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April 25, 2012

There were a lot of carrots in the fridge going slightly soggy. Peaches seems to have gone off carrots and Hermione only eats a tiny bit at a time, but that’s to be expected because she is a hamster.   A means of using as many carrots as possible was needed – I ruled out cooking them with butter and ginger (which is very nice) because that wouldn’t use enough, and they’re a bit soft for eating raw with hummus – you’d have to be a real carrot fan.

Carrot cake seemed like the best option, but Arlo declared he doesn’t like carrot cake.  I used to have  recipe for carrot fudge –  not a British war time recipe (which you can find on the carrot museum – I kid you not –  website – link here)  but a more exotic Jewish one which used masses of grated carrot – but I can’t find it. No matter. I made carrot cake anyway – and grating a pile of carrots is a good way of keeping a boy occupied. “Slave labour” he said indignantly.

This cake doesn’t really fall into the “good for you” carrot cake genre, even though it contains carrots and is made with oil, not saturated fat. It makes a spongy cake which you can ice with equal amounts of cream cheese and icing sugar mixed together – or not, depending on how healthy you are pretending the cake is.

Grate 9oz of peeled carrots fairly coarsely. Weigh 8oz flour – you could use wholemeal or half white half wholemeal – and 1oz fine oatmeal and put into a bowl with 9oz dark muscovado sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of ginger. Rub together with your fingers to ensure there are no lumps. Lightly beat 4 eggs and add them to the mixture along with 7fl oz sunflower oil. This seems like a lot, but don’t skimp on it because it makes a difference. Mix it all together well, put into an 8″ greased and floured square baking tin and bake for about 50 minutes at about 180c.

The nice thing about this cake is that it does use a lot of carrots and the cake is one of the nicest carrot cakes I’ve tasted. It might be improved with the addition of some chopped walnuts, but as the beloved is allergic to walnuts I tend to avoid them. Shame really.

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