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Carrot Cake With Coconut Icing

INGREDIENTS

Cake

  • 150 g (51/2 oz/11/2 cups) almond meal, or gluten-free flour of your choice
  • 60 g (21/4 oz/1/2 cup) raw chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon stevia powder
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons organic butter, coconut oil or light olive oil
  • 80 ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) additive-free coconut milk
  • 235 g (81/2 oz/11/2 cups) grated carrot
  • walnuts, to decorate (optional)

Coconut Icing

  • 120 g (41/4 oz/3/4 cup) raw, unsalted cashews
  • 300 ml (101/2 fl oz) tinned coconut cream
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 5 or 6 drops stevia, or sweetener of your choice

METHOD

1. To make the coconut icing, place the cashews in a bowl, cover with filtered water and soak for 2 hours. Drain.

2. Place the cashews, half the coconut cream and the lemon zest and juice in a food processor and blitz for a few minutes. Slowly add more coconut cream until the consistency resembles crème fraîche – smooth, not runny, but not so thick as thickened cream. Once the desired consistency is reached, add the stevia liquid, drop by drop, until it reaches the desired sweetness.

3. Transfer to a bowl and add to the coldest section of your fridge for 30 minutes. Alternatively, put it in the freezer for 5–10 minutes to thicken.

4. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/Gas 3) and grease an 18 cm (7 inch) round cake tin.

5. Put the almond meal, walnuts, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and stevia powder in a large bowl and stir to combine.

6. In a separate bowl, place the eggs, butter, coconut oil or light olive oil and coconut milk and whisk to combine.

7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold through with a wooden spoon. Squeeze the excess water out of the carrots (using your hands is best) then add them to the bowl. Fold in lightly. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed in the centre.

8. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. When the cake has cooled, spread the icing over the top using a knife or the back of a spoon and top with the walnuts.This will keep, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

For more recipes from Supercharged Food, Eat, Clean and Vegetarian by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books, £14.99) click here.