Birthday cake #2 of my 28th birthday. When I planned this cake I kept thinking: Should I make it fully vegan or not? But then I decided to go for eggs in the base and just make the two creams inside 100% vegan. That way, you can just replace the cake base recipe with another one, while enjoying my beautiful carrot cake berry creation.
By the way: Thanks to many dates the cake tastes super sweet and therefore just calls for sour berries. Together (cake base, cream filling and berries topping), they form a perfect harmony. So make sure to plan for a good amount of of berries when prepping this cake. Ideal timing is in summer, when you can easily access loads of fresh berries.
To make this super delicious berry loaded carrot cake, you only need a few baking essentials which I assume, you already have at home. An oven, a hand mixer (or any other mixing device for the cake batter), a high-powered food processor for the cream filling and round baking forms like these cover it fully from an equipment side. With regards to ingredients, there aren't many specialties either. I assume that many of you are already equipped with Apple Cider Vinegar, just like cinnamon, nutmeg and nut butters. The only thing I want to point out as "important" are loads of fresh berries. They don't only look amazing on top of the cake, they also add an amazing flavor to the cake and balance the "sweet"- and "rich-ness" of the nut heavy cake base and cream.
From my personal experience, cakes like this one aren't made for the classic "Saturday coffee table" but are made for a special occasion and therefore needs to be in their prime stage when served. Unlike my other birthday cake this year (the super creamy pancake cake), this cake can be partly prepped the ay before.
What to prep a day early?
I highly recommend to bake the carrot cake layers a day early to ensure that they are cooled off for the final assembling. Besides, you should soak the Cashews beforehand. In this case, I soaked the cashews overnight and prepped the cream right before assembling but you can also soak the cashews the day before and prep the cream on this day as well. (I recommend to soak cashews for 6-12h)
How to bake the layers?
I decided to separate the cake base dough into two equal parts and bake two cake layers. After they had cooled off, I then cut both of them in half and ended up with a 4-layer cake. If you don't want to go through the hassle of cutting the cake base, I recommend to separate the dough in three equal parts and bake three layers for a perfect cream-berry cake result.
What else is there to say?
The cake is SUPER rich and filling! Thanks to the super heavy coconut and cashew cream fillings, this cake last for the entire fam. Just cut everyone a super small piece and you will see that they are already happy and satisfied with this delicious but small carrot-berry cake piece.
If this super creamy but also slightly time-intensive cake isn't the right one for today, take a look at my other creations. Some of my favorites are
I hope you enjoy my naked carrot-berry birthday cake as much as I did. Like always, I would love to see your delicious result and repost it on my social channels. So make sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Besides, if you have any feedback for me, questions with regards to the recipe or if you just want to say "hey", comment below or shoot me a personal message through my contact form.