Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The MOST delicious carrot and apple loaf cake


I just had to share this recipe as it is AMAZING!!  It's kind of a 'bit of this, bit of that' recipe but it turned out so well I just had to post it.  I was trying to find a recipe for nut free (school policy) carrot or apple muffins to make for Master J's lunch box treats.  When I googled it hundreds and hundreds came up!!  I started reading through them all to find one that was both healthy and a little bit of a treat and I decided to combine what I thought were the best bits from two or three different recipes and hope for the best.  Who would have thought I'd be this brave and adventurous in the kitchen!??

Cake Ingredients:

300g peeled carrots
2 green apples peeled and cored
150g butter
100g rapadura or soft dark brown sugar
100g unrefined caster sugar (I made mine by whizzing raw sugar in the thermomix for 3 secs on speed 9)
3 eggs
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
180g plain flour

Method:

  • Pre heat the oven to 150 degrees.
  • Grate the apples and carrots for 5 seconds on speed 6.  Scrape the sides on the TM bowl down and grate fro another 2-3 seconds on speed 6.
  • Put the grated apple and carrot into a separate bowl and using (clean) hands squeeze out the excess juices.  I discovered this little trick when cooking baby food finger food for Miss L.  Too much liquid will make the cake a bit too dense and soggy.


  • Add the butter and sugars to the TM and beat for 30-40 seconds on speed 7 until light and fluffy.


  • Scrape down the sides of the TM bowl and add the eggs.  Beat on speed 7 for 15 seconds or until fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder and mix for 10-15 seconds on speed 7.
  • Fold in the grated apple and carrot by mixing on speed 3-4 for 15-20 seconds.


  •  Pour into a loaf tin lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 50 minutes to an hour.  I decided against the muffins in the end and actually I think it was much better as a loaf cake.


It smelt amazing!!
Cream Cheese and Orange Icing:

This is the best bit, I think - it was sooooo yummy!!  I used a block or 250g cream cheese, 50g icing sugar and the juice and zest of 1 orange.

Firstly I put the orange zest into the Thermomix and whizzed it for about 1 minute on speed 9.  Keeping a little of it aside for decorating I then added everything else to the TM bowl and mixed it for 20 seconds on speed 6.

Spread over your (cooled) loaf and ENJOY!!!














You can also follow Mrs D plus 3 on facebook - twitter - instagram - Pinterest or sign up to my newsletter

15 comments:

  1. Oh this looks good and healthy too.I'm pinning it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Trish! I really need to figure out how to put a pin button on to my posts. x

      Delete
  2. looks very yummy!!!

    visiting from Blogs and PR #TUST :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the colourful pics but so not making - will pass the recipe on to my mum to make for me - Emily x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. lol - are you not into baking Emily? Hope your mum enjoys making it x

      Delete
  4. Yum this would be so tasty with my coffee right now! I love grating orange into icing as well it gives it a really nice flavour doesn't it. Saying hi from Blogs & PR :D

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello it's me, I am also visiting this website regularly, this website is in fact pleasant and the viewers are truly sharing fastidious thoughts.

    Here is my web-site :: jobsuchmaschinen

    ReplyDelete
  6. Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established
    blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about setting up my
    own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

    my page; Was ist die erfolgreiche und einfache Diät ohne Gluten

    ReplyDelete
  7. I thought I commented on this the other day! Was coming back to tell you it was delicious and thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Yay, glad it turned out so yummy!!! xx

      Delete
  8. Am adding this to my 'to bake' list. Thanks for the tip about squeezing out the excess liquid. Amazing what preparing baby food teaches you!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog
    site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny
    bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

    My webpage gluten freie lebensmittel

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi I just made this cake great I was silly following it on my I pad and ran aheah of myself and left the apple and carrot in the thermie when I did the rest it has still turned out great . :-) now for the frosting you don,t know what a mess it turned out I should have NOT added the juice of an orange it turned out runny kept adding icing sugar to thicken it in desperationI added another packet of cream cheese, had oddles as you can imagine so now I have taken some out to frost the cake ,added 4 eggs to the mix made a crumb base for a cheesecake so it will be very interesting to see it Iis in the oven

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh you did make me just laugh out loud!! YOu sound like like me in the kitchen - that is so something I would do too!! YOu can put the frosting in the freezer - cream cheese keeps pretty well there! I's love to know how the cheese cake turned out, do let me know xxxxx

      Delete

Thanks so much for your comment. I LOVE hearing from you all and will do my best to reply xxx