Carrot Cake w/ Fig Cream Frosting

Okay, I think I’ve outdone myself with these. It’s always difficult to wing it while baking, as measurements are extremely important to get the texture and taste just right, but luck was on my side this morning. I wanted to create a sugar-free, fat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free whole-wheat carrot cupcake without anything bizarre in it, even a flax-egg or almond/soy milk. Simple does it. And boy did simple do it good. Mmmmmmmmm…breakfast, snack, or dessert…who cares.

Carrots: prevent cancer by virtue of compound (almost exclusive to the vegetable) falcarinol, improves vision with its high vitamin A and beta-carotene content, prevent heart disease with its carotenoids, lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of stroke, nourish the skin, helps slow the process of aging, and contributes to dental health.

Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Fig Cream Frosting

by Aylin @ Glow Kitchen

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (12 cupcakes)

For the Cupcake

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Frosting

  • 5 figs, soaked and drained
  • 2 tbsp molasses or carob syrup
  • 1/2 can (7 oz) of coconut milk (the thickest part)


For the Cupcake, combine the cinnamon, raisins, and chopped figs in a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes. The water will evaporate, leaving behind the dried fruit infused with cinnamon taste and slightly caramelized aroma.


In a bowl, pour the hot dried fruit mixture over shredded carrot. Let cool and then add 1/3 cup of orange juice. Fold all the ingredients together until well combined.


Combine all the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. fold the dry mixture into the wet dried fruit mixture. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of apple sauce and mix until all the ingredients are evenly combined.



Scoop the cupcake mixture into greased muffin tins, either sprayed with canola oil or lightly coated with coconut oil. This recipe will yield 12 muffins.


Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins have browned and the center has set (check that a toothpick comes out clean).


For the Fig Coconut Frosting, food process five figs that had been soaked and softened in lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of molasses (or carob syrup) and 1/2 a can of coconut milk (only the thickest part of the can, which collects at the top).


Blend until smooth.


Oh. My. God. I’m surprised this lasted long enough to make it to a cupcake. It tastes soooo guilty – caramel-like with a creamy texture. Unreal.


Top the muffins with the cream.


Garnish with leftover shredded carrot and raisins.



So moist, rich, creamy…


You will beyond love these!

xo Aylin

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  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Carrot cake is one of my “comfort” desserts, but I’ve never seen it with figs. such a cool idea! I really love the frosting option too. Where do you find carob syrup? I’ve never even heard of it!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I just adore that you used figs in the frosting…such a fun idea! Great photos too!

  • Emin Erman

    A lot of work but worth it

  • Diane

    These are my “go to” dessert on any day. They freeze and thaw nicely. I keep the icing separate and whip up a new batch as needed. So delicious!!