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Carrot Cake

Recently I have become the designated baker of cakes for a few functions. I thank God. So far I’ve baked cakes for a bridal shower and around 3 birthdays and thanks to some whipping cream and strawberries I’ve been able to pull the whole look together. Now the thing with my cakes is that I have only been making chocolate banana cakes. So recently my friend Nzilani asked for a carrot cake, new challenge? Why not.

I had only eaten a carrot cake once before and it’s my brother who had baked it. I decided to first bake one and see how it turns out before I can make for one dear Nzilani. After a few searches on google I felt confident enough to embark on this new baking adventure. Whoop! Whoop!

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp ground nutmeg

1 tbsp baking soda

2/3 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla essence

3 cups finely grated carrots

2/3 crushed pineapple (juice drained)

1/2 cup sultanas/ raisins

As usual start by pre heating your oven at 350º F

Then grease and lightly dust your baking tin. I also put some piece of parchment paper.

the tin

This cake is pretty simple to make, the only tasking part being the part you grate the carrots and crush the pineapples.

Start by putting the flour,sugar,cinnamon,nutmeg and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

flour,sugar,cinnamon,nutmeg and baking soda

Mix all the dry ingredients then add the vegetable oil.

Oily..

Add the eggs and vanilla essence next.

egg-citing

The finely grated carrots.

too bright… blame it on the flash

I bet you can buy a can of crushed pineapple from the supermarket but if you wanna be frugal like me, just get around 2 pineapple slices, chop them finely then crush whilst passing through a strainer. Set aside the juice for a relaxing drink after the rigorous baking.

Anyway back to the cake, before that, I wanna thank hubby, he did the grating of the carrots and crushing of the pineapples all the while acting as the photographer. Thanks hun.

After mixing in the wet ingredients i.e oil and eggs into the dry ingredient mixture the batter will look a  bit thick. You will be tempted to add some water but do what I did and resist the urge, I’ll tell you the reason later.

Finally add in the carrots, sultanas and pineapples.

almost there 🙂

After mixing them in I realised that the batter become light, must be the moisture from the carrots and the pineapples. So need to add any more water.

Pour the batter onto your prepared baking tin.

the batter

Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Carrot cake

Verdict:

Moist and tasty. I was very proud of the results. I’m definitely trying this again and again. Next I think I’ll make carrot cupcakes.

I’m yet to bake one for Nzilani since currently she’s not into sugar.

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Sweet tooth: Having Breakfast for Supper

I love looking at different recipes and spicing them up with my own additions. My love for baking made me search for a simple muffin recipe. The first time I baked them, I had some ripe bananas and had a great idea of incorporating them into the recipe. Since then, I always bake them with bananas. My love for chocolate inspired yet another ingredient chocolate chips *yum*.

The dry ingredients: flour, baking flour,cocoa,cinnamon,coffee

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup sugar

3 tsps baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

4 tbsp cocoa (for the chocolate colour & taste)

1/4 tsp instant coffee

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp vanilla essence

1 egg

Handful of chocolate chips

Handful of sultanas and raisins

2 bananas preferably mashed

Pre heat your oven at 350 degrees, grease your muffin tin and set it aside.

my ‘muffin’ tin

In a large mixing bowl add your vegetable oil and sugar and mix them well. You can use a wooden spoon for the mixing, I used a cake mixture (wedding gift) though.Then add your egg and vanilla essence and beat the mixture till smooth.

Since I hadn’t mashed my bananas, I added them in and mashed away.

The wet ingredients with the semi mashed bananas

Once the bananas are well incorporated, add the some milk and alternating with the flour. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to fold in the dry ingredients.

Once all are incorporated, add the cake mix (sultanas & raisins) and the chocolate chips. Fold them in, and you are ready to bake.

Using a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto the greased tin.

I really filled them up O-o

Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

Chocolate yumminess

This recipe made 18 muffins.

Ready for serving

This was yesterday’s dinner, Imagine!!! Served with tea and enjoyed them with our lovely neighbours and friends, the Murigis.

Note: The vegetable oil in the recipe in stead of the usual butter/margarine helps in making the muffins moist.

Verdict:

Pretty moist and delicious, though previous muffins have been tastier.

If I could do it over again:

Add lemon zest. Cakes taste so much better with lemon zest