I like the kind of baking that doesn’t leave me with a lot of washing up. So I love a cake I can whiz up in the food processor. And I promise this Carrot and Date Cake recipe is not only delicious, it leaves very little washing up to do. This cake has no sugar and extra vegetables – so it is perfect for a lunchbox! The trick is that it is sweetened with Medjool dates.
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large carrots, grated
11 Medjool Dates – pitted
150g butter, melted
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour (OR 1 cup wholemeal flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder)
Put eggs, bicarb, cinnamon and carrots in food processor and blitz til combined.
Add dates and blitz til finely chopped.
Add melted butter and blitz til mixed in.
Finally add flour and blitz til well mixed.
Spoon mixture into tin* and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).
*I used a long, narrow loaf tin and sprinkled a teeny-tiny bit of brown sugar over the top.
I love this carrot and date cake recipe. I made it up by hacking a few other recipes together and the results were really satisfying. It wasn’t too sweet, and the texture was smooth and moist – which was unexpected given how dry the batter was. It also freezes well. Please let me know how it works if you try it out!