When you are a human being, you can’t forego the goodness of carrot. It occurs often that children are fussy about eating vegetables. Combining the goodness of vegetables with baking? How does it sound? Yes, I was following a very popular TV channel when I had this thought in mind, how to make baking a little different and induce the goodness of vegetables in it. What I discovered was the exceptionally good Carrot cake – a yummy deal. Not only the taste and the flavor, but the color and the texture just made me spellbound and a feeling of ‘innovative achievement’ and satisfaction ruled in my mind. Let me share the recipe with all my friends.
Ingredients: (for a cake of 1.5 kg. weight)
White flour (2 cups),
Sugar (1 cup) ,
Egg beaten (1 pc.)[The white part and the yellow part beaten separately] ,
Unsalted butter/Margarine (200gms/approx 1 cup, measured by putting it in a cup),
1 teaspoon baking soda,
1 teaspoon baking powder,
Cardamom powder (½ teaspoon),
Cinnamon powder (½ teaspoon),
1 medium sized carrot (de skinned and then grated properly),
Unsalted butter (50grams for preparing the icing layer),
Icing sugar (100gms.),
Drinking chocolate powder (5 tablespoons) ,
Brush for putting oil,
Butter-paper to avoid sticking of the cake to the walls of the tray.
For the cake:
Measure the sugar and the unsalted butter in a container. Beat it well with the help of a spatula/electric mixer till the sugar melts well and forms an even mixture. After breaking an egg separate the white part from the yellow one. Beat the white part separately and then mix with the mixture. Add the cinnamon and cardamom powder. Mix it well and then add the yellow part of the egg. Add the white flour and mix the entire mixture again till it becomes smooth in texture. Add the grated carrot to the mixture. Beat it properly. Pre-heat the oven at 220 degree Celsius. Cut butter paper according to the size of the baking tray and place it with the help of a brush and oil so that it fits properly. Now you may pour the entire batter slowly. See that it is leveled properly. Bake it for 30 minutes at 200 degree Celsius. Remove the cake after the baking is complete. Allow it to cool down.
For the chocolate icing:
Take the butter, icing sugar, drinking chocolate in a container. Beat well with the help of a spatula/electric mixer till it takes an even texture. With the help of a spatula/ knife spread the chocolate icing evenly over the surface of the cake. Allow it to stand for 20 minutes till the icing layer solidifies.
You may surprise your children , your guest or give a surprise to your friends on special occassion. It's fun to be a magic baker.