Sunday, 23 May 2010

Carrot Cake with Chocolate

Posting a recipe, otherwise this blog would have more spoilers than nuts. This something I came up with on Easter, although it's not a ground breaking recipe. Just a simple carrot cake covered with chocolate. But it's very good.

First I should warn everyone that I'm not very good with measures for ingredients. Actually, I'm not very good with recipes, either writing them or following them. Everything here can be changed to your taste. More sugar if you want it sweeter, vegan substitutes if you swing that way, diet chocolate is you think it's going to help...

Also my favourite measure is a mug, which is about 250 ml (actually, for most things is pouring it down until I think it's right amount).

So, without further ado, I bring you...

Carrot Cake with Chocolate


Ingredients:
Cake

1 mug of brown sugar
4 eggs
3 table spoons of cream
3 carrots
1 mug of flour 
1 teaspoon of baking powder


Topping
150g culinary chocolate
3 tablespoons of cream
1 tablespoon of sugar


There are two ways to make this cake. The normal way or the lazy way. The lazy way is throw everything into a blender, and then bake it.

The normal way still uses the blender for the carrots, but the ingredients are mixed by hand (or a mixer). A good substitute for the (fresh) carrots is frozen carrot purée. About 20 seconds in the microwave in the defrost setting and it's good to use.

Making the cake
Pre-heat oven to 180 ᵒC (350 F).

Mix the sugar and the eggs, until it's homogeneous.

Add the carrots (either after they passed through the blender or the purée) and the cream, and keep mixing.

Finally mix in the flour and baking powder.

Prepare a cake tin with baking paper, and put the mixture in.

Bake for 35 minutes.

Topping
In a pot or bowl put the cream, sugar and the chocolate (broken into small pieces).

Bring water to boil in a bigger pot, and put the first one over it (in a way that you can't get burnt). Mix the ingredients until all the chocolate has melted.

Spread it over the cake when it has cooled off.

Extras
I had some orange coconut shavings, so I sprinkled them on top of the chocolate. It ended up looking (and tasting) good. And looks like there are grated carrots on top of the cake.

Enjoy :)