Friday, November 25, 2011

Carrot & Pear Cake (Eggless and Vegan)

When I started baking, I had decided that I won't be using butter (and definitely not in cups and cups) in order to do good to myself, esp to feel good, when I stand in front of the mirror ;)  I also try to use whole wheat flour and avoid or atleast reduce the quantity of all-purpose flour/maida used. Wheat flour is bleached with a substance called Benzoyl peroxide (which is present in hair dyes and is banned in UK china and the European Union. OMG!!) to get white colored Maida. Source : Wikipedia

There are a lot of Carrot Cake recipes over the Web and sure, they all look delicious and tempting! This one caught my attention and I wanted to give it a try. The first time, I made these with an apple, as per the original recipe, just eggless. Simply delicious! Now, I had some pears in my fridge and I thought a pear can be substituted in place of an apple! Sure, they work great!  They are similarly textured and is almost of the same size. I also inserted some walnuts (but of course;) - you can add any nuts - pistachios, pecans or use 1/2 raisins and 1/2 nuts - entirely upto you!

Perfectly moist and full of carrots, this one is a healthy cake that also tastes super-yummy! :) Don't blame me if this cake becomes your tea-time obsession! :)

Carrot and Pear Cake

With the classic CreamCheese frosting!

 

I Used -

Carrots and Pear

1 cup  Whole-Wheat Pastry flour
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
2 tbsp Flax seeds, freshly ground
6 tbsp Warm Water
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Prune Extract (Or Use another 1/4 cup Oil or 1/4 cup Applesauce)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda.
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp All-spice powder (use cardamom powder if you don't have all-spice)
2 medium carrots , peeled and grated (amounting to 1 and 1/2 cups)
1 medium pear (peeled and cut into small cubes)
Walnuts - about 8 nos.

Whole Wheat flour

 

How To -


Preparatory Steps -

  1. Grate Carrots
  2. Cut Pear or Apple
  3. Soak groound Flaxseeds in warm water for 5 minutes then whisk)
  4. Start pre-heating the oven to 180 deg Celcius

 

Procedure -


  • Combine flaxmeal,  oil, prune extract and the sugars until a bit creamy.
Ground flax seeds

It becomes a bit frothy after whisking with warm water

  • In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, salt and all-spice powder.
  • Gradually add to the wet mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in carrots and pear.
  • Mix in coarsely chopped walnuts.
  • Grease a square baking pan with oil or butter (if you don't mind!) and spoon the batter and level it.

Ready to go into the oven

  • Bake at 180 degree Celsius for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake, comes out clean.

Just out of the oven!

Cooled and turned upside down
Close-up!

  • Let cool and then make pieces.
  • Enjoy as such with a cuppa chai tea, like I did! :)

When you serve to guests, you could make a quick frosting with cheese cake, to make it decadent! You could place a walnut on top of each piece for decoration.

Carrot and Pear Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


(To make the frosting, I used equal quantities of cream cheese and sugar, 1/4th of that quantity of butter and a few drops of vanilla - whisk them all together until and creamy and well-incorporated...Ummmm....:)

Notes:


  • Do not add more water than the prescribed ground flaxseed-to-water proportion (1 tbsp flax to 3 tbsp warm water). The end result will be sticky dough-like cake and longer hours of baking.The first time, I used flaxseeds, I added extra water and learnt this lesson the hard way! 

  • While grating carrots and particularly, apple or pear, strain extra juice if there's too much and do not add all the juice to the cake. For this reason, I prefer chopping pear or apple into small pieces (in lieu of grating). Best to not grate carrots fine (Use the bigger grater). This is to prevent the cake from turning overly moist.

This is on the way to Bake Fest @ Zesty Palette


and to Khushi's Bake With Your Heart even.

I'm very happy to send this cake to Christmas Party @ Julie's space - Erivum Puliyum



17 comments:

  1. Carrot cake is my favourite thing; your version is really calling my name; healthy good.
    Rita

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  2. Ever since I started baking, I've been using a LOT more butter than I used to consume :S I love recipes which use only a little bit of fat- it's makes me feel much less guilty! :D I love the idea of using pear/apple in a cake- this sounds delicious!

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  3. Healthy!!! Whenever I bake I think about no butter, no plain flour. But I'll forget them next time. Atleast now I start think about them. Thanks for sharing this recipe dear!

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  4. That's a real healthy bake. Intresting combo of pear and carrots.Bookmarked :)

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  5. What Healthy Twist for the Sweet Tooth.. I am definitely making this .. Thanks for sharing..


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    -Mythreyi
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  6. Oh my yum :D This carrot cake must be so delicious! The combo of carrot and pear sounds very interesting :) And it looks so tempting...oh yes, I'm drooling :D

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  7. The texture looks incredible! Kudos for creativity!
    USMasala

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  8. wow..yummmylicious n healthy version..
    Tasty Appetite

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  9. Wow ... love the eggless and vegan version. Makes it healthy. Thx for linking to the event.

    Vardhini
    Event: Sinful Delights
    Event: Stuffed Paratha

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  10. Wow,the cake looks adorable..A definite yum..Cheers !

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  11. Healthy & such a yummy cake!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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