Pineapple and carrot cake (dairy-free)

Pineapple and carrot cake

This is a dairy free cake make in a ring tin and drizzled with a pineapple glaze made with coconut oil. The cake has less oil than a usual carrot cake and the cake tastes better the day after it is made. The glaze is made with icing sugar which becomes less gritty if heated. Keep in the refrigerator and serve at room temperature (very important to serve at room temperature) and eat within four days of making.

Makes one 23cm ring cake|Baking time 60-70 minutes|Dairy-free

Utensils required: Whisk|Wooden spoon|Measuring cups & spoons OR scale|23 cm ring cake tin

Cake ingredients

1 1/2 cups (225 grams) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/3 cups (170 grams) grated carrot
1 tin [432 grams tin] crushed pineapple – drained. *reserve juice for glaze & cake*
1/2 cup ( 125 mls) sunflower oil
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon pineapple juice reserved from tin*
1/2 cup (112 grams) dark brown soft sugar
2 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease and lightly dust with flour a 23 cm round ring cake tin
  3. Whisk by hand oil, golden syrup, sugar and eggs together until thick and frothy
  4. Sift or whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Add crushed pineapple, grated carrots to sifted dry ingredients
  6. Then add flour mixture to egg mixture all at once and mix until combined with a wooden spoon
  7. Pour into tin and bake until a skewer comes out clean – about 60-70 minutes
  8. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely

Pineapple glaze

2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice*
2/3 cup (80 grams) icing sugar
1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegan margarine

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a paste and place in a bowl over simmering watering.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth and glossy and icing sugar has dissolved.
  3. Drizzle over cake (you will have to work quickly before the glaze sets) and sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired