Monday, October 22, 2012

Spicy Carrot Cake

When you feel like a substantial sweet dessert, carrot cake can be a great alternative.  It's not low carb so you don't want to eat lots of this, but it makes a nice special occasion treat. (Image from

Ingredients :

-  5 large carrots, shredded (peeling optional)
-  1 cup of coconut sugar (or maple syrup or honey)
-  3/4 cup of sifted coconut four
-  1 tablespoon cinnamon
-  1 teaspoon nutmeg
-  1 teaspoon allspice
-  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-  1 tablespoon baking powder
-  1/2 cup crushed pineapple. Reserve 1 tablespoon juice for icing
-  10 eggs
-  1 tablespoon of vanilla
-  1 cup melted butter (or coconut oil)

-  1 cup chopped walnuts

-  8 ounces of softened room temperature cream cheese
-  1/4 cup sweetener (your choice from above)

Directions :
  • Preheat your oven to 325'F
  • Grease two 9-inch cake pans.  For easier removal, line the bottoms with parchment paper circles.
  • Put the first 12 ingredients into your food processor and process until well combined.  Add 2/3 of the walnuts and mix into the batter with a spatula or spoon.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two greased pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.  Test with a toothpick (should come out clean)  If necessary, bake for another 5 minutes then test again.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a rack for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cakes from the pans and leave to cool completely.
  • Cream the softened cheese with the pineapple juice and the sweetener until well blended.  
  • Use half of the cheese mixture as a filling and half as icing.  Sprinkle the rest of the chopped walnuts on top of the cake.
You could use 3 cake pans as shown above and double the icing to make this a really rich and decadent dessert.  Since the cake will be thinner, start checking after 25 minutes. 

You can also make this as cupcakes as shown below from  Bake for 20 minutes then start checking.  Using grated carrot as a garnish is another great idea, but it's best to use this only if the cake will be eaten pretty soon otherwise the carrot can start to get a bit watery.

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