Friday, December 31, 2010

Flourless Carrot Cake and Farewell 2010, welcome 2011

Reflecting on the Year that is almost drawing to a close i am reminded of a quote i read sometime back-- Life is not a matter of milestones but of moments !!

And what a Great Collage of Moments 2010 has been ! Thoroughly a mixed bag, 2010 for me has been one roller-coaster ride throughout 

As Deepak Chopra says ' The Greatest response to Life is Joy !" , I bid a joyous farewell to 2010 and give a hearty welcome to 2011 with open arms, hope and glee !
On this cheerful note i decided to indulge in my new found interest ----Baking ! I decided on baking this cake that has been bookmarked for quite some time. What piqued my interest was the absence of flour and butter in a carrot cake.
This cake is a good bye gift to the year gone by and a Toast to the many wonderful moments to come !

The original recipe can be found here
  • Unsalted toasted almonds - 1 1/2 cups
  • Raw brown (turbinado) sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 tsp
  • Freshly grated nutmeg - 1/2 tsp ( put in 1/4 tsp)
  • Grated lemon zest - 2 tsp ( i used 1 tsp)
  • Large eggs - 4
  • Organic white sugar - 1/3 cup ( used white sugar )
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Finely grated carrots - 2 cups
Here's How :-
Heat the oven to 175 C. Oil a cake pan, and line it with parchment. Lightly oil the parchment. Dry roast the almonds till they turn a golden brown and appear a little scorched at the ends. Grate the carrots as finely as possible . A look at the ingredients

Combine the almonds and the brown sugar in a food processor . 

Blend until the almonds are finely ground. Add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest, and pulse together. 

Beat the eggs until thick.  Add the sugar, and continue to beat for some time till the mix turns frothy . Beat in the vanilla

Add the almond mixture and the carrots in three alternating additions, and slowly beat or fold in each time. 

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place in the oven, and bake one hour until firm to the touch . A fork inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean. 

Remove from the heat, and allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes.  Dust with Icing  Sugar ! Allow the cake to cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic.

The cake was perfectly moist, fluffy and very delicate tasting ! In fact it tasted even better after being refrigerated !

So here's wishing a very Happy, Prosperous  & Joyous  2011


  1. Nice recipe without an flour...was it very dense? I can see that the almonds are anice addition...
    and 4 eggs??? wow thats a lot!!!


  2. @ anubhavati- shobha, it was light n fluffy and yes even i was wondering if i should go with the 4 eggs, since it was without flour n butter i stuck to the recipe ! now that i know how the cake turns out, will probably do away with 2 eggs the next time !

  3. Carrot cake without flour looks so soft and moist..

  4. Happy 2011 dear!!!
    Cake looks super yummy! :D

  5. what a delicious looking cake! lovely.. have a wonderful new year..

  6. Hi Priya,Wish you a very happy new year.May this year be filled with all that is best and beautiful in life :)

  7. delicious cake
    happy new year to you and family

  8. Love this recipe! The cake looks absolutely delicious! Hope you have a happy new year!

  9. flourless carrot cake looks delicious. Happy new year to you and your family.

  10. May this new year bring many opportunities to your way,
    to explore every joy of life
    may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm,
    turning all your dreams into reality
    and all your efforts into great achievements.
    Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

  11. I have a recipe here of eggless carrot cake.Flourless carrot cake is simply amazing! :)
    Loving the texture too!!
    Wishing you a Great year ahead, girl!

    Bharathy :)

  12. Wish u a very happy new year. Cake looks perfect & delish :)

  13. Hi! Ur bakery items going some wherebeyond reach.Good going.Keepit up!

  14. Very Much different recipe without flour... and also the almonds are very good addition...but I felt sad as I cant prepare this because of eggs(I don't eat egg)!!!

    I wish You very Happy New Year,,,,to you and your family,,,,

  15. Flour less cake? Wow! looks fantastic!
    Wish you a very Happy New Year!

  16. The cake looks awesome and thats a healthy cake to start the new year with.Happy New Year!!

  17. your presentation Priya..
    My Heartiest Wishes for 2011..:)
    Tasty appetite

  18. Wow,they look fantastic! Awesome recipe n they just are making me drool..
    Have a great n prosperous 2011 dear Priya!!

    US Masala

  19. nice cake recipe without flour thanks for sharing

  20. Lately, I have been collecting Gluten free recipes for my husband and this cake perfectly fits the criteria of being flourless. Thanks sweetie for sharing this recipe. Wishing you and your family a Happy 2011!

  21. Happy New Year, Priya! What a wonderful way to farewell 2010 and usher in 2011 - the cake looks absolutely delicious and very healthy! Thank you for sharing