3.15.2013

carrot cake

Boston is seriously one of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I can't even say we really go out and take in the "Irishness" of the city that much. (Though we did spend most of the day in the vaguely Irish bars of Gov't Center last weekend.) But you can sort of feel it in the air, can't you? This year we'll be enjoying brunch on a friend's balcony, watching the parade go by.

And I know we'll be seeing a fair share of green recipes this weekend (this girl's not complaining), so I thought I'd share a little something celebrating that other color of Ireland: orange.

Carrot Cake

I made this carrot cake a while ago after we went on yet another vegetable soup kick and had a bag of leftover carrots in the crisper. It's been awhile since I had carrot cake, and this one hit the spot. Perfectly moist and sweet. It's a great, wholesome Easter treat.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake


Ingredients:

2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar or 1-to-1 sugar substitute*
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 tbsp orange zest, packed
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrots, packed

*I used 1/2 cup of palm sugar, and 1/2 cup of stevia baking blend.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the tops and sides of a bunting pan.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir to mix. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, applesauce, oil, orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla extract, and whisk until well mixed and without any lumps of sugar or zest.
3. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture one third at a time, stirring until just mixed. The batter will be thick. Fold in the carrots until evenly mixed.
4. Transfer the batter to the pan and smooth the top. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.
5. When the cake is cool, transfer to a serving dish. Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or your choice of traditional or vegan cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake

15 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! You are very lucky to be able to watch the parade from your friends balcony. Even though I grew up in the Boston area, I've never been to the parade!

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    1. Me neither! I didn't even know there was one...so excited. =)

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  2. I LOVE the look of this carrot cake. It looks so perfectly moist with just the right crumb and the right amount of carrots. Perfect. I like how you're celebrating St. Patty's Day with a different, but wonderful Irish color, too! ;)

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  3. Oh my goodness gracious this looks AMAZING!! I almost fainted lol.

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  4. I might try it, looks gorgeous and my favourite type of cake! Glad you enjoyed it, and managed to celebrate :)

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  5. Wish I'd known you when we lived in Boston! Carrot cake or no, I think we'd get along pretty great :)

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    1. Agreed! It's a good and bad thing about blogging...it connects you to so many awesome people, but they're not always close by. =/

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  6. Hmmmmmmm.....might have to add this to the traditional Easter dessert table......hmmmmmmmm......

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    1. I was thinking about the dessert table, since we do so much sprinkling of powdered sugar. =)

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  7. yum this carrot cake looks really good and healthier than the other options out there that are loaded with cream cheese frosting and orange is in the irish flag so orange is totally appropriate for st paddy's day, hope you have a great sunday!

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  8. Looks lovely ;)
    I haven't had a carrot cake in the longest time... ;) would love some now ;)

    xoxo
    Hope you are well.
    Ella

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  9. Looks lovely ;)
    I haven't had a carrot cake in the longest time... ;) would love some now ;)

    xoxo
    Hope you are well.
    Ella

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  10. ha this is going to sound strange, but it looks so moist and delicious!! I love Carrot Cake - looks lovely!

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  11. This looks delicious! Gonna give it a try and love that most of the ingredients are already in my pantry

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  12. YUMMMMM.....want to give this a go!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)