Cooking

Tropical carrot cake

May 29, 2016

  Guys, today I am sharing a cake made with vegetables (one vegetable to be exact). This cake came out a big surprise for me - very moist and rich in flavor. And the best part is that by adding so many carrots the amount of calories per piece is half less than in a usual cake. Now, who does not want fewer calories in their carbs? (I wonder if this cake counts as 1 serving of vegetables.....hmmm).


    Let's begin the baking, shall we?

    Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour - 300g
  • Carrots - 350g
  • Orange - 1 medium (zest and juice)
  • Classic yogurt - 100ml
  • Water - 100ml
  • Baking soda - 1tsp
  • Vinegar - 1tbsp
  • Eggs - 4 (2 whites for frosting)
  • Sugar - 4tbsp (or to taste)
  • Powdered sugar - 1tbsp
  • Vanilla sugar - 1pack
  • Oil - 100ml

    Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 160C

2. Beat 2 egg whites and 4 egg yolks with 4 tbsp of sugar and 100 ml of oil until creamy

3. Add the yogurt and water and beat it again with the mixer

4. Grate the carrots and the orange zest

5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, vanilla sugar, grated carrots, the orange zest and add the egg mix. Also, add the juice of that whole orange. (I noticed that in different countries the flours are different so keep that in mind. If your mix is too runny add some more flour, if it is vice versa, then add some liquid)

6.Take a teaspoon of baking soda and pour the vinegar a little at a time until all the soda turns to foam (better do it above the bowl) and lightly stir it in the mix

7. Put the mix in a baking dish (you do not need to add extra oil because the one from the recipe will not let it stick) and bake for 40 min

8. In the meantime beat the remaining 2 egg whites with the powdered sugar until hard foam. You can use the usual sugar but it will not mix in and the syrup will come up on the surface. It does not make any difference in terms of taste if you ask me, but we want to be fancy and stuff:)

9. Take the cake out and spread the whites. Put back in the oven for another 20-30 min.

     My most important tip here is to check with the toothpick the cake. You might not need that much time to bake or might need more time to do that. It all depends on the oven. Mine works on gas and usually, I need more time than it is indicated in the recipes. It always bakes funky also. If I do a large pizza I always have to turn the baking sheet around because it does not bake equally. Pffff….)))


Enjoy the cake, by the way, my friends! XOXO