As we aren’t a free from family I had to get my thinking cap on about what to bake this week, but in the end I decided on good old carrot cake as I knew that was sugar free and dairy free, and obviously it can also be gluten free if you use gluten free flour. I changed a couple of ingredients though for a more autumnal feel – as I’m not sure if you’ve felt it yet, but it’s getting a bit cold now! So I added prunes instead of raisins, and chucked some pecan nuts in there too for a bit of crunch. I also decided to make mini loaves instead of a large cake, for a change! If you don’t have a mini loaf tin though, you could alternatively make a large loaf cake. I also couldn’t decide between a sugar or dairy free frosting; I almost went a for a cream cheese frosting but in the end decided on an orange drizzle, so these particular cakes are only dairy free but you could change to your desire. If you left the cakes as they are without any frosting then they would remain both sugar and dairy free.
Ingredients (makes 8)
Ingredients (makes 8)
- 150g self raising flour
- 100g ground almonds
- 50g prunes, roughly chopped
- 50g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
- 4tbsp mixed spice
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 eggs
- 100ml sunflower oil
- 3tbsp milk
- 300g carrots, grated
- 3-4tbsp icing sugar
- 2tsp orange juice
- Preheat oven to gas 4/180C/350F. Lightly grease an 8 hole mini loaf tin.
- Put the flour, almonds, prunes, pecans, mixed spice, and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, oil, and milk together and stir in the grated carrot. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, combining well until a thick batter is formed.
- Fill each hole in the tin with the mixture, about three-quarters full. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin then gently remove.
- Mix together the icing sugar and orange juice to a thick paste, then use a teaspoon to drizzle over the cakes. (They are best eaten straight away with this icing as it does soak in after a while).
- Enjoy (with a cuppa)!
Linking up as usual with Jenny of Mummy Mishaps and host for this week, Kirsty at Hijacked by Twins.