Two weeks ago, I dropped by a cafe (SOHO Coffee Co.) to grab a coffee and a slice of cake before going to my class to teach.
I tried their vegan carrot cake for the first time. The texture was so soft and light, and the taste was beautiful. Nuts and dry flower petals were sprinkled on the top, which looked lovely. I immediately decided to reproduce the cake at home (but not a vegan version).
This recipe is one of my favourites: Healthier Carrot Cake.
I replaced wholemeal flour with plain flour, and added more grated carrots (350g) and walnut pieces (150g) instead of crushed pineapple pieces to the recipe.
For the cream cheese frosting, I used Lightest Philadelphia (180g) and 50g icing sugar and lemon zest.
On top of the frosting, I sprinkled some pine nuts and cornflower petals, which give extra favour. I must say it looked identical to the vegan carrot cake sold at the cafe. Luca was impressed with how pretty it was.
The cake turned out good but not excellent! I think I would reduce the amount of carrots next time; 350g carrot and 150g walnut were too much, and the grating was too coarse. The cake is a bit too crunchy, and the edge of the cake is like biscotti (which I loved actually). BUT the flavour is fantastic, and I like this crunchy carrot cake bar.
Together with decaf English breakfast tea, we enjoyed this cake in the late afternoon. We had to skip dinner as the cake was so filling!