Butter and Sugar Free Carrot Cake Recipe
Psst - it still tastes like carrot cake.
When I take cakes into work or someplace, I get one of the following responses:
a) "Ooh, great, can I try one please?" (preferred response)
b) "Oh, I can't, it's a bit naughty" (I'm sorry, but I don't like that response)
When I get the second response, I can usually reassure them that it's either low in fat/sugar or has no butter and/or sugar. Yes, I know there can be other evils in cakes, but bad fats and refined sugar are the two biggies I try to avoid in my baking.
So anyway, I then get one of the following responses:
a) "Ooh great, I'll have a piece then!"
b) "Eugh, it's healthy? No thanks!"
Now come on you 'b' people, 'cake' doesn't always equal naughty, and 'healthy' doesn't have to mean boring and tasteless either. I have to admit that when it comes to butter and sugar free baking, I have had more disasters than success - but in this case of this Carrot Cake, it is one of the successful ones, yay! And it still tastes like a proper carrot cake too.
Carrot Cake (butter and sugar free)
Cuts into 27 small bars (7 x 12.5" traybake)
- 200g carrot, grated
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 100ml orange juice concentrate
- 75ml rice bran oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 300g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 50g dried mixed fruit
- 200g cream cheese, slightly softened
- Zest of 1 large orange
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Mix the carrot, banana and egg in a bowl. Pour in the orange juice, oil and vanilla stirring in well. Set aside.
2) In a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold in the pumpkin seeds and fruit.
3) Pour in the wet mixture and fold until everything is just mixed.
4) Transfer to a traybake, evening out the top with a knife. Bake for 30-35 minutes until you can pull a toothpick out clean. Allow to cool.
5) Beat the cream cheese with the orange zest and spread evenly over the cooled cake. Chill for at least an hour or so before cutting into slices.
Other butter free and sugar free baking recipes that might take your fancy.
More Hungry Jenny cakes here.