Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Healthy Carrot Cake

Sunday the husband wasn’t feeling well so I decided to bake him a carrot cake to cheer him up. This version is loosely adapted from the Joy of Cooking, though I modified it to make it a little healthier and more kid friendly. Luckily for me, my toddler doesn’t like overly sweet cakes so I substituted part of the sugar and part of the oil with applesauce (this also makes it more diet friendly for me!) Carrot cake is so easy to make and so satisfying there’s really no reason not to bake it every week… well, you know, if you’re naturally skinny or have a lot of self-control or can stand to eat it with no icing… I can only get away with it once a month or so but it’s so worth it!
This is what you need:
200 grams (1 ½ cup - 7oz) whole wheat flour (this’ll make it slightly denser than all purpose flour, but it’s still moist thanks to the applesauce)
100 grams (½ cup – 3.5oz) sugar                             
10 grams (1 ½ tsp – 0.35oz.) baking soda     
5grams (1 tsp – 0.2oz.) baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves; ½ tsp ground nutmeg; ½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp salt
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
200 grams (1 cup – 2oz.) spiced apple sauce
200 grams (2 cups – 4oz.) freshly grated carrots
55 grams (1 cup - 2oz) finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I used the latter) - optional
1 handful golden raisins (if they’re the largish kind chop them up a little bit) - optional
This is what you do:
Preheat your oven to 180°C – 350°F
Mix together all your dry ingredients (follow the list down from flour to salt) in a big bowl.
Add in your wet ingredients (oil, eggs and applesauce) and mix by hand or beat on low speed.
Add in carrots, nuts and raisins and mix by hand.

Butter and flour your round spring-form pan, pour in the mixture right away and spread evenly.
Bake 25 – 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes then take out of pan. Frost when completely cooled!

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