½ cup raw macadamia nuts (soaked, drained and rinsed)**
½ cup raw cashews (soaked, drained and rinsed)**
¼ cup almond milk
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, sugar and oil.
Mix the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients.
Fold in the carrots and stir until just combined.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting: combine all frosting ingredients into a high speed blender. Start the blender on low and gradually increase the speed (the mixture will be very thick at first). You can add an extra tablespoon of almond milk if necessary to get your blade moving. Taste and add more sugar or lemon juice to make it more sweet and/or tangy.
Blend until very smooth.
Chill for at least 30 minutes before spreading. (It will firm up a bit).
Store frosted cake in the fridge.
*Make sure your baking powder is fresh in order for the cake to rise (since there aren't eggs in the recipe). If your baking powder has been in the back of your pantry for too long it may be less effective.
**Soak your cashew and macadamia nuts for at least 3 to 4 hours, preferably overnight, then drain and rinse before using. I recommend using a very high speed blender (vitamix, blendtec, or similar) for this frosting.