Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eggless Carrot cake

Today I knew I had to make dessert. My sister is so fond of sweets. Carrot cake has been on my list for some time now. It sounds so inviting. When I imagine carrot cake it already starts melting in my mouth and I reach another world. I am not a big dessert lover so you can imagine that carrot cake is really something.

It is the eighth day of Navratri, a nine day festival of Hindus in which each day a form of the Hindu Deity Durga is worshiped and celebrated. Worshipers don't eat non vegetarian food during this festival so I could not use egg. I had to cook egg less carrot cake. I searched around and landed on a beautiful carrot cake recipe. The cake turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. So here you go :)

Serves 6
Recipe Source: Sharmis Passions

1. 4 medium size carrots (grated carrots measured a little more than a cup)
2. 1 1/2 cup Yoghurt
3. 4 tbsp + 4 tbsp Milk
4. 1 cup sugar
5. 1/2 cup olive oil
6. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
8. 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
9. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
10. 1 tsp baking soda
11. 1 tsp baking powder
12. 1/2 cup cashew nut and raisins
13. 1 tsp salt

Mix both the flours, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl mix 4 tbsp milk, yoghurt, olive oil and sugar. Keep mixing till the sugar dissolves. Now add cinnamon and vanilla extract to this mixture and mix well. Add in the carrots now. Finally add the flour mixture to this mix. I felt that the batter was thick at this point so I added 4 tbsp milk slowly into the mixture. Now add the raisins and half crushed cashew nuts. Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Take a baking tin and grease with olive oil. Pour in the batter and keep inside the oven. Set the timer to 30 minutes. It actually took 25 minutes to cook the cake.
To check whether it is cooked or not put a toothpick/knife inside and if it comes out clean the cake is cooked. You can also garnish with chopped cashew nuts.

It turned out extremely moist and delicious.  I was waiting for the cake to cool down a bit. My niece and her friend was playing and I gave them the side crunch of the cake. They liked it so much and could not stop eating. So when you can't use egg or are out of egg, feel free to replace it with yoghurt.

Bake and enjoy :)

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