Happy birthday to me,
I really love carrot cake,
Happy birthday to me!
This carrot cake is a birthday gift to myself and the best part about it…wait…no, the best part is devouring this beauty. But second best is being able to virtually share the gift of cake with all of you! So when you bake and frost and cut devour this recipe in your own kitchen, it’s like we’re connected in a little carroty way.The frosting. It’s unconventional, but so easy and so creamy. All it is freeze dried bananas and non-dairy milk! I used Trader Joe’s freeze dried banana slices, but any will work. It’s based on my Chocolate Cake Unpops with Stratwberry Frosting, but banana. And every birthday cake needs sprinkles, so the granola sprinkles are a must.In other news, Feasting on Fruit has finally, FINALLY made it to WordPress! Woohoo!…And phew! It’s been a 3 day uphill trek with lots of googling, some tedious editing of every single post, and way too much HTML. And I don’t even full understand what CSS is, but I used it.
If I didn’t live thousands of miles away, I would give John from Minimalist Baker a humongous hug right now, because his very detailed Foodie Pro Master Setup Guide videos made my life SO much easier! Even though it still took me a while, it would’ve taken even longer without those awesome videos.
So sorry for the brief FF outage, but I hope you like the new site as much as I do. There are still a few bumps and lumps to straighten out, plugins to explore, and font sizes to fix, but I’m slowly coming out of my web designing hole and joining the world again. Well as much as I ever do.I can’t wait to get back to less technical stuff and more tasty stuff! Like cake…
Yields 6 servings
30 minPrep Time
50 minCook/Chill Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 medium carrots (about 3/4 cup grated)
1 cup dates
1 cup water
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 cup coconut sugar (see note)
CREAMY BANANA FROSTING
2 cups freeze dried bananas (one 2.5 oz package)
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown rice syrup
- FOR THE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grind the oats into flour.
- In a food processor, combine the dates and water to form a paste.
- Add the carrots. Process until there are no large chunks of carrot left.
- Add the baking powder, spices, and coconut sugar. Process to combine.
- Add the oat flour. Process to form a thick batter. It will be thicker than a normal cake batter.
- Pour the batter into a 6" round cake pan lined with parchment paper (or oiled). Smooth the top.
- Bake at 350F for approximately 50 minutes, or until the top is domed and no longer squishy in the middle.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
- FOR THE GRANOLA SPRINKLES: Mix everything together with a fork until clumpy.
- Spread out on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350F. Let it cool.
- FOR THE BANANA FROSTING: Blend everything until smooth.
- Now assemble your glorious cake and devour!
What flavor of cake do you go for on your birthday?
And to my fellow bloggers, what WordPress tips do you have for this WP newb?