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  1. Hello! I’d like to use this recipe for my son’s first birthday smash cake. Do you think it would work without the maple syrup? Or at least with much less? Also, is it “sturdy” enough to use as the filling in a small 2 or 3 layered cake? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kyra, I’m so so sorry I totally missed your comment! I hope it’s not too late? You can reduce the maple syrup, it just won’t be sweet. For consistency, you’ll have to replace it with another liquid to get a spreadable frosting. You can increase the coconut cream to make it more stable. The only trick is that you’ll need to set it in the fridge before use and after you’ve spread it between the layers. I wouldn’t do more than 2 layers to be on the safe side. Apologies again, and I hope this helps!

      1. Thank you so much for your reply! Still in time 🙂
        So I’ll try replacing the maple syrup with more coconut cream. I’ll let it set in the fridge, and stick to 2 layers. Thanks again!

  2. Hi! I am making this to too carrot muffins for my daughter’s first birthday. I bought a can of coconut cream. Should I store it in the fridge so it is chilled, or room temperature so it is the same as the other ingredients? Thank you!

    1. Happy birthday to your daughter! It depends on the brand and the temperature where you live. For me, it’s winter right now, so the one I use separates fine in the cooler weather. However, if you’re in a hotter climate and you’re not sure how it will react, the best is to place it in the fridge first and leave it to set before use. I hope that helps!

  3. Just to make sure I’m understanding the recipe right, I take the cashews and place them in a jar of boiling water for 20 minutes and not put them in boiling water on a pan that continues to boil for 20 minutes? Wanna get this right, I’m so excited to try this. I tried looking for alternatives or “healthier” options for cream cheese topping (for some carrot cake oatmeal I’m gonna try) but they all contained cream cheese…..and I would rather have something like this recipe so thank you sooooo much this recipe looks amazing!

    1. Hi Haley, that’s right. You just put the cashews in boiling water, no need to boil them on the stove for 20 minutes – just soak. I hope that helps!

    1. Yes, you can, it will be thicker and sweeter though so maybe consider adding a little more coconut cream. Let me know how you go 🙂

  4. This is quite possibly the BEST frosting I’ve ever had. I already made two back to back carrot cakes with the frosting. Once I take a bite I just cannot stop and keep going back for another “sliver”. I’m hooked! 🙂

  5. Not missing the dairy!
    I whipped this up in my Nutribullet and it came out creamy and smooth. It doesn’t have the sour flavor that cream cheese does but it tastes GREAT!

  6. I’m so happy that I can have a vegan carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for my birthday! Coconut cream isn’t avaiable where I live. Could I use homemade coconut yogurt instead of coconut cream? Any other sub? thx!

    1. Yay! So glad you can too 🙂 Unfortunately coconut cream is an important ingredient in this recipe to keep in thick and creamy. You could try more cashews and a little more coconut oil to substitute it but I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t say how it would turn out. Let me know how you go!

      1. I found out that it’s so easy to make coconut creme! The frosting came out great; very smooth and just the right sweetness!!! I’ll leave a review and tag the cake on Instagram!

  7. Hello, this looks great. We have a a child with cashew allergies. Can you substitute something for the cashews?


    1. Hi Maria, hmmm…I personally haven’t made it with anything else because the cashews give it that nice thick and creamy consistency. You could try macadamias, but the taste and texture won’t be the same. Let me know how you go if you give it a try 🙂

  8. Maša, your timing could not have been better. I signed up to bring a vegan dessert for a going-away potluck at work Tuesday. I know one of the two honoree likes carrot cake. This can be made today and will be well set up by Tuesday. Thanks!