Sunny Saturday Carrot Cake and Latte

I think it’s important to do things that are good for our spirits, even if it’s simply to make ourselves feel good. My beau was away on the weekend and I was at home staying warm and doing homework, so I decided to make myself one of my all time favourite cakes: Carrot cake. It’s sweet smell filled up my apartment and I felt good baking and then indulging. However, I am careful not to over-sweeten my cakes and I use alternative flours a lot of the time so that it’s not as heavy and it stays relatively healthy.

For me, carrot cake should not be refined. I go with the idea that it’s more of a loaf, something I can eat for breakfast and not feel ill.

Here is how I do it:

1 cup almond meal
1 cup self-raising plain flour
1/2 cup quinoa
4 teaspoon mixed spice (I use cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, pepper, vanilla)
1 cup brown sugar (or any unrefined sugar- makes the cake so much richer and gives a taste of caramel)
2 1/2 cups of grated carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts (half of these to put on the icing)
2/3 cup of either coconut oil or ghee
3 eggs, lightly beaten
150g of natural yoghurt

For the icing:
250 g cream cheese
1 rind of lemon or lime
honey

What next?
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 19cm cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.

Sift flour, almond meal, quinoa and spice into a bowl. Add sugar, carrot, chopped walnuts, coconut oil/ghee, natural yoghurt and eggs. Stir to combine. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if over-browning). Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing mix the cream cheese, grated rind and honey to taste. Spread over cake. Decorate with walnuts. ENJOY

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake and morning latté

Carrot Cake and morning latté

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

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19 responses to “Sunny Saturday Carrot Cake and Latte

  1. Mmmm sounds really good… inspired to make one now :)

  2. Seriously so good. AH. I want another slice.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Now if only I can find an apartment with an oven…..

  4. Omg! This cake is dairy free (minus the icing). I gotta make it at home!

  5. I love carrot cake too! I just made the one from Ina Garten’s newest cookbook. To die for!!! The icing has crystallized ginger mixed in and sprinkled on top! Take a look when you have a chance:
    http://www.barefootcontessa.com/cookbooks_details.aspx?CookbookID=33
    With the morning latte sounds heavenly!

  6. DELICIOUS. I loved it and so does my housemate! And I didn’t have enough carrots so added a grated apple. Not too bad!

  7. So delicious…and I like that it’s not quite as ‘heavy’ as other recipes… Have a great Sunday… and a little more carrot cake… :) xv

    • Thanks for your feedback, it’s always nice to read what my readers think. The cake wasn’t at all heavy and so great with a hot coffee or tea. This weekend I made ricotta cheesecake- recipe to come! Happy Sunday to you xxx

  8. Just discovered your blog through Carin’s! Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it :)

    Best
    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

    • Ohh I’m so glad you like the recipe! It was so delicious. Let me know how you go with it. I’m posting some more goodies this weekend so stay tuned xoxo happy Sunday to you!

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