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Naked Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

That got your attention didn’t it?

Since this is Friday the 13th I thought maybe we could all use a little pick-me-up.

Most people celebrate special occasions with cake.  At our house cake is a reason for celebration all its own.   And why not?  Especially when you health it up a bit.

All cakes at our house are naked — without frosting.  What did you think I meant?

I know carrot cake traditionally has a cream cheese icing.  But a rich, moist, dense cake like carrot cake really doesn’t need it.   Leave off the icing and you can really taste the full flavor of the cake.

Here’s my recipe — give it a try and let me know what you think.

Naked Carrot Cake

Gluten Free Carrot Cake
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Serves: 12

 

Prep Time: 30 minutes.

 

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Ingredients

1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup agave nectar

1/2 cup powdered stevia sweetener
3 Tablespoons flax seed meal dissolved in 6 Tablespoons hot water (or 3 eggs or any equivalent combination of the eggs and flax
1 cup buckwheat flour
2 cups of your favorite gluten free flour blend
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 can crushed pineapple with juice (mom’s recipe calls for a small can but I use a large one)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 can raisins (if you don’t like raisins, leave them out)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients. Mix until well blended.
3. Pour into prepared 9 x 13 pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
5. I think this cake is best served plain and needs no icing.  However if you must have icing there are plenty of recipes available online.
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Celebrate the Small Things: Cake

Carrot CakeCopyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Most people celebrate special occasions with cake.  At our house cake is a reason for celebration all its own.   And why not?

This week I made a carrot cake and we are still celebrating.  Click here for my Carrot Cake Recipe and you can join the celebration.

There is a weekly Blog Hop at Scribblings of an Aspiring Writer called Celebrate the Small Things. I like the idea, so on Fridays I will write a blog post about one small thing worth celebrating during the week.  Please feel free to visit Scribblings of an Aspiring Writer to see what other people are celebrating.

What small things are you celebrating?