Spring Challenge Day 30- Carrot Cake

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Save February, with twenty-eight days clear,
And twenty-nine each leap year.

It’s been 30 days. Thank you for joining me in this spring cooking challenge! I hope that everyone’s recipe repertoire has increased and you have enjoyed the challenge of cooking new and interesting ,(and yes,sometimes hard to find )foods with me. Yay roots!

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Carrot Cake

by Meredith Macarty

1cup whole wheat pastry flour
1cup unbleached white flour
1tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder (I use featherweight sodium free
brand)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I omit and no one notices)
1/2 cups light vegtable oil, such as walnut or canola (I use olive oil
anyway)
1/2 cups pure maple syrup
1/4 cup barley malt syrup
1/4 cup carrot juice
1/4 cup soy milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup carrot, I large carrot, grated large
1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1/3 cup golden raisons, sultanas

OPTIONAL carrot or cream icing
1 pound tofu, fresh
either 1/2 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup carrot juice
or 1 1/3 cups fruit sweetend orange fruit spread or marmalade
1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions
1 oven 350, lightly oiled 8 ” baking dish
2 large bowl mix dry ingrediants
medium bowl whisk wet and carrot
add wet to dry and whisk until flour is fully moistened
reserve some nuts/raisons to sprinkle on top for later
fold the rest of nuts/raisons in the batter
3 transfer to pan and
sprinkle reserved nut/raisons on top
gently smooth with rubber spatula so they are barely visible
4 bake till cake tests clean and is quite golden about 35 minutes
transfer to wire rack to cool for at least 2 hours before serving
5 prepare either carrot or orange cream,
puree ingredients until creamy smooth
refrigerate, then dollop under each serving of cake

 

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