I hv to clear a few things in my fridge bef Monday and that includes yogurt, thickened cream, double cream and also whipping cream.. I also hv like 1 big tub of egg whites in my fridge ... to throw them away means its a wastage.. to use it up to bake means I will hv to bake twice as much... and all my creams... its not that they are abt to expire... the thing is we will be away again fm Monday and hence the urgency for me to use it up by this weekend.
Anyway today I managed to use up my yogurt for my baking and cooking... one down a few more tub to go..
Carrot cake... all my life I hv never tasted it let alone bake it... baking something with carrot is something that I tried to avoid (Carrot = veggie).. well until last weekend when we were at Evita's place for brunch.. Alex (her hb) had baked a loaf of carrot cake and I decided to hv a slice and the first thing I asked him was... "Did u add mashed banana in ur carrot cake cos this cake tastes like banana cake?? he confirmed it and i got addicted.. anything with banana means good to eat lol
Sooo this recipe doesnt come fm Alex... I found this recipe in KG's blog.. she uses mashed bananas and I thought why not gv this recipe a try.. tastes almost the same as Alex's recipe.. a little denser tho.. but still I will force hb to ask Alex (hb's GM by the way) for his secret recipe :o))
2 cups plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (i added nutmeg powder too)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup walnuts - chopped
125 g butter - heated just to melt
3/4 cups dried dates - chopped finely (i used raisins)
3 ripe bananas - mashed (abt 1 1/2 cup)
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (i used plain yogurt)
2 large eggs - whisk lightly
Cream cheese frosting
200 gm cream cheese
125 gm butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Preheat oven 175C.. grease 2 8x8 cake tin with parchment paper (i used bundt pan)
Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Stir in walnuts...set aside.
Stir dates into melted butter, spreading the dates, add the sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas and carrots.
Stir in the dates mixture
Whisk in yogurt and eggs.
Add flour mixture and stir until everything is well incorporated.
Divide batter into 2 cake tins, bake for about 50 minutes.
Cream cheese frosting
Beat cream cheese and butter. Add in icing sugar. Whisk for a few minutes and add in vanilla and lemon juice.
Note: I decided not to frost my carrot cake eventho I hv 2 blocks of cream cheese... am taking it light today muahahha.. yeah right!