Healthy Cake using Mixed Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

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By: Nathan Willow

Among the many edible root crops, the most versatile by far is the carrot. Unbeknownst to many, it comes in a variety of colors such as purple, red, white and yellow. The most common, of course, is the orange variety. A lot of cake recipes include the carrot because it is incredibly easy and fun not just to cook and bake, but also to savor and digest. Not to mention the nutritional value of carrots, this carrot cake recipe is exceptional. The truly amazing thing, though, is that the beta carotene in carrot is further increased when cooked or baked rather than when eaten raw! Carrots are usually used in bread, juices, puddings, soup, jams; it is also a staple ingredient to stir fried vegetables, most stews and a wide array of food, including the following healthy carrot cake recipe. Treat yourself to this veritable treasure trove of health.

Ingredients:

– Whole wheat flour – 3/4 cup
– Cake flour – 3/4 cup
– Packed brown sugar – 1/2 cup
– Cinnamon powder – 1 tablespoon
– Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
– Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
– Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
– Molasses – 1 1/2 tablespoons (optional)
– Canola oil – 1/4 cup
– Eggs – 2
– Medium-sized orange, juiced – 1 piece
– Orange zest – 1 tablespoon
– Lemon zest – 1 teaspoon
– Raisins – 1/2 cup
– Dried figs, chopped – 5 pieces
– Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoons
– Grated carrots – 2 cups
– Chopped cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Directions:

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.
– Grease spray a 9-inch Bundt pan.
– In a large mixing bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour, cake flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
– Dig a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the molasses (if you will), canola oil, eggs and orange juice.
– Mix until the dry ingredients are thoroughly blended then stir in the orange zest, lemon zest, raisins, dried figs, sesame seeds, carrots and cashew nuts until all are incorporated.
– Pour into the greased baking pan.
– Bake for approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Another indication that the cake is done if the cake springs back once it is lightly touched.
– Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
– Remove from the baking pan using a spatula to ease around the edges of the cake.
– Gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

 

Anukriti Parsai uses traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Anukriti’s Healthy carrot cake recipe is deliciously indulgent and is definitely not for weight watchers!
Anukriti is a contributing member of the Cake Recipe Secrets team.

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Unusual Wedding Cake Toppers Can Be Quite A Talking Point

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The days of the old-fashioned wedding cake topper with the standing figures of the bride in a long white wedding dress, complete with veil, and the groom in black morning dress are fading fast and today we see a growing range of often quite unusual wedding cake toppers.

Cake toppers tend to fall into two categories – those which we might class as traditional, in the sense that they are serious in nature, and those that we might class as humorous or comical wedding cake toppers.

Traditional toppers will include figures of the bride and groom but, while some will still have them standing in the customary white wedding dress and black tail coat, nowadays these will often show the bride and groom either in the actual clothes being worn for the wedding or in more casual attire. A good example of this might be military wedding cake toppers which can not only show the bride or groom in their correct military uniform, but can even show them with the correct medals and decorations.

Traditional toppers will also include such things as floral wedding cake toppers and a variety of different styles of topper displaying the initials of the bride and groom. There are also toppers that depict scenes from nature, including such things as quite beautifully crafted glass models of dolphins, which can make an ideal focal point at your reception for nature lovers and conservationists.

When it comes to funny wedding cake toppers however the choice today is simply amazing and it is relatively easy now to focus in on some aspect of the bride’s or groom’s character, or perhaps a favorite hobby or pastime, and find a humorous wedding cake topper that will really attract your guests’ attention to the cake and raise at least a smile if not a laugh or two.

For the fisherman, for example, there are toppers of the bride catching and reeling in her groom (or vice versa). It is also possible nowadays to get numerous examples of the bride catching her groom as he tries to escape, or dragging him by the collar to the altar.

Today there are wedding cake toppers to suit just about every taste and budget and the list of the different types available includes, amongst others, African American, Hispanic, gay, lesbian, beach, dove, Cinderella and fire fighter wedding cake toppers.

Your wedding reception is a happy and joyous occasion so why not stamp your personalities on the event by choosing an unusual wedding cake topper.

By: Donald Saunders

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