palm sugar. I'm always looking for healthy sweetener options.

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I would like to try the Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Molasses - i would make some molasses cookies!
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Emily Crawford said...

Can you give me the price of that Coconut palm sugar? I want to try other types of sugar because I really don’t like using common types of sugar.

Iris said...

Emily, here's a link to their products on Amazon: http://www.wholesomesweeteners.com/ShopAmazon.html

Robin R said...

I would really like to try the coconut palm sugar in some coconut cream pie recipe!

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