Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake!

HULLO and welcome to Cooking with Plink!

I guess you all missed me, huh? Well, I've been hard at work perfecting my latest recipes* and I'm ready to show you how to make an astonishing low fat taste-tastic carrot cake; perfect for when your humans are on the lardy side like mine. This week's challenge is technically bread, but that's on the 'naughty' list at the moment, so we're going to concoct a low-fat carrot cake. This comes in at about 250 calories a slice, assuming your human is prepared to divide it into 10 slices and not scoff the whole thing, the savage brute.

Make sure you're ready to cook; have your human make you a new apron and ensure that you wash the tuna guts off of your hands if you've just been feeding the giant squid.

Here are the things you'll need:
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
That's 250g of unpeeled carrot, 1 1/2  tsp baking powder, 3 large eggs, 100ml sunflower oil, 100g soft brown sugar, 200g self raising flour, 1 orange (well-scrubbed), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 100g sultanas.

Oh, and hand one of these to your human.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Peel those carrots! 
First, peel and grate the carrots. This is hard work, so get your human to do it.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
She did NONE of the work.
Whilst they do that, line the base of a 23cm springform tin with greaseproof paper, brush some oil on the sides and heat that oven to around 180 degrees.

Next, crack your eggs into a bowl and prepare to beat the heck out of them.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Once thoroughly beaten, add the sugar and oil and whisk whisk whisk!

Mix in the carrot and orange zest, then stir in the flour, sultanas, spices and baking powder. Make sure everything is evenly combined.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Mix everything thoroughly.
Plop into the baking tin and smooth out.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Remind your fat human at this point that she's not allowed to lick the bowl. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on the ferocity of your oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then take out, removing the greaseproof from the bottom. Pose with your sexy cake.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Sexy, sexy cake. Notice how it's pretty thin? That's because my springform tin is 27cm. D'oh!
Once cool, you can either sift over a little icing sugar or make the cake even sexier by spreading half a tub of low fat cream cheese mixed with 2tbsp icing sugar and the rest of the orange zest on the top.
Cooking with Plink: Carrot Cake
Even sexier cake!
Feed to your humans to make them less grumpy about losing weight.

*stealing them from the Hairy Biker's "Love Food, Lose Weight" Cookbook... buy it! It's brill!

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