The electricity department thinks it to be funny to cut the juice for so long today. Sigh… Today is my birthday and usually I don’t really celebrate much, but I thought it would be fun to reward my readers with my mums carrot cake recipe and most importantly with a cool GOA Handicraft Giveaway, sponsored by moi! More about the latter further down, first let’s get to the Carrot cake, my all time Birthday cake!
My mum started to make that cake when I was around 7 years old, but first just after Christmas time. Back then I was shocked at the Idea of a Carrot cake, simply because I didn’t like Carrots at that age, which was by the way caused by the famous vegetable soup, which my mum would make too often. Anyway, when I had my first bite of the carrot cake, I fell in love with it instantly, so that I asked my mum every year to make it for my birthday. That’s how it all started!
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So, today I wanted to share my mums recipe with you, because I believe one should share something special with their friends on such a day. The recipe was barely changed since my mum handed it over, I only reduced the butter amount a bit and this time I have used whipping cream icing to finish the cake nicely. My mum used to make a chocolate Ganache, if you want you can try that as well.
Now I just wished I could share a piece with you all!!
- 600 grams grated Carrots
- 150 grams scraped Coconut
- 300 grams White Flour
- 10 grams Baking powder
- 325 grams Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- pinch Salt
- 180 milliliter Oil
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Rum
- 250 ml Whipping Cream
- 2 Tablespoon White Sugar
- First of all make sure that your Carrots are grated. You will need a good amount of 600 grams to make the cake. Once they are all grated, keep aside. Scrape 150 grams fresh Coconut or use packed one and keep aside as well.
- Grab a huge Mixing bowl and add the Flour, Baking Powder, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Powder and Salt. (The Brown Sugar we get here is super dark, the one I am used to in Europe is much lighter in color, which is better for the cake color, that is why the cake appears to contain chocolate in the picture ^.^). Mix the whole content!
- Now, make a well into the center of the flour sugar mixture and break in the eggs and pour in the oil and rum.. Mix well!
- Continue with the scraped Coconut, add it and mix it smooth.
- The same with the grated Carrots. Add it all and carefully mix it all well to a smooth Cake mixture.
- Now Preheat the oven for 5 minutes at 180 C.
- Grab a big round Cake mold, grease it and dust it with flour a bit. That will help the cake to come out smoothly without breaking, once finished baked. Pour the whole cake mixture into the mold.
- Bake the Cake at 180 C. for about 50 - 55 minutes. Once you feel it should be finished baked, grab a knife and poke into the center to check if the cake is finished and well baked. If anything is left on the knife, it will need a couple of more minutes to get ready in the oven.
- Once it has cooled after baking, take the cake out carefully so that it doesn't break.
- In a cool bowl add the Whipping Cream and the Sugar and beat it well until stiff. Don't over beat it or it will kind of "break". (I did that once in college and it was a mess, had to start from scratch). just do it with the hand, doesn't take more then 2-3 minutes!
- Spread the Frosting evenly onto the cake surface and even on the sides. That's pretty fun because nothing ever falls off and you should be done in a minute or two. 😉
- Ready to be served!
The other day I went for a round to one of my favorite local Handicraft shops here in Goa. The shopping chain is a Government initiative, so to support talented local artists and handcraft professionals. I believe that’s a wonderful project, especially when I think that so many people from villages deep down in Goas forest’s get a chance to proof themselves, continue their ancestors traditional unique works and even earn money in a regular basis to sustain themselves. In the same time I know as a customer that the work was paid fairly, since the Government is taking care of it! The chains name, only available in selected locations in Goa yet, is named Aparant. If you want there is a page here where you can buy authentic handicrafts from them, at www.ghrssidc.org
I am a fan of unique hand made cultural objects and I figured that some of you might get as excited about such gifts as I do. That is why I give YOU the chance to win this set of goan handmade house decoration, containing, 1 Coconut Carafe, 1 Crochet Table runner and 1 Goa Picturesque for the wall! I can imagine some of you might get some brilliant Ideas on how to use them effectively in their house hold. Others will be glad to extend their props collection. ^.^
Please follow the rules to win the set!
Leave a comment underneath this post to enter the Giveaway.
The winner will be calculated via Random.org and will be announced in a week on the 16th of November 2012 here!
Again, this Giveaway is sponsored by me, and I ll be taking care of the sending costs! 😀