Healthy Cake for Youngsters


by Anu Parsai


Carrots supply your body with a number of nutritional benefits. A single piece of carrot gives your body the mandatory supply of Vitamin A for the whole day. There are plenty of ways to eat carrots; for example, you can eat them raw, fresh out of the garden, use them as nibbles instead of a bag of chips, eat them in your sandwich, or make your succulent carrot cake recipe. Here is a healthy carrot cake recipe you can make for your children which they will love!

What you'll need:

- Three quarter (3/4) cup of unprocessed wheat flour

- 3/4 cup of cake flour

- Half cup of brown sugar or regular sugar

- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

- 1 teaspoon of baking powder

- One teaspoon of baking soda

- One and a half tablespoons of molasses

- Quarter cup of vegetable oil

- Two regular sized eggs

- Juice of 1 orange and the zest

- One and a half (1 1/2) teaspoons of grated lemon zest

- 1/2 cup of raisins

- 5 dried and sliced figs (good for digestion)

- Two tablespoons of poppy seeds

- 2 cups of packed carrot grated (use fresh carrots)

- 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

- Half teaspoon of salt

Note: Use fresh ingredients when making carrot cake to the natural taste.

Method:

- Pre-heat a conventional oven to 170C.

- In the meantime, beat the eggs and sugar together. If you have some time available then you can separate the whites and yolks and beat them separately for more fluffiness.

- Add the vegetable oil to the mix and fold well.

- Add the molasses to the mix and incorporate well. Take care to ensure that there are no lumps in the mix at any point in the process.

- Add the grated carrots and fold well.

- Add the grated orange zest, lemon zest and the orange juice to the batter and mix well.

- In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and put aside.

- Add the flour mix to the prepared batter using a spoon, and mix well between each addition.

- Add the raisins, figs, poppy seeds and pecans to the mixture and fold well to ensure they are all distributed evenly.

- Grease a 9-inch baking pan and dust a little flour on the inside.

- Pour the mixture in the baking pan.

- Put the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

- You can check the cake by inserting a toothpick or skewer in the center of it. If it comes out clean, your cake is finished.

- Cool the cake for 30 minutes before taking it out of the pan.

- Cut the cake in fingers and decorate using jam and gems and serve to the children.




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