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Carrot Cake..A special celebration

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A big hello to all of you. Just in case you were wondering where have I vanished..here is something special to share with you. God has been really kind and has blessed us with a beautiful angel. My second daughter was born on June 9th, 2016. Our lives just got a lot happier, the big sister being the happiest of all. 🙂

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This carrot cake was made to celebrate her “1 month” completion and is therefore a very special one. Just in case you have never had a carrot cake before, let me warn you that it won’t taste like carrot. That’s the primary difference between baking with fruits and vegetables, A banana bread has an amazing flavor of the fruit but hide some zucchini in a bread and no one will ever know. Shredded carrots lend a beautiful color and texture to this cake and makes the cake very moist and delicious. A full serving of vegetables in a dessert..How awesome is that 🙂

 

So without wasting any more time, lets make this delicious carrot cake

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups

Grated carrots – 2 1/2 cups

Eggs – 4

Sugar – 1 1/2 cups

Oil – 1 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1 tsp

Cinnamon powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cream Cheese – 8 oz

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Powdered Sugar – 2 cups

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lighty grease a 9 inch cake pan. Finely grate the carrots and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder.
  3. Using an electric or hand mixer, beat the eggs until frothy and then add in the sugar and beat till the batter is thick and creamy. Slowly add in the oil and vanilla extract and continue mixing.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in the carrots and raisins.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. You can enjoy the cake as is or frost it if you like.
  6. Use an electric or hand mixer and blend together the ingredients listed under cream cheese frosting until smooth and well combined.
  7. Spread the frosting as desired and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Enjoy.

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So that is how I made this carrot cake to celebrate my daughter’s one month in our lives.

You never really know how happy someone can make you..until they come along. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you try this cake.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Vegan Banana Pecan Bread..A keeper recipe

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Hello everyone. I hope you guys are doing well. I am on a “constant happy mode” these days. Just in case you didn’t know my parents are visiting us here and I am so delighted with all the love, pampering and of course the good food. 🙂

Today I am sharing the recipe of a vegan Banana Pecan Bread. I made this to welcome my parents and they give it a big thumps up. I wanted to make something without egg for them but haven’t really had good success with yogurt or other egg substitutes earlier so was a little skeptical with this one. The good thing was I didn’t add any egg substitute here, expect for an additional banana and it worked like a charm. I would definitely be making this again. I have used Pecans here but you can definitely add walnuts or your choice of nuts or chocolate chips as well.

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Now lets pick up some of those ripe bananas and make this delicious bread 😛

Ingredients:

All purpose Flour – 1.5 cups (Can also use whole wheat flour instead)

Very Ripe Bananas – 4, medium

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Oil – 2/3 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

A pinch of salt

Chopped Pecans – 1 cup

Procedure:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease well a 9 inch loaf pan with butter and keep aside.
  2. Peel and mash the over ripe bananas with a fork or use a blender. Mix in the Oil and Sugar to the banana puree.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt. Keep aside.
  4. Take some flour and coat well about 3/4 cup of the pecans. This ensures that the pecan do not sink to the bottom of the pan while baking. We will use the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans for garnish.
  5. Mix the coated pecans with flour mixture.
  6. Now gently mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones, making sure not to over mix. Just use a rubber spatula.
  7. Finally, pour this mixture in your greased pan and give it a gentle tap and shake to take out any air bubbles.
  8. Garnish with the remaining pecans on top of the bread.
  9. Bake it for about 40 minutes, more or less, depending on your oven, until a toothpick inserted at the center on the bread comes out clean.
  10. Let the bread cool at the kitchen counter for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with your favorite beverage.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

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So that is how I made this healthy and delicious bread and welcomed my parents 🙂

I hope you will give this a try and let me know if you like it.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu 😀