At the very last minute, my friend asked me to bring some cake for her birthday party. It was a weeknight and I had very little time. So, I relied on my time tested recipe and modified it. Carrots are in season and I love putting them to use in every way I can. I had some rum soaked raisins at hand, and they added a wonderful flavour to the cake. The cake came together very quickly and was gone just as fast at the party.
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Oil
1/2 tsp Orange Essence
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Carrot, grated
1/4 cup Raisins, soaked in rum for 24 hours
Preheat the oven to 400F (200 C).
Prepare an 8 inch cake tin by greasing it and dusting it with flour.
Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, sugar, oil, and orange essence. Beat well together. Add the flour mixture to this and blend well. Fold in the grated carrot and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife/skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side.