Saturday, August 24, 2013

Carrot and Apple Cake with Sunflower Seeds (Thermomix Recipe)

Today we celebrated my cousin's birthday so I decided to try out a new recipe for a carrot and apple cake but of course I gave it a little of my healthier twist. The original recipe called for a fair bit more sugar but I love my cakes not overly sweet using ingredients that are close to nature where possible.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 120g rapadura sugar
  • 80g sunflower seeds
  • 2 large carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 1 green apple (roughly chopped)
  • 130g grapeseed oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 350g bakers flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g sultanas
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. First mill the sugar on speed 10 for 15 seconds.
  3. Next add the sunflower seeds, set to the closed lid position and Turbo three times.
  4. Add the carrots and apple and chop for 4 seconds on speed 5.
  5. Add the oil, eggs and mix for 5 seconds on reverse on speed 5.
  6. Add flour, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and process for 10 seconds on reverse on speed 5.
  7. Add sultanas and mix on reverse speed 3 for 40 seconds.
  8. Pour into tin and bake for 35 minutes on 180 degrees.

 Ingredients for the icing:
  • 100g rapadura sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean cut into pieces
  • 80g butter
  • 250g cream cheese 
  1.  First add the sugar and vanilla bean and mill for 1 minute on speed 10.
  2. Add the butter and melt for 1 minute on 70 degrees speed 1.
  3. Add the cream cheese and mix for 20 seconds on speed 6. 
  4. Spread icing on the cake once it has cooled. 

 I hope this recipe inspires you and that you enjoy this cake as much as my family did!

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