Carrot Patch Cake

I’m not really a cook, but I play one on my blog. For about a year I’ve been working on a leaner, meaner version of carrot cake. With a main ingredient like carrots, it seems a shame to turn it into a fattening nutritional wasteland. My recipe isn’t exactly health food, but it’s not all that bad for you. It features carrots in three forms (shredded, baby food, & juiced), and I’ve done away with that heavy cream cheese frosting. Alas, it still has sugar and oil and white flour. But try a piece for breakfast with your coffee or for mid-afternoon tea, and don’t feel guilty. Furthermore it’s a small, one-layer cake and easy! My granddaughter Miranda and I made one to show you.

Blend together in a stand mixer or by hand:

  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 4 ounces carrot baby food
  • 2 tablespoons carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup of oil, less 2 tablespoons

Add:

  • 2 eggs

In a separate bowl, whisk together:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of cake flour or plain flour
  • t teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the liquid until incorporated. Either in the machine or by hand, blend in

  • 2 cups raw shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of broken walnuts

Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan and bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes, checking for doneness after 25. Cool the cake on the rack, unmould, turn upright, and cool. Glaze with this lighter frosting:

  • Heat a fourth cup of carrot juice and a tablespoon of butter until warm and butter is melted
  • Mix by tablespoons into a cup of confectioners or powdered sugar until desired consistency. Pour over cake and down sides and coat, using a spatula.

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  1. Hi Pastor and grandaughter, have you ever substitued stevia for sugar,bob’s red mill all purpose flour for white(ugh) flour, cocoanut oil or virgin olive oil for baking? Well my first try at this substitute ing. is coming up soon.I am making Pineapple Squash Bread( yellow). If thats good then on to other healthier cooking. I want to try your recipe too.My aluminum-free baking powder is out of date, then ….been collecting ing since Sun and can’nt wait to see how it turns out
    Happy Healthy cooking.
    Carolyn Evans(new kid at church) if you call 72 kid,well I”m either still in my childhood or the second one(back and forth)

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