A few weeks ago I ran a "Just DO IT" Campaign on our Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/FoodFUNZONE). I went about just DOING projects I've been meaning to do but kept putting off for whatever reasons! One of those projects was to treat myself to a Carrot Cake. Oh yeah! It was so much FUN guys! I actually did it in the wee hrs of the morning & it actually turned out to be a Carrot & Apple Cake with Pine Nut Icing & Berry filling :-) ♥ YUM! :-) ♥
Here is my recipe guide but I did tweak it a bit so as to reduce the calorie intake & to make it Gluten-Free for my loved ones ♥
♥ Carrot Cake ♥
1 cup oil (I used 1/2 cup & added in apples to supplement)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups carrots
2 cups sugar (I used 1 cup Brown Sugar here)
2 cups flour (I used Gluten Free Organic Brown Rice Flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Directions - Mix all dry ingredients, grate or juice carrots, add liquid to dry, blend. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.
I used a Pine Nut Icing made from soaked Pine Nuts, Coconut Oil & Agave. Then I decorated it with fresh raspberries & blueberries. So let's break it down now. Step by beautiful step! ♥
I started off with 2 apples & a few carrots that should add up to 3 cups of carrots when grated. I used my salad shooter to the work of grating for me. I combine the grated apples & the grated carrots.
Next for the dry ingredients I used 2 cups of Gluten Free & Wheat-Free Flour.
I then added to the flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder. I do prefer the Aluminum free type.
Continuing with my dry ingredients I then added 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder & 2 teaspoon cinnamon.
For my oil I use extra virgin olive oil.
As I mentioned earlier I only needed 1/2 cup since I used the apples to supplement for moistness. The original recipe called for 1 cup of oil. So here's our 1/2 cup measured out.
We then go ahead & combine our dry ingredients with out wet ingredient starting off with the carrots and apples.
We then add in our 4 whole eggs. It’s best to have the eggs cracked & placed in a separate container for a goodness check before you add it in with the main ingredients. This is where we also add in our oil.
Use a cake mixture to combine all the ingredients as illustrated here.
Pour out mixture in a baking tin & place in a preheated 350 degrees oven & bake for 1 hour.
While the cake is baking we can prepare the icing for the cake.
I used about ½ cups of soaked Pine Nuts, 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil & some Agave to sweeten (that amount I eyeballed depending on your desire for sweetness).
Taste for desired sweetness.
Place in an icing bag or just a regular plastic bag like you see me using here. And refrigerate so that the coconut oil starts to harden.
Now we are ready to really have some Food FUN! Time to decorate!
This is what the cake will look like after the cake has baked for 1 hour.
Gather your washed berries.
Un-mold the cake to a working surface.
Use a serrated knife to cut the cake in half horizontally.
Apply the berries & the icing on the bottom half in whatever designs you fancy.
Have FUN with your design.
Get the picture? :-)
The top of the cakes goes back on!
More FUN designs on top & that's pretty much it!
I’m just going to make you drool from here on. :-)
I hope you enjoyed the demo. Thanks for checking it out! J