December 26, 2009

Carrot and Raisin Cake

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.


Arundhuti S. Rama said...

Your cake looks perfect!

Faiza Ali said...

Looks yummy and perfect..

Nupur said...

Looks wonderful, so your friends always call on you to supply the cake?

And do you always have rum soaked raisins on hand? :D Just pulling your leg!

shahana said...

looks yummy!!!

Ashwini said...

Hey Raaga! Your cake looks yum, will try this cake since I have Carrots and loads of it in pantry.

Merry Christmas to you and fly and Happy Holidays!!


Ms.Chitchat said...

Lovely and healthy cake. A simple recipe too, encouraging even the beginners to try :):) Pic looks tempting.


Raaga said...

Thanks all :)

Nupur: Yeah, I have friends who call me to bail them out... once at 2 am, we were a bunch of us sitting at home, and I got a request for a chocolate cake. And we cut the cake half an hour later.

The rum soaked raisins... I soaked them in September to make rum raisin muffins... which never happened.

Chitchat: You should try this out. It is very simple.

Sheetal Kiran said...

Golden and gorgeous! Love the idea of using rum-soaked raisins ... carrots and rum, sounds good!

Linda said...

Wow -- I envy you that ability to 'whip up a cake' at a moment's notice like that! Looks delicious, too :)

Nandita said...

Just tried this with half the leftover rum soaked fruit - with a few modifications, turned out superb!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Very moist & yummy cake...saw your link at ushanandini's have a wonderful space here..with lot of lovely recipes to try...Glad I found your blog..