"Lighter" carrot cake...

Never thought that I'll live to a day when I'll hear "Don't bake anything today"... How can I not bake anything on my day off? How is that even possible?! I didn't give up though, I thought "No way I'm NOT baking, just no way". So, taking into consideration the remark, and that we probably are eating too much sugar as it is :P I reached for the "Hairy Dieters cookbook", the very first book by The Hairy Bikers about lighter, healthier eating. I thought, no one can argue with that now...!

carrot cake hairy bikers

One recipe caught my eye straight away - carrot cake! Lighter version of a cake plus carrots (which are veggies, so healthy, yes?). No arguments here. The resulting cake was light, moist, slightly crumbly, packed with lots of flavour and currants. Don't have to mention that it disappeared very quickly. "Polished off" even by those, who said that they don't want any cake at all...

I made few small changes to the original recipe, swapping eggs for their plant based alternatives.

How to make it...

- 3 medium carrots (about 250 g in total unpeeled weight)
- 3 flax eggs (3 tablespoons ground flax seeds and 9 tabelespoons water, whisk together until thick and frothy)
- 100 ml sunflower (or other veg) oil, plus extra for greasing
- 100 g soft light brown sugar
- 200 g self-raising flower
- 100 g sultanas (I used Greek currants)
- finely grated zest of 1/2 large well-scrubbed orange
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


- Preheat oven to 190 C (fan assisted 170 C). Grease a 20 cm round loose-based cake tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment. 
- Peel carrots and grate them with a medium-fine grater - you should have 200 g of grated carrot.
- Beat the flax eggs in a large bowl with the sunflower oil and sugar and whisk until well combined. 
- Stir in the grated carrot, then add the flour, sultanas, orange zest, spices and baking powder. 
- Stir together until just combined. 
- Pour into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 minutes (that's the amount of time my cake took to bake) or until cake is well risen and feels springy to the touch. It should be just shrinking back from the sides of the tin. Check with the skewer if it's completely baked inside. 
- Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out and remove from lining paper. Leave to cool fully on a wired rack then transfer to a serving plate.
- Sift the icing sugar over the cake and scatter grated or pared orange zest on top. 
- This cake should keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


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  1. It looks awesome, I bet it tastes delicious too:)

    1. Thank you. It actually tastes even better than it looks ^_^
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.

  2. It looks really good! I am always up for a healthier cake!

    1. Thank you for popping in. I'm always up for any kind of cake, really... ;) Hope you'll enjoy this one.
      Pozdrawiam, Anula.


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